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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: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:45 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

The bottom line up front.  Let the NCAA do its job with the investigation and then make comments.  If the Newtons did any thing wrong, they and the university should be punished.  I can not comment on Cam character, because I do not know him at that level, however, he is a D-- good football player and should fine at the next level (NFL).   I will be happy when this issue is resolved.  I wonder if Auburn had lost at least 5 games this would be in the headlines????? 

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:41 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

You're MSU and this you tried very hard to pull in decides to go . You figure "oh well, he is just another player" and let it go at that. Then this kid turns out to be a candidate who is tear up college football. Now as a program you figure you had better drag the kid down before you look dumb for not failing to bring him in.

I am not saying that money was not is college football and players have been getting paid in various ways for .

I am simply suggesting that you keep this story quiet before the investigation brings the issue in your program to the headlines. Instead of bringing Newton down you could end up bringing your program down. Just a suggestion form a football fan.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:32 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

he has not been found guilty yet, he might not be guilty, stop assuming, it makes u look like an ASS!!! did Auburn beat up on your school and you are jelous?

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:31 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Leave the KID alone!! NCAA is fault !! Why havent they done something about ROUGE AGENTS already!!!

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:22 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Why is this a surprise? Cecil Newton was crystal clear about why Cam ended up at Auburn when he said of Cam "I didn't want him to be a rented mule." (Montgomery Advertiser, 1/22/2010. ).  The implication is that Auburn Cam is a Leased Lexus.
This young man does not have the character of someone who deserves the Heisman.  The NCAA needs to go back to SMU-level punishments, starting with Auburn University.  This is the only thing that will get the attention of big football schools.  Shut down the football program at Auburn for 7 years.  Treating these young men like chattel slaves must cease.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:15 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

You consider College Football prostitution? don't be so liberal with your words.

Considering how much money major college sports generate for universities, I believe the players should get a cut. Their cut should be based on their individual statistics, playing time, their team's win-loss percentage, bowl game results, souvenir sales, their scholastic grades, and ticket sales.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:04 am

ESPN, are you serious?

Is what ESPN just released about now 2 unnamed sources reporting that they are upset Newton didn't attend MSU the story that needs to air? How about this headline: "ESPN's primary source being questioned by the FBI!" I find it odd that a story referencing the same information that has been available since January is basically re-released with different details from different sources only hours after the "smoking gun" (John Bond) is to be questioned by the FBI. It looks like ESPN is now distancing itself from its initial source.

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:03 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

If Miss. State did this; why would they wait until after they played Auburn? ESPN brought this BACK up looking for senstaionalism. I believe AU alum paid them. AU has always been dirty. The NCAA will eventually take care of this.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:56 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Cecil Newton should get the father of the year award, a preacher who prostitutes his son. The Bible thumpers in the south should be very proud that Cecil represents God and all is morals.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:41 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

I feel sorry for the kid, sounds like it was his father that did this, its really not fair to the kid. A good Quaterback who's collage carrer anyways could be in jepordy because of his dad. This is whats wrong with the system, they need to go after these corupt agents , or so called agents and do something about it from the source itself. What do you expect a kid or his family who don't have a lot of money mabe no money, that are just trying to feed thier familes, and someone walks up to them and offers them a bunch of money because their kid is good at a sport. Something needs to be done about the agents, they walk away with punisment. And the kid suffers. Not fair if you ask me..

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