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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 10, 2010
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:25 pm

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

I guess Daddy Newton is less a real reverend and more a pimp that calls himself reverend. You know, since he whored his son out. His congregation might want to look for a new church sometime soon.

Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:59 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Purchasing stolen merchandise, obstruction of justice, cheating on school work several times and 12 traffic violations while at Florida are factual character deficits that could happen to anyone attending school these days.  All of the pay-for-play stories are just allegations arising from a disappointed footbal staff, after the fact.  None of this ought to discolor writers who vote for the Heisman award or influence the NCAA in forming an opinion about recruiting players for big time sports.  Just be patient, all of this will get sorted out in a year or two and then things will return to normal.     

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:51 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

If you don't think players on your favorite team received "incentives" for going there, then you're just fooling yourself.  Look at the cars these kids are driving around in.  The difference here is that Cecil Newton is stupid and greedy.   There is a difference between a player driving an Escalade owned by their "uncle", and a father flat out asking for $200,000.  

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:49 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

In many regions, high school football is a cash cow for the school district as well. Does this mean that High-School students should be played when they are voluntarily playing the game as well?
I was a starter at a Pac-10 school 16 years ago. While I was good enough to start for my last 2 years, at no point did I ever have a false hope of making it to the NFL. Today I have a good career that was made possible by the degree I earned. What's even nicer is that while many of my friends are STILL paying off their student loans, and will be for another 15 years it seems, I have no debt since my scholarship paid for it.
College athletes on scholarships are cared for far better than many realize. While I would have  loved to have been paid, I can honestly say that I was playing a game that I loved so much, I would have gladly worked full time to pay for my tuition if I had to just so I could have the opportunity to suit up on Saturday.
I am sure there are others who believe that college football players should be paid, however, don't forget about all the other athletes to then. Be prepared for badminton players to get a piece of the pie as well. Also be prepared for tuition rates to sky rocket while ticket prices soar as well.
We don't need all that. We just need to invest in protecting and supporting the players that are as passionate about their education as they are their football, or any collegiate sport for that matter. Overall, I feel most schools are already doing that.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:22 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Mike, the only thing we should consider is that ur an idiot!! if you have tapes, why dont you release them fool... cheat liar, felon?? when exactly did you pick up his police records?? ohhhh, you havent?? again, i say, fool!! ur no better than the clowns, tryin to smear this young man!! get a life!! CHUMP!!

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:20 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Is this really a surprise to anybody? College football players need to be paid and should be for the physical abuse they take week in and week out plus the money that they make for the universities, they deserve a little slice of the pie. The fact that C. Newton hasn't really denied this accusations says enough, if that was me and I was innocent I would make it very clear. Some people say there just trying to drag his name through the mud but there is a lot of stuff coming out every week and more and more its looking like Newton is guilty, will they find enough evidence though. Regardless the guy doesn't seem like a "high character" guy and besides that I don't think he will be a good NFL player anyways, at least not at QB.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:15 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

And JPyetman, you are an idiot.... As of now there is just rumors and accusations.... Not one lick of evidence.... The only thing he that its been proven, is that he bought a stolen laptop when he was a freshman at Florida... THAT IS IT... The rest of it, until there is some evidence is all just rumors... but idiots like yourself take any item from an "unnamed source" as the gospel and then start running off at the mouth....

I have said before and I will say it again to people like you... why don't you try and let the facts come out before crucifying Auburn and Newton... That might be a completely foreign method to you but you should try it, most intelligent adults use this method....

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:00 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Auburn has been caught paying for Cam Newton, and it's ON TAPE
Auburn is NOT going to a Bowl
Auburn does NOT have a Heisman Canidate
Auburn WONT be going to a bowl for 3 years
Auburn WONT recover for a DECADE when all is said and Done
They will get it worse than USC
Book all this
And LMAO at those who keep saying consider the source...
Ok Consider than Cam Newton is a Cheat/Liar/ and Felon while we are considering the source.

JPyetman has broken the story here.  When are you going to release the tape???  I can't believe this hasn't ben reported by the press yet!!!

Your post sounds as credible as a school being upset about losing a recruit and airing dirty laundry.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:55 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Blah Blah Blah.  Show me proof, and I will call you guilty.  Don't show me proof, and I will call you innocent.  Come on media, back up your reports.

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