Auburn head coach Gene Chizik opened his portion of the weekly SEC teleconference by saying quarterback Cam Newton will play against Georgia on Saturday.
"I want to get off the table, up front, the fact that Cameron Newton will be playing Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs," he said.
Chizik said he would only answer questions relating to the game with the Bulldogs, but he was immediately asked if he sits down with Newton every time something new breaks on the story.
"Like I said, I'm going to address and entertain all the questions that have to do with the game Saturday," Chizik said.
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Newton's name has been in the middle of a recruiting controversy in the last week. Last Thursday, ESPN.com reported a former Mississippi State player claiming to represent Newton's family interests asked for $180,000 for the quarterback to sign with the Bulldogs.
Last night, ESPN.com, citing unnamed sources, said two "sources who recruit for Mississippi State" said Newton and his father, Cecil, spoke about a pay-for-play plan with the school.
According to the report, Cecil told one of the recruiters it would take "more than a scholarship" to bring his son to Mississippi State. Another recruiter claimed Newton told him he wanted to go to Starkville but his father had chosen Auburn for him because "the money was too much."
Asked today if anyone on his staff other than assistant coaches are registered with the NCAA as "recruiters," MSU coach Dan Mullen said, "No."
Mullen did not comment specifically on the ESPN.com report from late Tuesday night.
Chizik, meanwhile, said he hasn't given any backup quarterbacks extra reps this week as a precautionary measure.
"We've prepared and focused just like every other week," he said. "Nothing's changed."