Auburn expects quarterback Cam Newton to start Saturday against Georgia, the Birmingham News and AuburnUndercover.com reported this afternoon. No sources were named in the stories.
Newton's eligibility has come into question in the last week, when reports emerged that Cam's father, Cecil, allegedly said it would take $100,000 to $180,000 for his son to sign with Mississippi State during the recruiting process last year.
Auburn has not specifically been accused of wrongdoing. The NCAA is investigating the matter.
Auburn did not officially comment on Newton's status Friday. Asked if Newton is still eligible, school spokesman Kirk Sampson replied, "No comment."
The school has not commented publicly on Newton's status since Wednesday, when head coach Gene Chizik said during the SEC teleconference that the quarterback is eligible and would play against Georgia.