PA announcer fired over Cam Newton fight songs

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - "Take the Money and Run" and "Son of a Preacher Man" were played while Newton and the Tigers warmed up...

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama has fired an employee who played songs aimed at Auburn quarterback Cam Newton before the Iron Bowl.

University spokeswoman Debbie Lane said Monday that the part-time staffer was fired for the unauthorized songs. “Take the Money and Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man” were played while Newton and the Tigers warmed up. The NCAA has been investigating allegations that Newton’s father, a pastor, solicited $180,000 from Mississippi State during recruiting.

Lane said in a statement that all music and videos played in the stadium before and during games have to be approved by a senior athletic administrator. She said the staffer — who was not named — didn’t get those songs cleared.

The Tuscaloosa News first reported the firing.

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