Chase Goodbread of the TUSCALOOSA NEWS reports Monday that the University of Alabama recently announced it has fired a university employee “who played unauthorized music over the Bryant-Denny Stadium public address system prior to Friday’s Iron Bowl.”
(Amateur video below)
The part-time staffer, who was not named in the termination announcement, played “Take the Money and Run,” by The Steve Miller Band, and “Son of a Preacher Man”, recorded by Dusty Springfield in 1968.
The taunting tunes were obviously directed at Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. Newton’s father, who is often identified as a bishop, has been accused of soliciting money during his son’s recruitment.
Alabama claimed in its announcement today that the ousted employee deviated from a previously prepared selection of songs designated to be played over the stadium P.A. while both teams were on the field prior to the game.
“Our processes require that all music and videos played in the stadium prior to and during every game be carefully scripted and approved by a senior administrator in the Athletics Department. The former staff member deviated from the script that had been approved for the game with Auburn, and the University took steps to immediately terminate his contract.”
Here is some amateur video I was sent of the actual scene. You can clearly hear both songs as the Auburn players in dark jogging suits, including Newton, go through their pregame routine.
Later, when Auburn took the field in full pads, Alabama fans reportedly threw monopoly money at Newton.
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