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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 16, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:35 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Let me get this straight.........MSU loses a bidding war with Auburn for Cam Newton and is now blowing the whistle on the whole deal.  Thats like reporting to police that someone stole the drugs you were trying to sell them.

Or, MSU is just making stuff up to smear Cam and the Tigers.

Either way MSU looks real stupid.  Especially if nothing happend or the Newtons were able to hide it good enough. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:29 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Tune in tomorrow for a thrilling new episode of "As the Gridiron Turns: The SEC Saga"!

Seriously people, this all just boiling down to being a bad soap opera right now.  All we have are rumors, hearsay, and unproven accusations from what seem to be jilted lovers in Newton's recruitment.  I'm not saying this is all false, but how about holding off on these stories until after something concrete actually comes to light.

This report is almost as bad as the ones from ESPN that started this whole story in the first place.  "Look at all this new information that is coming to light!  More people are coming forward with tales of dirty agents and family members."

(But please read the fine print at the end that says these may all be lies and we didn't take our time to actually research and track down the credibility of the stories.)

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:26 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

  • 11/09/10 5:23 pm
  • Wow it took 24 hrs to refute this last character assasination attempt.  It took a few days after the original smear with Bond-Rogers.  This one will be taken care in maybe another 48 hours?  I hope the Newtons and AU are able to sue ESPN for these unsubstantiated stories that should have never gone to press.  Its truly pathetic that they allow themselves to be used as mouthpieces for whoever it is that is wage this Psy-Ops attack on Newton.

    Since: Feb 12, 2007
    Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:01 am

    Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

    This guy is a cheater and should not be allowed to play. The whole family is just as bad. THIS IS LIKE BUSH. IT SMELLS. Give it up Auburn, you knew about this and it makes you just as guilty as he is.

    Since: Nov 6, 2010
    Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:48 am

    Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

    Name one source.  You can't.  If MSU was approached for money, why did they still have an offer on the table when Cam accepted Auburn's offer?

    Since: Apr 22, 2008
    Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:48 am

    Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

    College players should receive some sort of pay, I don't debate that.  But it is becoming more and more obvious that the Newtons used their position to bargain with college recruiters.  This being against the rules, I really can't believe AU would not see through this knowing it was bound to cause problems.  Newton's track record at UF should have raised a warning flag in the first place regardless of whether or not they knew about the cheating accusations.  I am not against giving someone a second chance but when that second chance starts with "Pay my son and he will play for you," that second chance is over.  I applaud MSU for turning these accused individuals down.  I scorn those on these message boards who jumped to conclusions blaming Urban Meyer for leaking these reports.  Contrary to your conspiracy theories I almost vomitted at yesterday, there would be absolutely nothing to gain for Urban and only everything to lose.  You can't keep these leaks, bribes, etc a secret.  Someone is bound to talk, you reap what you sow.

    Since: Sep 17, 2007
    Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:36 am

    Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

    As soon as there's some PROOF, I'll believe it. I have no vested interest here. I'm not an Auburn fan. But UNTIL there is EVIDENCE that is presented, judgement should be reserved. Or, if you're ESPN, you can run unsubstantiated reports later to be found fallacious (ie, Bond hasn't spoken with Kenny Rogers in decades*, despite espn's initial report that 'sources' claimed it was Kenny Rogers who solicited Bond as proxy for Newton's camp). Such is the guile of the four letter network apparently. They are so keen on 'breaking the big story' that they fail to cultivate that little notion known as 'journalistic integrity'. Sad.


    Since: Nov 9, 2010
    Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:25 am

    Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

    This "damning" evidence is said to have been reported when the original story said the solicitation from Rogers was reported does it not?  So one should be able to surmise that there is no new information in this than the SEC and NCAA were told about previously correct?   My question would be, "recruiters" have to be coaches otherwise it's an NCAA violation (1), so why not call them such?  What happened to the intermediaires from the original story?  Newton talked to coaches about money, but they continued to recruit him? Seems that Miss St., and potentially the pilers on may be the one's in trouble in the end should none of this be proven against the Newtons.  Potential NCAA violations as well as lawsuits for slander.

    Since: Oct 10, 2006
    Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:09 am

    Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

    Exactly like the Reggie Bush saga different in that this has all come to light prior to the Heisman award. Sad for the Auburn fans as this will taint their season. Sad for all sports fans that greed is still the number one problem in all of sports. When this all comes out two schools, many coaches and who knows how many dirty agents are involved. Cecil Newton and Cam need a lawyer fast. They should shut their mouth as anything they say will be used against them. I was really looking forward to that Alabama vs Auburn game without all this nonsense. Stealing, lying, fraud, greed all come to mind. To this day that dirty SOB Reggie Bush never came clean with the public. Yeah he gave back his trophy but did you listen to his reason. No worries the NFL is waiting and a chance to make even more coin while America happily forgets the sins. Pathetic!

    Since: Nov 10, 2010
    Posted on: November 10, 2010 6:29 am

    Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

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