Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Nov 2010

More Allegations Against Newton

Less than a week after ESPN.com reported that someone claiming to represent Cam Newton was accepting money for his signature on a National Letter of Intent, FoxSports.com is reporting a new back story as to why Newton left the University of Florida.

According to their source, Newton was involved in three violations of the academic honor code, including writing his name on someone else's paper and purchasing a paper from the Internet. Although the Newtons have claimed that the quarterback decided to transfer because Tim Tebow opted to stay in school for his senior year, the source told FoxSports.com that Newton was in fact no longer enrolled at Florida before Tebow made his decision.

Posted by: David Gardner on 09 Nov 2010

15 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2010, 4:08pm by Roscoe


by andrew :: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 12:06pm

Is there supposed to be a link?

by David Gardner :: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 5:10pm

Corrected with link ... my bad.

by Southern Philly :: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 12:38pm

The guy who wrote this piece, Thayer Evans, wrote three days ago that Heisman voters shouldn't vote for Newton because of the story about the $180,000 pay off. To which of course there has not yet been any evidence of a direct connection to Newton. So maybe he has an axe to grind, for whatever reason.

And a quick Google search indicates this guy is not without criticism.

by johnmartinolive... :: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 2:31pm

I saw the story. Have to say its not a big deal. Even if it is true I can't see how it would hurt his eligibility. Have to love the timing of all these allegations though. SEC baby...

by bsharp :: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 2:46pm

I hate Auburn as much as any other LSU fan, but this accusation is trash. Don't get me wrong, I've heard the stories about Trooper Taylor. I've heard other stories about recruits they've gone after. And if they crossed the line, I want them to go down HARD. But this story has nothing to do with NCAA bylaws or anything the NCAA will investigate. It was a lazy journalist sitting around with nothing to do when he heard, "Cam Newton cheated", so he ran with it. Let's not drag up every unrelated incident in his past over this. If Cam Newton, or any other player, accepted money, the NCAA will be all over it in due time. That writer has zero integrity.

by Roscoe :: Wed, 11/10/2010 - 4:08pm

I thought the original story was BS. But the allegations coming out today (reported by ESPN) apparently have identified sources at Miss St. saying they heard from Cam himself that he wanted to go there but the money was "too good" elsewhere. These conversations were supposedly reported to the SEC. And the non-denial by the Dad does not help.

It doesn't sound like we have heard the last of this.

by JasonK :: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 3:00pm

This is probably my college football ignorance speaking, but I was expecting a story about Nate Newton here.

(Although, if his wikipedia entry is accurate, he has kept his nose quite clean since serving his time for transporting hundreds of pounds of marijuana.)

by bsharp :: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 3:08pm

Dude has dropped a ton of weight. Had one of them stomach stapling surgeries.

by AnonymousD (not verified) :: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 11:18pm

In addition to what the poster above said, Newton co-hosts a show on the Dallas ESPN affiliate and appears on a local Cowboys TV show as well.

by JonFrum (not verified) :: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 7:51pm

This is the SEC - they play hardball. Next, I'm expecting someone to claim he has proof that Steve Spurrier voted for Obama.

by lionsbob :: Wed, 11/10/2010 - 2:14am

OK, Joe Schad has gotten serious with these allegations, especially the pay for play ones. This doesn't seem like a simple everyone is telling a lie...there is some sort of truth to these stories.

by Alex51 :: Wed, 11/10/2010 - 5:27am

Lawsuit claims that f != ma, and that objects in motion tend to stop without being acted on by an external force!

by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Wed, 11/10/2010 - 12:40pm

Whether it's true or not, the timing of this whole thing really couldn't be more transparent. And for my money, the far more interesting thing is who's leaking all this stuff. Who has the most to gain?

by lionsbob :: Wed, 11/10/2010 - 1:06pm

The most to gain from this is TCU and Boise State, so it is obviously them.

by speedegg :: Wed, 11/10/2010 - 1:31pm

Allegations were made in January that Cam Newton and his father told two recruiters, "It will take more than a scholarship" to get Cam to sign and "It's all about the money". Cam also said it wasn't his decision to chose a college, it was up to his father.

These are separate from the other allegations of cheating at Florida AND from different sources. However, at this time these are just allegations and haven't been found to be facts.