Friday, January 14, 2011

Cam says buh-bye; Fairley next? SEC opponents break out in sweet, sweet song

The amazing one-year saga of Cam Newton came to end Thursday with the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback of Auburn's national championship run, says he'll play for money next year . . .

(OK, that was cheap, I admit it, but all those compliments from the Auburn guys gave me vertigo. The universe must be righted!)

Newton, whose play overshadowed the ongoing investigation into his SEC recruitment, is one of two juniors who helped turn the Tigers from an SEC mid-level performer to the nation's best team. Nick Fairley, Newton's teammate and possibly the top pick in the NFL draft this summer, is expected to announce his plans today.

Newton wasn't at his best against Oregon in Monday's championship game, but he deserves a toilet paper statue at Toomer's Corner for helping his team overcome a 24-0 deficit in Tuscaloosa, perhaps the greatest comeback in Auburn's long football history.

Fans from Georgia, LSU, South Carolina have all volunteered to help Newton pack. Read here.