Report: Iron Bowl songs targeting AU's Newton were approved by UA staff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The Tuscaloosa News reports that a full-time staffer at the University of Alabama approved the songs that targeted Auburn quarterback during Iron Bowl warm-ups, and that he was not fired like a part-time staffer who played the songs.

The News report Wednesday said Justin Brant, director of Crimson Tide productions, participated in selecting the songs, "Take the Money and Run" and "Son of a Preacher Man." Newton's father, a pastor, allegedly sought money during his son's recruitment by Mississippi State.

The newspaper cited two unnamed sources involved in UA's investigation of the songs incident, which led to the firing of the part-time staffer. The paper said Brant declined comment.

UA spokeswoman Debbie Lane said earlier the songs undermined UA values. She did not immediately respond to an e-mail for comment Wednesday.

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