The biggest win in Auburn’s recent history, an incredible comeback led by its likely Heisman Trophy candidate – who doesn’t speak to the media about the victory after the game. How come?
Nobody really seems to know, actually.
“There’s a lot of stuff going on,” Auburn wide receiver Emory Blake said.
Give credit to Blake for at least being honest about Newton, who also completed 13 of 20 passes for 216 yards and ran for 39 yards against Alabama’s physical defense. His teammates are apparently in denial about Newton and why he’s not talking to the media.
“I don’t know what’s going on with that,” Auburn tailback Michael Dyer said.
“I have no idea about any of that stuff,” Auburn defensive lineman Zach Clayton said. “That’s between him and the coaches.”
So, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, what’s the reason for Newton’s silence?
“I don’t know,” Malzahn said. “You’d have to ask somebody else that. Don’t ask me.”
How about Kirk Sampson, Auburn’s assistant athletic director for media relations? He initially claimed to be the sacrificial lamb for Newton’s media absence and said it was his decision that Newton not talk.
He then backtracked and declared that he is only “part of the decision-making process.”
“I don’t know what the official explanation would be,” Sampson said.
I’m surprised nobody tossed out the “Cam does his talking on the field” cliché. Maybe they’re holding that in reserve for the SECCG.