“I would have loved to have seen Nick but I understand Coach Malzahn’s change of heart in deciding to leave him home and I think leaving him at home today was probably a very good decision,” said Ann Rutledge, an Auburn fan waiting to catch a glimpse of Malzahn at Monday’s press conference.
“You have to have some form of punishment you know, if you do the crime you have to do the time,” said Marlon Levert. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to see Nick Marshall and get an autograph but hey, I feel he did something bad, he has to be punished for it.”
Most Auburn fans at Media Days took Malzahn’s side on this one. However, Nick Borden from Decatur has higher expectations for the Auburn QB. “I feel like he should have been here. I feel like he should have manned up for what he did and instead of letting the players have to talk for him, let him speak about the whole controversy,” said Borden.
It’s really not just about Nick Marshall. We’ve seen multiple players in the SEC getting in trouble this summer. “It’s like the Iron Bowl has begun, and it’s which team is going to have the most arrests this year,” joked Rutledge.
Some fans think they’re just kids being kids. “That’s a lot of pressure so you got to understand they’re college kids and they’re going through what a normal college kid goes through, only thing is their actions are magnified by what they do on the field,” said Levert.
But others lose faith in those guys who are supposed to be leaders on and off the field. “Not many people get this opportunity,” said Borden. “With this opportunity, you have to make the most of it. You can’t make stupid decisions like that.”
Two University of Alabama players are also in the spotlight for recent trouble. Kenyan Drake was arrested for obstructing government operations earlier this summer. Jarran Reed was arrested and charged with DUI this weekend. Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban will have to address the media and field questions about those two incidents on Thursday at SEC Media Days.