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Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:51 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2010 12:32 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

More Mississippi State sources have come forward with information against Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, telling ESPN today that the Newton family admitted to receiving money from Auburn recruiters in phone conversations last year:

Prior to Newton's commitment to Auburn, one of the recruiters said Cecil Newton told him it would take "more than a scholarship" to bring his son to Mississippi State, a request the source said the school would not meet. Cecil Newton also referred the recruiter to a third person that would provide more specifics, the source said.

After Newton committed to Auburn, another source said an emotional Cam Newton phoned another recruiter to express regret about his change of commitment from Mississippi State, stating that his father Cecil had chosen Auburn for him because "the money was too much."

Obviously, the NCAA is going to want to hear more about this, and the days of Auburn being able to proudly claim that its football program is not a target of any NCAA investigation are probably close to an end.

It's worth pointing out, though, that this report in and of itself doesn't constitute enough to jeopardize Newton's eligibility today; it's simple hearsay more than anything else. Furthermore, since this new allegation is that the Newtons accepted money (and not that Auburn merely offered it), the NCAA is going to have to actually find some of this money (which sounds easy enough, considering the Newtons were asking for $200,000, but you never know what a, um, "creative" accountant can accomplish) before it doles out any punishment.

When reached for comment, Cecil Newton had little to tell Fox Sports.

"I’m not going to confirm nor deny nothing that has been taking place," Newton told Thayer Evans of Fox Sports. "I’ve answered what I need to answer. If they’re out there, go with it and make the decision or determination based on whatever you’ve got to say."

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen may have denied the earlier reports that he was behind the allegations of academic misconduct by Newton, but considering MSU's heavy involvement with these two other reports, it's easy to wonder whether there's any point in Mullen keeping any distance from this scandal anymore. This is clearly the Bulldogs' fight right now, so they might as well be honest about it.

Moreover, if the academic allegations did come from Mullen (which would make sense, considering his position at Florida while Newton was there), then this is three-for-three on Cam Newton allegations that have come from Mississippi State ... and haven't been proven yet. That's not to say they can't or won't be proven true -- time will tell on that front -- but these reports aren't coming from the NCAA, they're just Mississippi State airing dirty laundry. Remember how true the academic allegations sounded when the report first hit? Those don't seem quite as credible now that has its own sources saying Newton was never involved in the Florida Student Conduct Committee for any reason. It would be wise to at least keep that track record in mind going forward until more definitive evidence arises.


Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:24 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

A Plus $100,000 education isn't enough?

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:59 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

College Football probably makes as much or more than the NFL. Yet the players have had the 'you won't get any money' mantra drilled into their head since birth. Who's mantra is it anyway? People are getting filthy stinking rich through college sports in the US. Absolutely none of that money goes to the actual attraction, the players. How is this OK? The NCAA has done an epic job of getting the public and media to scream blasphemy if a player accepts a freaking cell phone as compensation. Wake up and have the players get what they darn well deserve, a share of the profits. A big one. Corporate criminals heading college sports, I'm talking to you.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:57 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Where there's smoke there's fire.....

Now matter how this ends, it will not be good for Auburn or MSU. It won't affect Newton, because he never cared about earning a degree in the first place he just wanted to get paid. And regardless of how this all works out he will, because Newton has NFL written all over him and the Heismann doesn't matter since he'll get the big dollars with or without it - just ask Bush.

Too bad for Auburn and MSU if they go on probabation because of Newton and for Auburn if they forfeit games. Newton won't lose a minute of sleep over either issue as he and his family are rolling in NFL cash next year.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:50 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

This is no different then Reggie bush and USC where the so called family did it not Newton himself. We all know that both are dirty plain and simple. My father must have done it I have no knowledge of it. Now the SEC is right in the middle of it Auburn has no more buisness in the top 7 then does Alabama please tell me who the sec plays out of confrence NOBODY. So stop throwing that in every ones face.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:39 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash


Well said.   In no way should college players be paid cash.  With the current cost of tuition the scholarships are prob worth 100k/year.  How many people reading this board make 100k/year?   If they start paying cash, the first people to complain about the cost of their kids education will be those that think the players should be paid.


Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:07 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Really? you sound ignorant that family didnt take any money...... that church hasnt had service in a year and a half so those "RENOVATIONS" must be real nice dumbass.  This is a witchhunt from a school that is sour about a player choosing to go to a school with a real football program.  The media is killing a good kid

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:57 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Does any of this surprise anyone? The more this is reported on, the more appreciation it gives me for the movie Blue Chips. Anyone remember that one? Nick Nolte, Shaq, Penny Hardaway. About a program and legendary coach falling on tough times, and buying some recruits to turn the program around. I may have to watch that one tonight.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:56 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

OTHER--Todd Marinovich.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:55 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

What a bleeping mess this has turned into.  At this point who really knows what happened . . . .

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:53 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

By the time this is over, we're all going to be sick and tired of hearing about Cam and his "pappy." That being said, and unless I'm just missing it, thank you, cbssports for taking away the option to create a poll, I'll just post the question.

Q- Which athlete's father has proven to be the most annoying?

The coices are:

A) Cam Newton
B) Barry Sanders
C) Eric Lindros
D) Other

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