Auburn-Louisville: The All-Time Atlanta Hate Game

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Guessing you’ve seen this once or twice. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Hoover, Ala. — After Auburn kicked off, as it were, the first of the SEC’s four Media Days here Monday, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl staffers filed through the main media room handing out a fact sheet on the 2015 Kickoff Classic, which will be held Sept. 5 in the doomed Georgia Dome. They billed it as “a projected Top 25 matchup.” They should have billed it this way:

The All-Time Atlanta Hate Game.

Auburn is one of the participants, and Auburn and Georgia have been having at it for more than a century. “Like two brothers wrestling,” is how the former Auburn publicist/athletic director David Housel famously put the Deep South’s oldest rivalry, and there was a time when fraternity prevailed. (After all, Vince Dooley played at Auburn and Pat Dye at Georgia.)

That time, alas, is gone. Georgia fans still haven’t gotten over being hosed — literally — after Dooley’s Bulldogs upset Dye’s Tigers in 1986. (Auburn officials turned water cannon on celebrants who wouldn’t leave. I was there. It remains among the strangest sights I’ve beheld.) More recently, Bulldog backers were incensed when Nick (un)Fairley kept pile-driving Aaron Murray into the turf in 2010, and the 2013 Prayer at Jordan-Hare ripped civility to pieces.

Georgia lost to Auburn on pass thrown by Nick Marshall, who’d been a Bulldog until he was kicked off the team for his role in a dormitory theft, and deflected by defenders Tray Matthews and Josh Harvey-Clemons. The Tigers would go on to the play for the BCS title. For the Bulldogs, worse was to come.

Matthews was dismissed from the program after being charged with theft by deception (trying to cash the same scholarship check twice) and then being involved in a classroom altercation with a teacher. Ouch. He transferred to Auburn. Double ouch.

Harvey-Clemons had earlier been given the Bulldog boot for what were reported as failed drug tests. He transferred to Louisville. Auburn’s opponent in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic?

Louisville.

Harvey-Clemons and Matthews figure to start for their new teams Sept. 5 after sitting out last season. (Matthews was the MVP of Auburn’s spring game.) Auburn’s defense will be coordinated by Will Muschamp, who played at Georgia but had the unmitigated gall to coach Florida, albeit not well. Louisville’s defense will be coordinated by Todd Grantham, who was Georgia’s defensive coordinator until he had the unmitigated gall to go make even more money elsewhere.

Oh, yeah. Almost forgot. Louisville is coached by Bobby Petrino, who ran out on the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 after 13 games. He wound up in Louisville by way of Western Kentucky because, while the Arkansas coach, he went for a motorcycle ride that didn’t end well.

A check of Auburn’s web site showed that tickets are still available for this bilious affair. I’m not here to tell you what to do with your money, but if you ever had a hankering to sit in a big air-conditioned building and boo everyone who moves for the next 3 1/2 hours, this would seem your day.

Also from Media Days: Auburn banks on a big QB with a big arm.

Also this: Ahead of the blather, an SEC Media Days primer.

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HeyThere
HeyThere

Don't forget current Auburn D(bag) Coordinator who did his best to ruin the Georgia Southern program, and nearly succeeded, in just one year as "head coach"

DawgVoiceofReason
DawgVoiceofReason

@HeyThere You seem confused.  The current DC for Auburn is Muschamp, who coached at UF and did a lot to HELP Georgia Southern. A former Auburn (and UGA) DC who coached at GSU was BVG, who is now coaching at Notre Dame.

jcatl
jcatl

I wonder in which way UGA will choke this season?  Will it be early vs South Carolina or late vs GaTech, or both?

jdcigar
jdcigar

First of all, Bradley has always had it in for Auburn, must have gotten shot down by an Auburn Coed many years ago.  Second, lets quit pretending that Atlanta is a UGA town.  It is an SEC town, and there are plenty of fans here from all the SEC teams.


Petrino obviously has the biggest connection of hate to Atlanta.  All the focus should be on that weasel.

Peachs
Peachs

Georgia's best win was against Louisville last year, I think the quarterback was hurt but still that team had more drafted than any team in the country. UL and Auburn have lots of money and lots of players, seems the NCAA could leave UNC alone and go after someone like this.

Andrew Scott Campbell
Andrew Scott Campbell

@Peachs What money does Auburn have that UGA doesn't have? You need to come up with some facts before you throw around accusations based on nothing at all except the thoughts in your head, which are obviously lacking in truth.

DawgVoiceofReason
DawgVoiceofReason

@Peachs WRONG!  The NCAA should be going after UNC with both guns blazing.  They have cheated in a huge way for 10 to 15 years across ALL (or virtually all) of their sports. If PSU got close to the death penalty, UNC should absolutely get the death penalty.  There were thousands of players/students (cough) involved.  This story is huge and seems to be getting minimized because it's "UNC".  I used to respect them; I don't anymore. 

GetontheGusBus
GetontheGusBus

AU plays in the dome more than UGA! Whats up with that??? O its a winning thang!!!

GaLatino
GaLatino

Nah, I'll just sit in my small air-conditioned house and boo everyone that moves for three hours, then hope for a tie. lmao

Savdon
Savdon

Dang.  That was not an easy read.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Expect a large spike in crime that weekend in Atlanta.  

RxDawg
RxDawg

"but if you ever had a hankering to sit in a big air-conditioned building and boo everyone who moves for the next 3 1/2 hours, this would seem your day."

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No kiding man...

TOJacket
TOJacket

No way Auburn could win with that Rodney Garner?

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DrPhill
DrPhill

I watched the Auburn spring game last night on SEC. I think that the Auburn quarterback has the arm like Jameis Winston without Winston's shortcomings of character. I suspect that Auburn will be the last team standing in the SEC West by December.

ckdawgs
ckdawgs

Funny article Mark Bradley

THEMAJOR
THEMAJOR

Bradley still upset that his wife thought the Auburn man was a way better lover

creative
creative

@Andrew Scott Campbell Stop with your silly terms, like butt hurt, sisters of the poor and won the internet.  Its not clever and not funny.  The dumb part is that the author is neither of the things described.  You just think its funny to put the cliche of the day in your statement.  

Harlemdawg
Harlemdawg

So basically uga fans and falcons fans can pull for a bad 24 hr virus to sweep the field and side lines sending everyone to the locker room. Talk about a morally bankrupt football game. Jeez!

SlackTown
SlackTown

AU's loaded again---auburn beats lville like  rented mule! with muschamp running the D, AU upsets alabama and wins the SEC west.  take it to the bank!

RxDawg
RxDawg

@ClubShack Cause Auburn always does what the experts predict for them right?

GT71
GT71

MB trying to drum up local support (orders from HQ) for a game few give a hoot about, played by teams no one but the local 'alumni' clubs care about, put on at a time no one wants to see a football game.

Fail trifecta...but good try, Bradley.

tennDAWG
tennDAWG

They should bill it as " The Criminals versus The Convicts ".

cmac22
cmac22

Funny how one schools trash can be propped up & be anothers treasure!!!

Buckhead Vol
Buckhead Vol

I found it a great article and interesting.  I get tired of the drivel about UGA this and UGA that.  If Atlanta is the capital of the south, then it's newspaper should report on sports throughout the south.  Not just UGA.  

tennDAWG
tennDAWG

@Buckhead Vol Hillbilly High has a newspaper,you can get all the Butchie Boi you want in the Knoxville Crappie Wrapper.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

Read the Knoxville whatever for your Vols slobber, no one here cares so no one will read it. This is Georgia you jacka$$ so they report on UGA news and some GT. It has more to do with numbers and readership, than some stupid nickname.

creative
creative

@Buckhead Vol  Dude, as a Tech fan, I hate UGA, but that's in the top 20 of dumb posts on here.  Actually you should consider yourself a winner to make it in the top 20.  Think about all the retarded comments on these blogs every day and you cracked the top 20, barley, but you made it.  Good job.  

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