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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 3, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 6:04 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

It can never be just the hoisting of a laptop from the back of someone's trunk.  No, where there's smoke, there's usually fire.  And this time you can't blame it on poor, urban black kid with no father figure.  When it clears, the all-American root of evil will rear its head:  greed.  Stand down War Eagle, it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 5:59 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

I didn't stop at Reggie Bush and it won't stop at Cam Newton. Ladies and gentlemen money talks, just pay them.

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 3:38 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Best player in college, no matter how much MSU hates him....

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:58 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Everything is beautiful. Georgia and Alabama ahead and who knows beyond that. MSU should worry more about Cowbells than BS. Timing is everything in scandal. Throw in the church and you have a real barnburner. If recruitment wont work you throw in cheating, if that doesnt take you say someone gave money to the church and Cam went to AU. Beautiful. What next? Script writers wanted for the next episode of this drama. Now "sources" say on the phone two people admitted to taking money. If true they need to step up. If not they need to step out. All this seems to come from MSU. Instead of fighting this they should be getting ready for Alabama that other team in the state of Alabama. Probably this is a lot of hearsay. Rumors sting and hurt. It's been said this has been examined since January. No harm no foul it seems. Since going to junior college and Auburn it appears Newton has done the right things. I say it's sour grapes.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:30 am
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Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:04 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Who cares it's just CBS's crappy message board.

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:00 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

I'm not mad at all. Just very and I mean very hurt if this is indeed true. Hell, I'm hurt regardless because even if this is false, in the matter of public opinion, we're dirty. It's tough to deal with.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:56 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

wow, you make lsu proud, no doubt

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:32 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

Not surprised a LSU fan hit the wire first, but anyway. Hasn't the NCAA already request and received the Newton's family bank statements to check for any deposits that may look unusual. Is the IRS involved too? Could this be a witch hunt like Fullmer used to try, and most likely coming from UGA and UF? Let them play football, there is no way they can get to the bottom of this until the parties involved decide to talk, ie see the Reggie Bush saga. Auburn may win the National Title, but we wont know about Cam until it's too late. Hope it's not true for the team and SEC.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:12 am

Report: Cam Newton, father pressured MSU for cash

ahahahahahah Auburn you so screwed

U mad Auburn fans U mad

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