Vegas pulls Georgia-Auburn odds off board – will Newton be suspended?

LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 09: Cam Newton  of the Auburn Tigers throws a pass as he warms up before the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Leave it up to Vegas to offer a window as to whether or not Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will be suspended following allegations that he and/or his family asked for money during his recruitment last year prior to agreeing to play for the Tigers.

According to a report by, Las Vegas pulled the odds for the Georgia-Auburn game this Saturday following a sharp play from a bettor who allegedly knows Newton’s playing status for this weekend. If Newton were to be suspended, the line could drop from 8.5 to as low as Auburn –3 by kickoff.

That said, it still seems highly unlikely that Newton would be suspended this week. It took the NCAA years to file sanctions against USC following the Reggie Bush fiasco and by the time they did, Bush already had a Heisman Trophy, a Super Bowl ring and Kim Kardashian millions of dollars from the NFL. So it seems far-fetched for Newton to be suspended less than a week after these reports came out.

Plus, it’s not like Auburn is going to suspend him. First and foremost, they’ve stood by their quarterback amidst the allegations and why wouldn’t they? They’re currently ranked No. 2 in the nation and Newton is in line to win the Heisman. They’re not going to do anything to jeopardize Newton or their season – especially when they don’t have to. After all, it’s not like any hard evidence has come to light yet.

Let’s keep in mind that if the report is true, how would the bettor get a hold of that kind of information? Does he have a wiretap into the NCAA headquarters or a relative on staff? How would he know whether or not Newton will be suspended?

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, although if Vegas is pulling odds off the board then you know they have a good reason to. Those books don’t mess around.

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