AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has been stalked by news reports that his father shopped him to Mississippi State, asking for money for his son to play football. The rumors seemed to be everywhere over the past two weeks, except inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The fans massed in orange Saturday and would not let an N.C.A.A. investigation ruin their party. The music blared, and the throng rocked to the beat as players ran joyously around the field when the clock reached 0:00.
With a 49-31 victory over Georgia, the second-ranked Tigers won the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. And they could not have cared less, at least for the moment, what might come out of the investigation into reports that Cecil Newton Sr., Cam Newton’s father, solicited money from Mississippi State when his son was being recruited.
Auburn (11-0, 7-0) faces Alabama on Nov. 26, then will play in the SEC championship game on Dec. 4 against South Carolina, which clinched the Eastern Division with a 36-14 victory over Florida on Saturday. If it wins both games, Auburn will play for the national title Jan. 10.