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Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

Posted on: November 5, 2010 10:26 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 10:37 am
 

Here is video of Auburn coach Gene Chizik saying Cam Newton is "eligible, end of story," Thursday night.

While he may be eligible now, we'll see if Newton actually takes the field against Chattanooga on Saturday. Remember, supposedly the SEC has had this information since at least the summer . Former Mississippi State player John Bond says he was visited by NCAA officials in early September. That means Auburn had to know since at least then, right?

Would the school have allowed Newton to play at all if it knew there was the slightest hint of impropriety? If your answer is anything but "no," this scandal might have just gotten bigger.

USC's Reggie Bush was determined to be eligible when he played, too. His transgressions were discovered after the fact. The NCAA eventually determined that USC should have known about the relationship between Bush and the would-be marketers and agents. Could the NCAA do the same with Auburn?

If you think this is much ado about nothing, consider that the NCAA has an active investigation going. That doesn't suggest to me that the NCAA has exactly wrapped up this case.

There are many issues floating out there:

--Already one prominent columnist has said he will not vote Newton for the Heisman.

--Was Auburn solicited for a cash payment to get Newton?

--If so, did someone pay?

--Will this scandal have an impact on voters in the AP, coaches and Harris polls? We'll find out about that as soon as Sunday.

--An already over-the-top Iron Bowl just got taken to the next level. You can imagine Alabama fans waving Monopoly money at Newton.

For starters.


Comments

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2010 9:38 am
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

If you try to sensationalize this story, it should be the story of lowlife "agents" for the NFL and shoddy college player football camps for money at the same address........where there's smoke, there's fire, and the Chicago fire is the place for this story, 

Concentrate on how it affects good people like the Newtons.The Newton family has the same character as the Auburn creed...try reading those words to understand Auburn...and this story is not about Miss. St. either...



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 2:33 am
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

can not believe all the ignorant college football fans out there....  do you people actually watch the games?  know the rules?  your comments are ridiculous.  do you people have reading comprehension problems?  and dodd, way to bait the trap.....  this story has absolutely no legs, if it did it would have come out long before the 10th week of the college football season.  this situation is not even remotely close to bush and usc, auburn has not been officially contacted by the ncaa, just miss. st. and newton's father, who has handed over all his family's and his church's finiancial statements, unlike the bush's and usc.  there is absolutely nothing here except hear-say from a man being investigated by several different football organizations, who is not a sports agent,  and a school that newton snubbed b/c of a better situation, called offensive gus at auburn.  dodd, cam newton will play saturday, would you like to wager?  that statement is just trying to manipulate the readers, good journalism is gone, this is nothing but a smear campaign that will probable cost this kid the heisman, so i hope all you hacks are proud of yourselfs for not doing what real journalists do RESEARCH.




Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:28 am
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

No, looks like Kenny Rogers is behind this.  If he did score and MSU paid him money, and he did not produce Cam (because Cam had no knowledge of this), would MSU go to the NCAA and complain that they paid this guy $200,000 but he didn't live up to his part of the bargain?  I don't think so.



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:20 am
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

So he is guilty until he proves himself innocent.  And you want to take the word of a man who is under investigaion by the NFL, the NFLPA and the NCAA for misrepresenting himself as a representative of other players?  That's some clear logic there.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

I do enjoy all of the poster that "know" what Newton and did not do.  Do we know if he fully knew that Rogers was trying to get money?  No we do not.  All we know is what was said, is all of it true?  Is the Newton camp not just trying to cover their arses or are they telling the truth? We do not know yet.  But I do enjoy all those that "know" exactly what happened, can I get some lottery numbers?



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

You my friend (Soesahed) are an idiot.  Cam did not solicit the money.  Rogue agent Kenny Rogers a former Miss State player misrepresented himself as Newton's agent and tried to get $ to sway him to Miss State.  You obviously are limited in that you cannot read an article and see this.  All of this was known in part last December and Auburn was notified in July.  Auburn hasn't spoken about it because they have been instructed by the NCAA not too, which is where Bond/Mullen?Meyer have screwed the pooch now.  Again, you are an idiot.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

So the SEC, NCAA, and Auburn knew about this before the LSU game and did not disclose it to anybody.  Why not? You have a case where a special athlete was soliciting bonuses in order for him to  sign his LOI.  This is more than an agent offering money to agree to sign with him when he gets out of college.  This is an athlete asking for money in order to determine where to play.  Furthermore, unless the income was disclosed on his father's LOI, Cam Newton is in violation of disclosure. That requires one year probation.  Thus, the starting point would be if Newton disclosed the gift to his church on the LOI.  If he didn't then he needs to sit out one year.  No wonder Auburn, the SEC, NCAA, and most likely ESPN are tried to keep this quiet.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2010 1:10 pm
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

The only reason Cam wouldn't take the field Saturday would be If Auburn knew 100% that he did in fact receive money. Otherwise even If there is doubt , this far into the season undefeated , he will play. I mean really .... He's playing .....because If they are in fact found to have paid him, they would have to forfiet every game he played in and playing the rest of the season would in fact be moot.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:56 pm
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

So if it turns out that Newton's camp wasn't actually involved, and he doesn't get the Heisman, is that a worse injustice than if he wins and did ask for/take money???
Riddle me that.


Yeah, "if" lol.  When you play with fire/felons, you get burned.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:53 pm
 

Breaking down the Cam Newton scandal

The timing is very interesting, the story breaks after the LSU game but before the Alabama game.  Hmmmmmmm


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