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01 Dec 2010

Cam Newton Cleared (To Play)

On Monday, the NCAA concluded that a violation of the amateur status of Auburn quarterback and Heisman frontrunner Cam Newton had occurred as a result of the pay-to-play request made by Newton's father during his recruitment last year. On Tuesday, Auburn declared Newton ineligible. Today, the NCAA cleared Newton to play.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 01 Dec 2010

22 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2010, 10:42pm by Anonymous2


by Will Allen :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 3:34pm

If Newton's status holds from here on out, any highly coveted recruit who does not employ a trusted family member as a cut-out, to auction his services, is really missing an opportunity.

by FireOmarTomlin :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 3:45pm

What a $cam.

Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.

by Will Allen :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 3:51pm

I'm not really offended that a player's family would try to get their beaks wet, but, somehow, I suspect that if it was revealed that some mid-tier program had a player whose dad tried to auction for 20k, and that came to light, that player would not get in the express line of ineligible to reinstatement within 48 hours.

by andrew :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 4:33pm

The NCAA has to know how this will look. Most people will assume this is about keeping TCU out of the championship game (while they are still non-BCS).

by Pat (filler) (not verified) :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 4:40pm

Non-AQ. All FBS conferences are members of the BCS.

by speedegg :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 4:41pm

Are you kidding me? Newton's father and a sports agent are found to benefit from a pay-for-play and that doesn't affect the son? Then Newton is only suspended for a few hours while Auburn does the paperwork?

Given how other players, coaches, and schools were penalized, I don't see how the NCAA could be so light in it's "punishment" or grants Auburn special treatment.

by loneweasel (not verified) :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 5:24pm

I am shocked, shocked to find corruption in major college sports.

And I'm shocked, shocked to find that the NCAA is a completely useless organization. In matters other than keeping feathers off the William and Mary logo, that is.

by Rocco :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 8:09pm

As a W&M grad you have no idea how angry I still am at the NCAA and our past administration for that. God forbid we have two feathers on our logo- apparently it offends someone, somewhere.

by tuluse :: Thu, 12/02/2010 - 2:32am

Or not allowing Illinois the use of their mascot.

by DavidL :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 5:57pm

They're not even trying to hide the double-standard. He's a Heisman candidate, so he must play, no matter what rules he breaks.

by Kibbles :: Fri, 12/03/2010 - 6:41am

It's not a double standard. It's not even a single standard. Dez Bryant was a Heisman candidate last season, and he got suspended for lying about NOT breaking any rules. The term "double standards" implies that high-profile players are held to a different standard than low-profile players, but I really question whether the NCAA has any standards for how it deals with any player with any type of profile. I suspect that the guy in charge of handing down punishments relies heavily on his Magic 8-ball.

by Will Allen :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 6:02pm

Actually, this could lead to a lot of added entertainment value. We've all seen those press conferences, where the highly coveted recruit sits behind a table with his family, with three teams' hats in front of him, prior to grabbing one, thus announcing his decision? Imagine the dad, standing behind his son, holding up a sign, which says "250", followed by a phone number. As the dad stands there, eyebrows raised, holding up his phone with the other hand, the son, for plausible deniability, could occasionally turn back to look at dear ol' dad, at which point pops could quickly drop the sign down. Hell, I might tune in to ESPN on weekdays to see that.

by Mello :: Wed, 12/01/2010 - 6:10pm

Who cares how it looks. I want to see the best college players money can buy on the field.

by FireOmarTomlin :: Thu, 12/02/2010 - 9:19am

NCAA hypocrisy aside, he appears to be in violation of SEC rule -- "shopping him" with a price would seem to in line with "agreeing to receive"

Legal experts?

Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.

by CraigInDC :: Thu, 12/02/2010 - 10:28am

I haven't figured out how, but I'm sure this is unfair to James Harrison.

by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Thu, 12/02/2010 - 10:44am

Is it my imagination or doesn't Auburn have a history of things of this ilk? Even with the change of leadership etc, this seems to keep cropping up there. Or is my memory off?

This also seems to generate a pretty big loophole.

by TomKelso :: Thu, 12/02/2010 - 4:00pm

So, how long does it take USC to start complaining about its treatment for actions by Bush's family? Any guesses?

by Tracy :: Thu, 12/02/2010 - 4:56pm

Already happened. USC athletic director Pat Haden pointed out the apparant discrepancy yesterday.

by Will Allen :: Thu, 12/02/2010 - 5:48pm

Anybody who says they have a high degree of confidence, that a duffel bag stuffed with twenties didn't land in the trunk of old man Newton's car at some point, is delusional.

by andy (not verified) :: Fri, 12/03/2010 - 5:17pm

Anyone who doesn't know or suspect that big-name college programs are doing all kinds of shady stuff behind the scenes are just naive. you really think that its only family of players that're asking for money? it's just IMPOSSIBLE that colleges would offer money off the record?

and what's wrong with college players making money, anyways? so the colleges are allowed to make millions off the players, and the players live on a $20-30k scholarship?

by Pat (filler) (not verified) :: Fri, 12/03/2010 - 5:38pm

it's just IMPOSSIBLE that colleges would offer money off the record?

Yes, I do think it's impossible that colleges offer money off the record. They don't have any way to. How would the money be paid? Many of these colleges are public institutions - there's no way they're going to be able to siphon $200K (Heck, it's hard enough to actually spend money legally at most universities).

Now, private individuals - boosters, maybe coaches in some seriously awful cases - yeah, possibly. But the money wouldn't be coming from the school.

by Anonymous2 (not verified) :: Sat, 12/04/2010 - 10:42pm

$20-$30K scholarship?

Most of these scholarships are in the $35K range, with $10K in housing, $4K in food, $1K in books, etc. Thats more than the majority of americans make.