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The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:36 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 6:46 pm

INDIANAPOLIS – Cecil Newton’s flesh-peddling days are over. Or at least his sort of conduct is finally illegal in the NCAA's eyes.

The NCAA Legislative Council on Wednesday formally adopted legislation that designates any parent an “agent” who tries to sell the services of their child to an institution. Cam Newton was allowed to play, win the Heisman and win the national championship in 2010 essentially because there was no specific NCAA bylaw to govern his father’s conduct.

The NCAA admonished Cecil Newton for his action in 2010 trying to extract a reported $180,000 for his son to attend Mississippi State. Wednesday's legislation, though, came a year and a day after Cam Newton helped Auburn win that year's national championship over Oregon.

“It essentially closes the loophole,” said council chair Carolyn Campbell-McGovern here at the NCAA Convention.

It took the NCAA almost 14 months to change the language of the legislation after Cecil Newton first reportedly solicited money from Mississippi State in November 2010.

The new language now exists under Bylaw 12 in the NCAA Manual dealing with amateurism:

“ … an agent is any individual who, directly or indirectly, represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation for financial gain …”

“It was important for us to shore that up and make sure we were encompassing all individuals,” Campbell-McGovern. “It addresses not only who is covered but also the scope. Trying to do it is a crime. Not a crime, but a violation.”

Here are selected passages from the rationale portion of the bylaw:  “ … an industry of individuals has been created, including runners, financial advisors, marketing representatives, business managers, brand managers and street agents who seek to broker elite athletes for financial gain …

“ … the competitive nature of the industry has resulted in finding way to circumvent the rules. One constant is the use of outside third parties.”

Imagine that, a birth father who raised and nurtured a child, now being labeled an outside third party.



Category: NCAAF

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:37 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

and lets not forget that the SEC covered this up blaming MSU for not turning in the proper paper work. Not only are the Newtons guilty old Slive and the gang should be fired.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:41 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

NCAA is using this bullsh*t as a way out.  They already had rules in place that made Cam ineligible.  This way they can say that Cam only remained eligible due to some "loop hole".  Yeah right.  Just as Dodd questioned  How is a birth father a third party???

Once Cam uttered "They money is too good" he was ineligible.

Besides, the NCAA makes up rules as they go along and violate their own rules in place.  They could have found Cam ineligible if they really wanted to.  They completely backed down to Auburn/SEC pressure and the need to have Cam in the BCS title game.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:32 pm


They dug for over a year, every phone call, every text, every email, every bank statement. There was nothing wrong done. They found NO dirt on Auburn, so you all need to move on and accept the facts!
Don't be an idiot.  Texts are NOT stored by phone companies.  After a few weeks/months they are gone forever.  Besides Auburn or an Auburn booster wouldn't be stupid enough to respond via Text or Email.  They also wouldn't write a check.  It's called meeting in person and having cash on hand.  No paper trail!!!  Daddy would then be instructed to NOT walk in a bank and deposit it.  The money is probably still in daddy's mattress.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:15 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

ast updated November 6, 2011

Auburn football: NCAA investigation documents reveal Cam Newton was suspended twice last season

AUBURN, Ala. -- Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was ineligible twice last season, instead of just once, as had been previously reported, in the wake of his father’s bid to have Mississippi State pay for Newton’s enrollment, but he was reinstated both times.
MRAUtiger  Read it an weep.  I still say that Newton AND the Buckeyes players should not have played in their bowl games last year. They played because the "Bowl" officials went to the NCAA and said that they have to play. 

Let's get this out of the way early: is going to be ruled ineligible to play college football at some point. That ruling will mean that every game he participated would not count as an Auburn victory. This isn't a question of if, it's a question of when.

It might take 10 days, it might take two years, but the ineligibility ruling is coming. No reasonable person can believe that Cecil Newton Sr. didn't solicit funds from for his son to play football there. (Note, I'm not even considering whether paid anything for Cam's services. Even if the NCAA can never prove that -- which it may one day be able to prove as well -- there is no doubt that the Newton family's actions in relation to Cam's recruitment to Mississippi State are sufficient enough to rule him ineligible under NCAA rules).

In the meantime Auburn fans can continue to bury their heads in the sand and blame everyone but the Newton family for the plague of Biblical proportions that is about to rain down on their football program. No one else has any blame here. Not the media reports that have been accurate, not the rival school that turned you in for playing an ineligible player, not anyone else. You can blame shift all you want, but ultimately your rationales are going to fail.

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:59 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

You should check that. My recollection is a Mississippi State recruiter told NCAA investigators of the phone call that specifically peddled the flesh. I don't recall exact source, but it was something to the tune, that Cecil told this recruiter who had recruited Cam at Florida when he was on the staff with Mullen that "Tell Mullen he won't get him for free this time". Recruiter ask what he had in mind and cecil responded "$200K....maybe $180K" Mississippi State went on the record when they informed SEC office of the conversation later after Cam ended up at the barn and after Cam said "The money's just too much" as justification for not going to Mississippi State. I'm pretty sure all this is "On the Record" as validated by the investigation. The "get out of jail" card for Auburn was that Cam "didn't know" what his father was up to, hence the rule.

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:20 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

ebony, I agree. The SEC and NCAA both agreed that there was no truth to the "rumor" that they asked for money from Mississippi. My question is, if it was just a rumor, what all of the sudden have they put this "Cecil Newton Rule" on the books. Sound to me like they were guilty but since it was in the SEC, it didn't really happen.

Auburn should be stripped of the BCS title they got, banned from bowls for a few years and the Heisman be given back. If you punish one team, you have to punish all teams no matter what conference they play in.

As you said, "one man's opinion".

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:05 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

You do not have to have hard evidence to convict a person of a crime. There have been trials where there was enough circumstantial evidence where people were placed on death row for committing a crime

There was enough circumstantial evidence on what Cam and his father to deny him eligibility to play at Auburn. The fact that Cecile spoke to Mississippi about Cam playing there for money appears to be against sec rules and would preclude Cam from playing at Auburn.

Auburn selected a player that had character flaws. Stealing lap tops at one school and leaving the school in poor standings what ever that means. Some how I think that without football skills an average student would have been denied acceptance at Auburn.

Auburn suspended Cam for some reason so they could get the blessing of the NCAA. Apparently the Auburn, the sec and NCAA have a problem with interpreting rules . They all came to the same conclusion and that was Cam was eligible to continue to play football.

Let’s go over this once again Cam Newton’s father asked for money from Mississippi, Cam Newton asked money from Auburn, Cam Newton have questionable character flaws. He is a thief. Circumstantial yes, could he be convicted in a court of law, yes.
The NCAA is now in a cover my butt mode. This NCAA rule was not necessary. There are enough rules on the NCAA legal ledger to cover this situation.

I am willing to bet I can find a lawyer that would find a legal rule currently on the NCAA rule book that would cover the situation of Cam Newton. Just as they could not find one.


Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:22 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

bama, you seem to be the except thatn the rule for SEC followers. I am an OSU fan and I didn't take exception at all to your post. I am wondering, since the Cam-gate never happened, why did the NCAA pass a law to stop it? Do you think they will punish Auburn like they did OSU? Make them forfiet their season, BCS championship and give them a bowl ban? I think is should be worse, $180,000 compared to maybe $2-3,000 for a few tatoos (although I agree the players involved should have been punished). But I do think it was silly. After all, it was their own stuff they sold.

Anyway, I wish there were more SEC fans like you that are not out to bash every team and conference not the SEC.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:17 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

So, let's get this straight...he loope hole is now closed.  Everyone keep walking, nothing to look at.  Cam's daddy tried to get some serious money to play at MSU.  But, nothing was paid by Auburn...yeah, right!.  Would everyone who believes that this situtation was as pristine as a Texas snow (Or a Hollywood starlet's 5th wedding), please stand and show yourselves?  All you SEC homers, congrats for cheating again and the NCAA for turning their heads away from the stink that arose from the miasma of selective punitive punishment.

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:00 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

The ultimate insult to intelligence on this one is the "Cam didn't know" position. Forget whether anybody paid a dime for him or not. SEC rules at the time included the notion that a player became ineligible even if "offered". His eligibility was restored on the basis that he didn't know his father had made the offer to anyone. I believe a Mississippi State coach stated to the NCAA that Cam gave the reason he was going to Auburn as being "The money was just too much, you know". Assume for a moment Cam told that coach that in an attempt to give himself an "easy out" with that coach as an explanation for not going to Mississippi State. Under that scenario it is concievable no one paid anyone a single dime for his services. Even if plausible and no one paid anything to anyone and the institutions are 100% innocent in the entire mess, what is utterly unbeliveable is that Cam didn't know. If he did know, by that rule, and in spite of the institutions innocence, he should have been ruled ineligible to play.

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