Auburn could be fined if Newton off-limits

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AUBURN, ALA. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference could fine Auburn if quarterback Cam Newton isn’t available for postgame interviews following the league championship game.

The SEC requires all coaches and student athletes to be made available to reporters after the title game. League spokesman Charles Bloom said Tuesday Commissioner Mike Slive can fine a school for violating that policy, but has never had to do so. Bloom said the amount is at the commissioner’s discretion.

The second-ranked Tigers meet No. 18 South Carolina Saturday.

Newton hasn’t spoken to the media since Nov. 9. The NCAA is investigating his recruitment after allegations that Newton’s father wanted $180,000 to sign with Mississippi State.

Coach Gene Chizik declined to answer Tuesday when asked if Auburn would abide by SEC rules.

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