The SEC requires all coaches and student athletes to address reporters, if requested, after the title game. League spokesman Charles Bloom said Tuesday that Commissioner Mike Slive can fine a school for violating that policy but has never had to do so. The amount is at the commissioner’s discretion. Newton hasn’t spoken to reporters since Nov. 9, after allegations surfaced that Newton’s father wanted $180,000 for his son to sign with Mississippi State, which could affect the player’s eligibility this season. The NCAA is investigating the matter. Auburn coach Gene Chizik declined to say if the school will abide by SEC rules.
Meanwhile, former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers is scheduled to meet with officials from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office Dec. 9 to discuss Newton’s recruitment. Rogers, who has worked with a sports agent, has said Newton’s father asked two MSU coaches for up to $180,000 to secure his son’s commitment to the Bulldogs. Rogers says the coaches declined the request. The Secretary of State’s office enforces regulations under the Uniform Athlete Agent Act, which governs sports agents in Mississippi.
Gamecocks QB wears sling • South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is walking around with his left arm in a sling, although coach Steve Spurrier said he should be fine for the SEC title game. Spurrier said Garcia hurt his left shoulder in the Gamecocks’ 29-7 victory over Clemson last week..
Elsewhere • Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said a recruiting trip will prevent him from attending a banquet Thursday honoring the 1985 Michigan team, of which he was the No. 1 quarterback. His attendance could have been awkward with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez’s job status in doubt and speculation swirling that Harbaugh could be his replacement. Michigan athletics director Dave Brandon said he will not make a decision on Rodriguez until after the Wolverines’ bowl game. … As expected, former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney has been hired for the same position at North Texas.