Auburn's Newton didn't slip up during saga

By: AP
By: AP

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Cam Newton's performance hasn't wavered
during the pay-for-play allegations, and neither has his smile.

If the scrutiny bothered the Auburn quarterback, he hasn't left
it show. He so enjoys playing that he pratcically skips onto the
field before games and celebrates exuberantly with fans afterward.

He'll lead the second-ranked Tigers against No. 18 South
Carolina Saturday for the Southeastern Conference title at the
Georgia Dome and a shot at the national championship.

Newton's performance in the first meeting was his coming-out
party nationally.

Auburn's Philip Lutzenkirchen says it's been business as usual
for Newton since the payment scheme involving Newton's father began
public. Lutzenkirchen says the unfazed Heisman Trophy favorite
continues to be "just straight goofball."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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