Auburn, Ala. – Esteemed colleague Tim Tucker and I arrived early, for two reasons: First, it’s Auburn, and traffic is awfu,,and two, we’re expecting something Cam-related to happen. We just don’t know what and when.
The guess among early arrivals in the press box at Jordan-Hare Stadium is that Newton won’t play today, but this is only a guess. And we press-box geniuses have been wrong before. That said:
The report last night by Mark Winne of Channel 2 Action News that Cecil Newton has admitted having pay-for-play discussions regarding his son seems fairly devastating to Cam Newton’s eligibility status. (Even though Winne’s report included Cecil Newton’s claims that Cam knew nothing of the money talk, that Mississippi State never agreed to pay a dime and that Auburn paid nothing.)
Update: We’re now an hour from kickoff, and it appears Newton WILL play. He took part in the Tiger Walk, knelt at the goalpost after entering the stadium and is now going through warmups. So Auburn must be awfully confident it’s in the clear … or awfully brazen.
Updated updated: Cam Newton started and scored on Auburn’s first drive.
And with that, the floor remains open for questions, comments and Cam-related thoughts. I’ll be here all game, or until my latest computer crashes. (My AJC-issued one died for the second time in three days, and I’m using Mr. Tucker’s backup. And yes, Mr. Tucker is the only journalist in the world to travel with a backup computer, and thank goodness for it.)