Friends and foes: Auburn’s Newton has strong ties to MSU coach Mullen

When he chose Auburn over Mississippi State, Newton said the hardest thing wasn’t telling Mullins, but telling Mullins’ wife.
“Probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in my recent life, honestly,” Newton said of choosing Auburn over Mississippi State. “Not just telling him, because we had a good relationship. Mrs. Megan, it was even harder. We had such a close relationship. This wasn’t just my decision. It wasn’t just how I feel. I’ve got to go through so many people to see what they think, my family, the people close to me. It just felt like my career should be played at Auburn.”

Even so, he admits a debt of gratitude to Mullen, especially in helping Newton mature as a person.