Immediately following Alabama’s win the talk turned to Auburn.
The players and Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban shared their thoughts about the Cam Newton recruiting scandal. Here is a sample:
“Cam Newton’s a great player and I think that if you’re a great competitor you’d like to compete against great players,” Saban said. “I’ve said on numerous occasions that it would be bad for college football if such a great player who has an opportunity to do some significant things individually and collectively for his team not to be able to play.
“At the same time, I don’t know much about the situation and don’t really spend much time on the situation. But I think we all have a responsibility to do things the right way institutionally and individually.”
Perhaps the most interesting statement came from Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy. According to the AP McElroy said, “Tide quarterback Greg McElroy said Newton has handled the situation ‘with a lot of class and dignity.’ …
“Cam seems like a very quality human being, and regardless of what the outcome might be, I won’t lose respect for him,” McElroy said. “It’s unfortunate. College football’s a family. Regardless of what team you play for, we have respect for the individuals on the other side of the field. …
“I don’t think it really matters if he plays, if he doesn’t play,” McElroy said. “We’d love to have him out there. But it’s really not up to us to say. We’re just going to go out there and play the Auburn Tigers, not the Cam Newtons.”
Below you can read more of the Alabama-Auburn Iron Bowl preview story. The story includes comments from Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.