Published September 13, 2012 - 1:15pm
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Teams and coaches use anything for an edge on their opponent at any time. Just look what the Patriots did in SpyGate. Although SpyGate broke every single rule possible and was blatant cheating, teams steal their opponents’ signs, calls and plays all the time during games that’s not considered cheating. But we usually don’t hear about it in the media because coaches and players usually keep that kind of stuff under their hat.
If it seemed like Mississippi State knew Auburn’s every move last weekend and looked very good on defense, they might have known exactly what was coming at them.
After the drubbing of Auburn 28-10, Mississippi State let out a little too much information about knowing quarterback Kyle Frazier’s play calls at the line.
“It makes our job as coaches so much easier when (MSU senior linebacker) Cam Lawrence is signaling over his head every time they were calling a pass,” MSU co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Geoff Collins said Monday.
Senior defensive back Corey Broomfield added: “We do a great job of preparing and we knew what the play was before they ever ran them. That’s not a joke. We knew what they were doing, where the ball was going and who was getting it before the ball was snapped.”
Cam Lawrence said, “My teammates and I got into (Frazier’s) head and that’s one thing I’m going to do every game if you’re on offense against me. He would call out the signals and I’d tell everybody what the play was and he’d get that confused look in his face.”
Gene Chizik said he wasn’t aware that this was going on.
“I’m not aware. We can rectify that problem.”
I have no problem with this, because teams are always looking for a leg up on their opponent. It’s called smart play by Cam Lawrence and the MSU coaching staff, and it’s been going on forever in nearly every sport. It’s not cheating; don’t go there. With a young and inexperienced quarterback in Kiehl Frazier, you can expect some of this stuff. Whether Mississippi State knew going into this game or picked it up during the game, Auburn needs to get this fixed before next week.
In a related – or not so-related – incident, Alabama offensive tackle DJ Fluker was said to be tipping their plays heading into the WKU game. SBNation had the story from WKU coach Eric Mathies about Fluker lining up different in pass plays versus run plays.
“When (offensive lines) have big guys, like big, big guys, they change how they get in their stance. So Fluker’s 6-6, 320. When it’s run, he’ll get down in his three-point stance because he’s coming off. When it’s pass, he’s got that right foot back.”
Nick Saban was thoroughly upset with his offensive line after the game. After all, the Tide won 35-0, but Bama gave up six sacks to the Hilltoppers and ran for only 103 yards, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.
Saban didn’t know anything about the possible tip until informed by reporters yesterday, but wasn’t too concerned.
“We actually asked some of their coaches on their staff if they had any clues on us, and they said they didn’t. I don’t know. I hadn’t heard (about that statement)…
Good to know.”
So, the media informs Saban of the tip, and I’m sure he’s greatly appreciative. Maybe this bought the media a mulligan the next time an opponent is not respected.