SB Nation's SEC communities affected by the Cam Newton investigation are all aflutter heading into a crucial weekend of gameplay, with Auburn's fate still very much in question.
Mississippi State fans wonder if they could still get burned by this whole circus:
So now the question MSU fans want to know. What does this mean for Mississippi State? Unfortunately, that question will be hard to answer right now. There are A LOT of NCAA rules and there is one in particular that I worry about in regards to Mississippi State.
I hope that MSU did not continue to try and recruit Cameron Newton after the meeting in November because that would be a violation of NCAA rules. The entire month of December is what I'm concerned about. It bothers me that MSU did not report the alleged meeting that took place in November until January. However, we simply don't know enough facts to be able to piece together all of what happened during that time period.
Alabama fans, you'll be shocked to discover, are wallowing like pigs in clover:
Isn't this fun? Again, it's a lot more enjoyable than doing a postmortem on how the hell we managed to lose to Les Miles or sitting around on pins and needles over a game with Mississippi State.
To be honest, this all comes to me as a total shock. I honestly figured all along that Rogers was the middle man in the transaction that helped transfer money between a school / booster and the Newton family, so I have expected all along that Rogers would deny everything and refuse to say anything of substance while ignoring the NCAA entirely. For him to come out openly discussing the dirty dirty comes as a major surprise to me.
Georgia fans, while far too genteel to openly gloat at the prospect of facing an Auburn team sans Newton this weekend, concede that the outcome of the game probably hinges on his presence:
In many respects, Saturday’s combatants are evenly matched, but Cameron Newton likely will make the difference. As previously noted, Newton is a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy, which ought to give Bulldog Nation pause. In 1971, Pat Sullivan stated his case for the award he later claimed in an impressive aerial performance in Athens. Against Georgia in 1985, Bo Jackson rumbled for 121 yards on just 19 carries (including a 67-yard touchdown run) en route to his own stiffarm statue. Cam Newton very well may follow in their footsteps.
And a besieged Auburn community takes comfort in the strong, stoic presence of their head coach:
While, as Auburn fans, we are used to being under attack from one side of the State of Alabama, we seldom see the venom coming our way as it is today. Not from a rivalry alone, from many sources. It can't be stressed enough how important it is to have strong, and confident leadership when faced with adversity. Auburn has that in Gene Chizik. Has it in spades.