Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

04 Nov 2010

NCAA to Investigate Cam Newton

The first bit of bad news for Cam Newton this season: The Heisman hopeful will be investigated by the NCAA. Multiple sources told ESPN.com that a man representing Newton was telling school it would take a six-figure payment to secure his signature on a National Letter of Intent.

Newton was a junior college player at the time, recovering from his first scandal at the University of Florida. There, he was kicked off the team for stealing a laptop and throwing it out of a dorm window when the police arrived.

Posted by: David Gardner on 04 Nov 2010

29 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2010, 10:41am by Dean


by TheSlinger :: Thu, 11/04/2010 - 9:54pm

Nobody is winning the heisman this year.

by Dean :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 9:28am

I think the last time I cared who won the Heisman would be somewhere around the time Vinny Testeverde won it. I don't think I could name a single one of the last 10 winners off the top of my head.

by Scott P. (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 11:18am

Really? You are not aware of Tim Tebow, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart or Carson Palmer?

by Dean :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 11:28am

It would be more accurate to say that the fact that they won the Heisman went in one ear and out the other and was either ignored or forgotten within the span of a news cycle.

When I think of those players, even if I'm specifically thinking of their college careers, I'm not focusing on awards.

by AudacityOfHoops :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 1:05pm

"being aware of" != "being able to spontaneously name as previous winner of Heisman trophy"

Given a binary Yes/No choice on the 4 guys you mentioned, I would have been wrong on 2 (Leinart & Palmer). But yes, I am aware of all four of them:

-Tebow is the QB that doesn't throw passes.
-Bush is the RB that gave back the Heisman, and is, based on a couple articles I've read while Bush has been injured, apparently more useful to the Saints for his versatility than his actual production.
-Leinart was replaced by Max Hall, right?
-Palmer was awesome until his leg exploded.

by Raiderjoe :: Thu, 11/04/2010 - 10:34pm

guy on ducks might win it nwo. lamichale james or something. Ducks recruitng La guys lately. Lagarette, lamichael and maybe some others.

by Yaguar :: Thu, 11/04/2010 - 10:56pm

In most articles I've seen, it says "a man who said he was representing Newton" or something similar. I remind you that people often pretend to be professional athletes or their agents. There was that guy who pretended to be Brian St Pierre and Jerame Tuman.

It's wholly possible that this did happen, and Newton had nothing to do with it.

We'll see.

by Unregistered Rob (not verified) :: Thu, 11/04/2010 - 10:59pm

Actually from what was reported elsewhere, the laptop in question was purchased by Cam Newton, but it turned out to have been stolen (not by Newton). Police tracked it to Newton, and he panicked and threw it out the window. He was not kicked off the team for this.

Stealing a laptop would get you kicked off Oregon, but at Florida that probably ranks pretty low on the list.

by RichC (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 8:55am

"Actually from what was reported elsewhere, the laptop in question was purchased by Cam Newton, but it turned out to have been stolen (not by Newton). Police tracked it to Newton, and he panicked and threw it out the window. He was not kicked off the team for this. "

From what I've read, that's what Newton's father says, but its complely unsubstantiated.

by Dean :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 9:31am

Which given how low Oregon ranks, REALLY says something about Florida.

by dryheat :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 10:09am

That doesn't really exonerate him in the least. A guy near the train station offered to sell me a top-of-the-line Sony camcorder he was hiding under his coat for $50 once. I'm fairly certain that on the off-chance the police came a-knockin' at my door, telling them that I purchased the item with no knowledge it was stolen wouldn't keep me from being arrested. If I thought that it was purchased legitimately, I certainly wouldn't react by throwing my new camcorder out the window.

by chemical burn :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 10:38am

In fact, they might have written entire laws about receiving stolen goods to deal with such transparent "oh, gosh, I didn't know" type scenarios. Also, I read some of the most recent interviews with the good "Bishop" Newton and that guy seems like one sleazy disingenuous fellow, regardless of what actually happens in this case.

by Unregistered Rob (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 11:55am

Didn't say that "exonerates" him, he obviously was guilty (or had guilty feelings) about something. Whether he stole or bought stolen is a matter of our somewhat-informed opinions. But I do not think he was kicked off the team for the matter. Given all the other issues among past/present Florida players, I'd be surprised if this is one where Meyer carried a heavy hand.

by Kibbles :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 2:41pm

The only reason Cam Newton wasn't kicked off the Gators for stealing a laptop is because he left the Gators before everything unfolded and the Gators had a chance to give him the boot. And I assure you that stealing a laptop would have gotten him kicked off the team. A player was kicked off the team for using a dead girl's credit card, and I'd say laptop theft is probably a pretty comparable offense.

by tuluse :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 2:53pm

IDK, fraud is a federal law, but I don't think theft is. As long as he didn't steal it in Georgia.

by playjurist (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 3:41am

When coaches stop taking multi-million dollar salaries and sports programs start sending money back into universities's core educational mission, instead of construction projects for connected contractors, I will start being scandalized by this stuff. There's so much money in college football, but then people act like it's deeply immoral that a player tries to get some of it. As Thrasymachus said, sometimes what we call "moral" is just what's in the interest of the powerful. As Socrates replied, what's called "moral" ain't always what is moral. Of course, with humanities budgets being slashed, who reads Plato anymore?

by Scott P. (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 11:20am

I'm not sure how players getting money will result in more money going to the humanities. Less, I should think.

by roguerouge :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 1:58pm

Yes, because starting life with a free education worth between 50 and 120K... that's not getting some of the money in college athletics. Meanwhile, their college peers who look to train for the future careers take internships where they get to work for free.

by Will Allen :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 4:50pm

Fine, let us put a ceiling on Urban Meyer's compensation. Hell, we'll go crazy and give him 120k per year.

by Will Allen :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 4:57pm

Also, lemme know when you meet an intern at a law firm who gets concussed four times while going through boxes of documents, while somebody pays 12 million to the firm to televise the intern's work activity.

by roguerouge :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 5:57pm

Valid points, but I still think it's a great privilege to get a free education. The added perks of incredible academic supports unavailable to your peers, the possibility of fame, and the attending social status make it hard for me to swallow that these athletes are terribly, terribly exploited. Especially when the same argument applies to college athletes swimming, tennis, track and baseball.

by jmaron :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 10:22am

don't know anything about College Football or Cam Newton, but I bet he ends up playing for the Cinn Bengals

by Dean :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 10:46am

2004 called. They want their insult back.

At this point, it'd be much more likely that he'd join Rapistburger & Co. over in Stealer country.

by Unregistered Rob (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 12:01pm

And a million people are jamming the phone lines to discuss the originality of your insults.

by darin (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 1:36pm

I'll admit I did enjoy 'Rapistburger'

by chemical burn :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 2:29pm

he wasn't criticizing the O.P.'s originality, only it's out-dated qualities. And, yes, the Steelers clearly have taken the lead in the league as far as thugs and criminals are concerned. (please note that in this instance "thug" is not a code for "too black for my white tastes" but rather meant in the sense of "people who revel in cheap viciousness and a puerile love o' violence.")

by UTVikefan (not verified) :: Sun, 11/07/2010 - 2:41am

Is it just me, or did the *cough* 4th round holdout Onterio Smith (IKA Mr. Wizzinator) go to Oregon. Hmmm, is Masoli [sp] now at 'ole Miss? I am thinking he played somewhere before his new stint. Could it be that Tebow and all the gentiles cannot hold a candle to Oregon.

by Overrated (not verified) :: Mon, 11/08/2010 - 1:09am

It looks like English, but I have no idea what you're saying.

by Dean :: Mon, 11/08/2010 - 10:41am

I think it's supposed to point out that Onterrio Smith and Missoli both went to Oregon. Now, exactly what that has to do with Tim Tebow, Forida, or the price of tea in China, I'll leave to someone else to figure out. Maybe Morganja or Johnny Blazin' can make that leap for us?