Why it’s nervous time for Auburn

NCAA rules prohibit a player, a player’s family or any representative of a player from soliciting extra benefits from colleges. Not just receiving extra benefits, but merely asking for them.

The rule isn’t completely black and white – the level of punishment can vary, for instance. Its significance in the case of Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton became undeniable Thursday when Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN Radio Dallas interviewed recruiting middleman Kenny Rogers, a central figure in the Newton controversy.

That interview is why I think these are now nervous times at Auburn University, where a dream season, a likely Heisman Trophy and BCS title hopes all now hinge on whether Rogers is telling the truth or not in an allegation that shouldn’t be too difficult to confirm.