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Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: February 9, 2011 11:00 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

What does it take to win a national championship? In order to keep preserve Cam Newton's eligibility, Auburn University was willing to shell out six figures.

The Birmingham News reported Wednesday that Auburn has spent approximately $170,000 in attorney fees during the ongoing Cam Newton NCAA investigation. Lightfoot, Franklin, White LLC, the school's Birmingham-based legal counsel has once again pulled in the big bucks defending a high profile NCAA investigation.

Michigan paid the same firm $600,000 during its recent infractions case, and Connecticut paid $338,000 over 12 months during the investigation of the Huskies basketball program.

As the report details, spending such a large amount of money for legal counsel is not unusual with such a high profile investigation. After all, Auburn was competing for a national championship - a reward that holds no price tag in the hearts of Tiger fans.

However, if you are measuring dollar amounts against each other, it should be noted that Auburn's need for legal assistance is likely far from complete. The NCAA has issued no ruling to completely close the Newton case at Auburn. Some would assume with Newton gone, the trouble would go away. But after a Heisman Trophy and National Championship, this story isn't fading away any time soon.


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 9:33 am

Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

t is money well spent,Auburn hasnt recieved any letter of inquiry from the NCAA fact is MSU is the only institution that has been looked at.The only investigation looming is hearing bama fans that know someone who goes to church with someone who knows someone else that heard that the fbi has something on the Newtons.The facts are different,the fbi isnt looking at Auburn for anything,they are investigating a Auburn alum for a whole other matter and the ncaa has NO evidence of Auburn doing anything against the rules.

I don't know what Auburn fans are whining about.  They obviously knew the guy was ethically challenged, if not criminal when they took him in.  The evidently made a calculated decision that his athletic ability and the temporary titles were worth the cost of doing business.  Listen, if he wasn't a basket case, we wouldn't have suspended him and allowed him to transfer to avoid expulsion.  I mean, what do you expect when you turn your team over to a QB who is a known thief and liar? 

"I want a title, and I want it now...."  Well, get ready to pay the next several years for it. 

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 9:01 am

Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

How thick are the rose colored glasses through which you see?  Auburn and the NCAA played a whole lot of footsy under the table to allow Cam Newton to continue playing when he should have been suspended for many games, including the National Championship game, as well as the SEC title game.

Cam and his family have made it well known how close knit this family is and how important family is to them.  Now either that is a whole bunch of hog wash or the NCAA finding that Cam knew nothing of his father's doings is a whole bunch of hog wash.  Which is it?  Yes, Cam Newton has a questionable past, not had, it is still there and it is not over yet.

The circumstances surrounding his departure from Florida have been brushed under the rug.  Academic ineligibility should have followed him to his new school, but putting him into a JC seems to have taken care of that.  The issue with the stolen laptop is still on his record and he may have paid his debt to society on that charge, but it does not take away the facts of the case.

Cam may very well be a nice guy, but he would not be ther first nice guy that has huge skeletons in his closet.  It remains to be seen if Auburn was guilty of any recruiting violations in the recruitment of Cam Newton, but it should be painfully obvious that Auburn had a hand in the shady dealings with the NCAA that kept him on the field.  That only set the precedent for the NCAA to allow the Ohio State Five to play in their bowl game.

What a joke this NCAA has become.  Throwing the book at certain violations and then slapping the hand on others.  Trying to use the old addage "in the best interest of the student-athlete" as their directive when the only consideration is the money.  Where is the outrage that Auburn, Ohio State and the NCAA used each of these student-athletes for the money.  Immediate in the case of a few key individuals affilliated with the bowl games and that network of cronies, along with the long term gains of network monies flowing to the NCAA and the top schools through their TV contracts.

You can not tell me that a Sugar Bowl without Terelle Pryor and the other key Buckeye players would have had the appeal that it did with them playing, affecting the ratings, which means dollars.  Also the National Championship game would have been much less appealing without Cam Newton in the mix.  How many people would have given Auburn any chance to win without Newton?

What a total farce the NCAA has become and it is not over for Cam Newton, just look at the Reggie Bush case! 

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:25 am

Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

ARTISATOLL, don't fool yourself. Look at every poster on this thread and I bet you Bama fans don't make up more than 10% of them. Face it, the whole country calls you idiots cheaters and fakes. So quit using the jealous Bama fan thing as making all this up. Evidentally you didn't read the whole story this thread is about, because the investigation is far from over, and yes it involves the cow college you call home.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:03 am
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Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:54 pm

Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

class act?

Jumps into stands while game is still playing, has sideline interviews while game is still playing, costs University over 100k in legal fees, investigation will eventually recognize the "rebuilding" of his fathers church by Auburn.

Interesting standards.

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:52 pm

Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

If a university is spending dollars to clear an alleged innocent athlete why should he still be considered an amateur ?

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:31 pm

Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

The 170k is awfully close to the 180k Cecil was asking. Was the firm alternately named "Cecil Newton LLC"?

My thoughts exactly. Cecil will be back to get his 10 grand. Believe it!

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:25 pm

Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

The Heisman is given and taken by the New York Athletic Club - no NCAA rules or affiliation.

In fact the Club is who use to run the NIT and suited the NCAA.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:14 pm

Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

Lots of haters on this thread.  The bammers are the funniest - any way that you want to spin it: you still got beat at home in front of a 100K plus crowd while showing no class & can't admit it - the excuses keep getting better and better.  (we also won a National Championship while not on probation which Bama can't say about the '09 team) 

AU has done nothing wrong in their recruitment of Cam & every sports journalist investing the story can attest to that and much more than $170K was spent investigating Cam this year. (there were no violations committed by Auburn).  If money exchanged hands there would be a trail & this was the biggest media frenzy ever to hit college football & still Auburn did nothing wrong and Cam came to Auburn to win a National Championship.

Now all the haters - say it with me: Auburn did not commit any violations in the recruitment of Cam (it's especially hard for the UAT guys - mainly because reading isn't their strong point). 

Cam had a questionable past but has been nothing but a class act since he stepped on the AU campus.  I truly believe that Auburn helped him as much as he help us.


Since: Jan 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:53 pm

Auburn spent $170k on legal fees for Newton case

Might as well give back the BCS Trophy now, CHEATERS!!!

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