Chizik declines to address latest report on QB - - Jackson, MS

Chizik declines to address latest report on QB

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - All Auburn coach Gene Chizik will say about Cam Newton is that the star quarterback will start for the second-ranked Tigers against Georgia on Saturday.

Chizik declined to answer questions Wednesday about an ESPN report that Newton told a Mississippi State recruiter that his father wanted him to go to Auburn because "the money was too much."

Citing unidentified sources, ESPN reported late Tuesday that Newton and his father, Cecil, each had a phone conversation with a Mississippi State recruiter and acknowledged a pay-for-play arrangement.

Chizik offered a passionate defense of Newton on Tuesday, calling a report about cheating accusations when Newton was at Florida "pure garbage."

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