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Newton expected to play

AUBURN – Cam Newton is expected to start at quarterback when No. 2 Auburn plays Alabama on Nov. 26 in the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Junior Cam Newton has not been accused of wrongdoing/ photo

Though the case surrounding Newton and his father, who is alleged to have sought money for him to sign with Mississippi State, has not been resolved, the NCAA has not recommended Auburn hold Newton out, has learned. A recommendation that a player be held out is tantamount to an NCAA order.

The NCAA enforcement division has devoted extra personnel in an effort to expedite a decision, but its work is not finished and will not likely be finished next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Newton has not been accused of participating in his father’s dealings with Mississippi State, and no evidence has surfaced that he was aware of conversations about money or received any money from any school.

George Lawson, a lawyer representing the Newton finally and particularly Cam Newton, said Thursday he is “one-million percent sure” that Cam Newton received no extra benefit.

The controversy has swirled since Nov. 4, when reported that the NCAA was looking into an alleged “pay for play” scheme involving Cecil Newton and former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers. Rogers allegedly contacted former teammates John Bond and Bill Bell.

The Newton family – Cam, Cecil and Jackie – were interviewed by NCAA officials last Thursday in Auburn. Cecil Newton admitted his involvement at that time, though the details of that admission are unknown.

Newton, a junior, started his career at Florida and signed with Auburn out of Blinn College last Dec. 31. He has broken the Southeastern Conference record for rushing yards by a quarterback and has become the first player in SEC history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and pass for more than 2,000 yards. He has been responsible for 39 touchdowns, an Auburn record which leads the nation. He is considered the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.

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