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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: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:48 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Okay, I don't care either way and the latest trend is that Cam Newton will be found guilty (consider Tiger, Bush, and Favre as latest tabloid scandals to be found true). But if there is found to be no evidence to support these claims, does this guy making the allegations get punished by NCAA? Should MSU get sanctioned if they are completely false? He should, and so should MSU if they are false.  

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:40 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Will the NCAA's investigation finish in time to make them ineligible this year?

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:32 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.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:28 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

"...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."  (Jacobi)   ----I am wondering what exactly this has to do with anything?  Why shouldn't he be involved, if he has information?  The fact is that he should have come forward sooner, if he knew anything; and it may be that he wanted to make sure that he had his facts straight?  Your point on Florida's Student Conduct Committee is a mute; since those records are, technically, to remain confidential; and a leak could be inferred, because the information surfaced --wh
ich could lead to a lawsuit.  The truth is, there were others involved, so anyone could have let-out the information, not necessarily the school.  The denial does not necessarily mean that it did not happen. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:28 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

They most certainly do have time to work.
Football season runs from September to January, as soon as football season is over they can get a job.
There's NO reason to have ANY further football activities  until the summer, in between there's plenty of time for work, school and work outs to keep in shape.
I'm sick of hearing people whine and complain that a scholarship to a major university isn't enough for an athlete, ok so free education, room board & meals isn't enough eh? I know PLENTY of students who would give anything for  a half to even a quarter of that.
Too many "student athletes" don't actually care about their education, they're actually athletes pretending to be students because of the rules of professional sports that maintain that you MUST attend college.
There are some student athletes who do care about their education and have plenty of professional football aspirations with a REAL chance to play in the NFL but sadly most only go to college because the HAVE to not because they WANT to.
Sure the universities and the NCAA are reaping HUGE profits on the backs of these kids but that's what they signed up for when they decided to play college football and to expect to receive a stipend in addition to the scholarship they receive is ludicrous and in my estimation completely wrong.
I know most on this board will side with the athletes and expect them to get paid but perhaps when you consider what a college graduate with ANY degree can earn in the work force versus what a non college graduate or only a high school graduate earns you will truly see the value in what they are receiving as most who get drafted into professional sports don't make it so they need to find another way to earn a living, that college degree will help them earn that living so it's actually the gift that keeps on giving LONG after the student graduates.
Whether you want to play football professionally or not football does not and should not be a year round pursuit, these student athletes need to take time to enjoy the college experience, revel in the gift your given to be around great minds, travel - not just to play other schools in athletics, do what every other student does but set aside the proper time to embrace your athletic pursuits.
I know most of you will say i'm naive or have no idea what i'm talking about but I was once just like you saying athletes should get paid and that the athletics are the be all and end all of a University but i've changed my tune as i've gotten older and have seen way too many athletes squander their educational opportunities all for the sake of 24/7/365 devotion to football.
There's WAY more out there oh yeah and shame on Cecil Newton and any other parent who doesn't see this, you're doing your son a great disservice!

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:20 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Maybe you should get some new Bush if your's smells.

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:19 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Way to hose your own kid, Cecil Newton. You're a disgrace...

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:09 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

  And don't forget the free tutoring   that is usually done by actual students for near minimum wage.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:58 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

100k for college include food and and board isn't on top of the 100k...

Most student athletes do not have them any time to make any extra cash unlike other students.  And during the football season? Forget about it.  I guess during the summer they could train and work, but many athletes have to take classes to catch up because their athletic seasons are so hectic they can not take certain classes because they do not have enough time to study properly. 

Many of these athletes should be able to get out small student loans to help pay for whatever. 

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:45 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Last time I checked college athletes on scholorship do get paid.  They get a $100K education for free, the get fed more than 3 meals a day, they live for free on campus.  They don't need a penny of their own money assuming they live on campus.  This had nothing to do with a agent it was his greedy ass father.  The kid probably didn't have much to do with what was going on so I dont think he should be punished.  Go after the father for holding these schools for ransom.   

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