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Phillip's blog: An interesting time ...

From Cam Newton’s Heisman Trophy and his appearances on national television shows to the Gus Malzahn saga, what an interesting time it has been since Auburn won the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4.

Phillip Marshall, Senior Editor, AuburnUndercover.com

Some thoughts as things slow down:

The Heisman Trophy announcement show was an embarrassment for ESPN, or at least is should have been. Surely, some of these people who have made a living out of trashing a 21-year-old college football player must question themselves when they lie down to sleep at night. ...

That Malzahn turned down the opportunity to become a very wealthy man at Vanderbilt to remain as Auburn’s offensive coordinator says a lot about the Auburn program and a lot about the Vanderbilt program. ...

The Washington Post and Thayer Evans of Foxsports.com reported Malzahn was headed to Vanderbilt. I wonder if either one will admit being wrong. Nah, I don’t really wonder. I know the answer. ...

Newton has shown far more class than those who have tried their best to lure him into saying something he would regret. Did they really expect him to throw his own father under the bus? ...

As reporters, we should deal in facts, not in innuendo. I guess the 12 people who agreed to leave Newton off the Football Writers Association of America All-America team must have forgotten that, or didn't care. Instead, they decided to join the lynch mob. ...

Almost lost in all the other stuff is that offensive tackle Lee Ziemba and defensive tackle Nick Fairley are first-team All-Americans. And Fairley brought home the Lombardi Award. ...

It’s a good thing the BCS National Championship Game is still almost four weeks away. It’s bound to take Newton a few days to come down to earth after the past three days. From what I’ve seen the past six weeks, I don’t have any doubt he’ll be ready to play at the top of his game. ...

Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley made a bold move by hiring Will Muschamp to replace Urban Meyer, but I beileve it was a good move. Muschamp has everything it takes to be a great one, and now he has one of the top jobs in the game. ...

If I was making the decision at Vanderbilt, my first call this morning would be to Mike Leach. Quirky or not, a guy that can win 84 games in 10 seasons at Texas Tech has something going for him.

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