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Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:05 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

College football fans (not to mention poll voters, BCS administrators, exhausted reporters, etc.) hoping for some movement forward on the Cam Newton investigation appear to be getting their wish today based on a series of reports out of the South. Two of those are recapped here , namely:

-- Former Mississippi State quarterback and Bulldog supporter John Bond met with the FBI today, according to Bond's attorney; Bond was the player (allegedly) originally approached as a possible source of funds by ...

-- Kenny Rogers , another former State player and agent who has claimed Cecil Newton asked him to arrange payment for his son's services; according to a Dallas radio host, Rogers is speaking to NCAA investigators as we type.

But that's not all. Notorious Alabama radio personality Paul Finebaum has added a new name into the mix of potential Newton informants and NCAA interviewees: Jody Wright , currently an Alabama graduate assistant and formerly a State director of football operations, who Finebaum reported was interviewed yesterday.

Obviously, the NCAA isn't going to confirm or comment on any of this. But to disregard all of these reports (not to mention the ones out of Birmingham that Auburn met with NCAA officials before the Georgia game) would be trying too hard. Whispers from the Auburn-colored corners of the Internet are even suggesting that a ruling could come as early as this week .

Since that would be a decision-making process of nearly unprecedented speed for an organization universally panned for its methodical approach, it seems unlikely the NCAA will make a move quite that soon. But clearly, the NCAA is on the case and moving with what appears to be all possible haste. Early estimates that placed a conclusion to the Newton case early next year -- following a BCS championship game which may or may not include Auburn, depending on their performance in the Iron Bowl grudge match with Alabama -- look at this moment to be on the pessimistic side.

Considering how much is at stake -- not only for Auburn but for all of college football, should its biggest individual award and national championship be awarded to a player later found to be ineligible -- that may not be surprising, even for the NCAA.

Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 4:53 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

Auburn??  Isn't this also the same team that named their football field after the coach from Eric Ramsey scandal?  This is not a school with a good track record.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 3:18 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

If "Auburn Nation" is the like to protect a goon (on the field) and a cheating hooligan (whos dad whores him out off the field) then I feel sorry for your fan base.  I can't wait for the Iron Bowl this year, especially when Cam Newton isn't playing in it, exposing Auburn as the 8-4 team they should be.


Yeah I know I'm an Ohio State fan and you guys will bring up Maurice Clarett. I never thought he was a person of integrity and our coach got rid of him pretty quick. (he's actually finishing up his schooling at Ohio State now).



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 3:18 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

This whole thing is starting to look more and more like a lynching instead of truth. They have no facts to support what they are saying. All schools involved are saying it is bull and even coaches who recruited him for other schools said there was nothing out of the ordinary.

 

Looks more like jealousy and hate to me. Now that Newton has made Tebow look like a high school player and Meyer look like an idiot for letting him go all the haters are jumping on the hate wagon. Newton is as legit as they come and I honestly don't think the guy has done anything wrong.

 

Just keep owning everyone Newton and all will be fine in the end. The lies will come out and the right people will get in trouble.

 

Every time someone gets ahead, theres always some jealous, sad little waste of space out there to try and bring them down. Kenny Rogers is a nobody who wasn't any good and he's jealous, plain and simple.

 

Now it's all about, should we give this kind of person the Heisman. Wow, guilty without a trial or what. Taking a crap on a guy without any proof of any wrongdoing is just crappy in every way from these reporters to the voters. But of course in the reporters defense, it's not there job to report the truth, it's there job to create turmoil with there words. Isn't it Dodd? Which is why the voters are taking a crap on him.




Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 2:39 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

Why are people bringing Perrilloux into the argument.  His situation was nothing close to the Newton situation.  The worst things Ryan did was try and sneak into a casino and smoke a lot of dope.  His eligibility was never in question with the NCAA.  He was never accused of taking money from anyone.  Of course, he was never going to be a heisman candidate either. 



Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

Amen,  Auburn has been throught he inquisition before and, from past experience, doesn't want to go there again.

We are the Auburn Nation and we protect our own.  On the field (like Nick Fairley) and off like with Cam.  The truth will come out and the truest of Auburn Fans will be rewarded for the faith that we have given Cam.

As far as the "Georgia Nation" can be held in such high esteeme, ask some of those coaches (Stacy Searels and Rodney Gardner both AU '90) where they learned their trade???   HMMMM maybe they don't want to admit that the last Auburn coach that got our football team put on probation was the man that taught them their trade! 

War Cam Eagle!



Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

I admit Perrilloux was in the same category as Cam, but you notice that LSU cut him when faced with the facts.
We didn't hold out to the bitter end! When you make a mistake you admit it and move on.

 All Auburn is doing is denying the facts just like Father Newton who said"we're taking a defensive posture right now"
when confronted with allegations. Denying guilt doesn't make it truth!



Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:57 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

THEY (auburn coaches) need to sit this kid down and find out what happened right now.

if there is any chance he is guilty, he has to sit. if they don't do something, the hammer will drop
and it will drop hard. May not be this year. It may be 5 years from now. But it will happen and when it does
they could be crippled for years. Why risk a USC situation?



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:35 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

Cougar fan...Reggie Bush accepted a payment from an agent, not USC, if I am not mistaken. What's happening at Auburn is different. The accusations are that Auburn might have paid Newton to get him to come to Auburn...different scenario.

And as far as the compliance director knowing or not knowing...you don't think that everyone knows everything? He just kicked two kids off of the basketball team for inappropriate behavior that was not in compliance with the university. And before you say that Cameron Newton is a much bigger name than two high school basektball recruits...when this all went down, January, no one knew anything about Cameron Newton or how good he was going to be. If he boots two basketball recruits, why would he keep a football recruit., especially considering the importance of the fotball program over the basketball program?

Believe me when I say that, while it might take a little time, this will all go away and Auburn will have done nothing wrong. Give it time...



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:07 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

Alabama and Auburn are always cheating in football.  They'll do anything in that backward state to win. 



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Key figures in Newton case talking to NCAA, FBI?

Hey Schuls Tigers ... in your own words, "Does it make any sense that Auburn, (I mean USC) would knowingly, play this kid (I mean Reggie Bush) during an investigation and put the entire Auburn (I mean USC) football program in jeopardy, just to win games that they will have to probably forfeit anyway?"

Probably makes no sense, but obviously many have decided that it may well be worth the effort! 

What do they say routinely down there is SEC country?  If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying!  Every once in awhile a rat gets caught in the trap and pays dearly for eating forbidden cheese!

In most cases where there is smoke, there is fire ... Newton's old man looks to have pimped out his kid and your War Eagles may very well have taken the bait.  You do the crime, you do the time!



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