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Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:25 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

This has been a pretty magical season for Auburn.   The team is 10-0, ranked second in the BCS, and a win this Saturday against Georgia would clinch the SEC West and have the Tigers bound for Atlanta to play for the SEC title.  The biggest reason the Tigers have been so good this season is Cam Newton, who has pretty much run away with the Heisman Trophy thanks to his play on the field.

Of course, all anyone wants to talk about when bringing up Auburn is Newton, but it's for all the wrong reasons these days.  The news broke last week that the NCAA is looking into Newton's recruitment, as Kenny Rogers claims that he offered to bring Newton to Mississippi State for $200,000 from the school.  Considering the current environment in college football, in which the contact between agents and players have led to many suspensions, and Reggie Bush has had to give up his Heisman Trophy, there have been a few people who have already made up their minds that Newton is guilty.  Lack of evidence be damned.

One sign that Newton will be cleared in this investigation, though, is the fact that he played on Saturday, and has played all season long while Auburn has been aware of the investigation.  According to Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs, if they felt Newton had done anything wrong, he wouldn't be playing, though that doesn't mean the NCAA is done just yet.

"Any of our student-athletes, if we had any questions about them, about their eligibility," Jacobs told the USA Today. "We wouldn't want them to play."

"It's not a closed matter.  It's still ongoing. ... But we look for Cam to continue to play for us."

Does this mean that Newton is innocent?  No, of course not, but it's a sign that nothing will come from the investigation.  Wins are nice, but if Auburn felt there was going to be any trouble over this, it wouldn't compound the problem by continuing to send Newton out there every Saturday.

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:51 am

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

Unless Kenny Rogers said something to you, he has not publicly stated what you claim.  A John Bond dude said a former teammate said it, ESPN said it was Rogers.  Rogers has publicly denied all of it.  Fourth hand hearsay from a scoundrel the only basis of story, yet journalistic standards deteriorated to the point a young man has been forced to defend himself only on that basis.  Now the student Athletes FERPA rights have been shredded.  Zero evidence has been submitted, only those devoid of shame should contine this abomination ...


Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:33 am

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

I noticed the typo shortly after hitting the submit button. Is that really your only comment to add? You spend enough time to read my comment and only point out a typing error. Do you have an opinion?

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:24 am

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

"You should help in there investigation".

Apparently you should have cheated in school too. Auburn grad?

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:10 am

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

I'm an Auburn fan. I drink kool-aid frequently. However, I'm also rational. It's not too far fetched to believe he could have cheated in many different capacities. Young men make mistakes. Tell me this: If he violated NCAA by laws, where is the proof? If these "reporters" have it, divulge. The NCAA doesn't seem to have it. You should help in there investigation. If proof doesn't come out, will any "reporter" step up and say that implications of wrong doing on Cam or Auburn's part were totally unfounded and then apologize for being a putz? Will Mr. Evans be fired for trashing the reputation of Cam Newton for his own personal gain? If Cam Newton was such a handful at Florida, I suspect that Coach Mullen would not recruit the troublemaker to MSU. He did. If the offer of money took place, recruitment would have stopped immediately. Yet everyone was surprised when he announced Auburn. Did MSU back off on his recruitment after the money offer took place? I've read it both ways, but I remember it being a surprise to MSU in December.

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:21 am

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

He did not "buy" a stolen laptop.


Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 7:58 am

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

unless Auburn thinks they're gonna get in trouble/get away with this no matter what? It's a little late to pull him at this point, I don't blame them at all for still playing him

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:14 am

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'


;     &nbs
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sp;  I'm not one of those AUBURN fans who crawls out of the woodwork. I'mOrange and Blue through and through.

I agree with you,I google john bond and Kenny Rodgers and guess who name popped up later in the article? Dan Mullens(who I think is innocent) and Urban Meyers. I believe that if the Ncaa has been investigating since Dec/Jan nothing will be found. I really don't think Saban or bama nation had anything to do with it. Mal Moore will stoop that low ,but not Nick IMO. 

Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 1:03 am

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

SCam Newton is his new name.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:09 am

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

Alright guys I want you all to ask yourselves, yes or no, whether or not you truly believe Cam Newton was connected with this Rodgers guy and his extortion of Miss State in any way.

I asked myself earlier in the day and my answer was obvious. YES. Why? First off Rodgers is DEFINITLY guilty of trying to extort Miss State, why else would the former Miss State athletic director randomly come out with such an accusation??? He's not even in the SEC now, hes at Arizona, he had NOTHING to gain.

Second, Cam Newtons history and the fact that he wanted to go to Mississippi State but LEFT IT UP TO HIS DAD to chose in the end. Convienently, his dad chooses Auburn, not Miss State who refused Rodgers extortion attempt.

Guys I 100% believe money has changed hands here but not by Auburns athletic department, they are not in on it.

Its the boosters... they would have gladly paid to get someone like Cam Newton, and they'll never say a word. The NCAA will investigate Auburn, but they'll probably come up with nothing. Someday the story will come out, but everyone involved right now is going to be as silent as a ghost.

Just ask yourself with no BS, if you had to bet your life whether or not he took money what would you choose.

Well, you'd choose that he took the money if you wanted to live...

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:16 pm

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'


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