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Report: Newton investigation still open

Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:54 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

For Cam Newton, it's nothing but good news these days. His San Diego workout for the media drew a consensus of raves; he's projected to go to the Washington Redskins with the 10th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft  by many , if not to a different team much higher ; and he just signed what might be the richest athletic endorsement deal for a rookie in NFL history.

For the Auburn team he left behind, the news these days regarding Newton is ... mostly good. But the shadow of the NCAA investigation into his arrival on the Plains hasn't lifted just yet, according to a new column from Birmingham News writer Kevin Scarbinsky :
According to people with reason to know, the NCAA is still conducting an active investigation into Auburn's recruitment of Newton. There is an enforcement staff official assigned to the case, and that person is turning over every rock to make sure the NCAA doesn't get blindsided down the road.

Auburn fans won't like that information. Some of them won't believe it. They'll be joined in their displeasure or disbelief by fans of other schools who read this nugget: The bomb is not about to drop.

According to those same well-informed sources, the NCAA has yet to discover or uncover new information that would wipe out Auburn's national championship season.

This echoes similar statements made recently by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who said "nobody had written him a letter" saying the case had been closed or that any new information had come to light. 

Which means that for the time being, the Newton scandal remains in the same limbo in which it's been mired since Newton was ruled eligible to play in November: no evidence that Newton or his family accepted any improper benefits to come to Auburn, but still enough legwork left for the NCAA to do that anyone who says definitively that no such evidence exists is jumping the gun.

As Scarbinsky points out, the last Heisman winner to walk away with the kind of deal Newton just inked with Under Armour was Reggie Bush. If there's anything we can say with certainty about the Newton case, it's that the NCAA isn't going to let the investigative media make its compliance staff look hopelessly behind (as in the Bush case) if they can help it. If the good news for Auburn is that there's no "bomb" poised to drop, the bad news is that they likely shouldn't expect an "investigation closed" resolution to drop anytime soon.


Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2011 5:17 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Is trouble brewing?

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2011 2:53 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Of course it isn't over.  They just had to wait until the BCS championship and draft are over and then hit us with the info. Probably mid to late summer or next year at that time. 

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:44 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

ehhh DUR! 

NCAA just wanted a big ticket/huge draw for the BCS champ. game. 

anyone who thinks this kid is on the up and up is high as balls. 

can't wait to see his Wonder-lickin score. ha haa hahahaha.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:10 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

When will the FBI money laundering case against the casino owner/Auburn booster go to trial? What about the chips at the casino that
were regularly given to players and their families? How about Auburn booster Crowder's bank and the debit cards given to players and their families. This program deserves the death penalty.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2011 9:11 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

Newton investigation still open

You guys just figured that out did ya?

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2011 7:22 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

i like how they announce the case is still open. we all know the NCAA, SEC say this only to save their ass when the FBI evidence comes out. The NCAA, SEC are just as guilty if not more corrupt. It is pathetic that none of this was an issue only until the FBI made it's presence known. The only conference in college football to be able to police themselves hides the evidence and the scumbags blame Miss. St.? The only people doing what it is suppose to. Besides it does not matter if  their case  dead ends . The father already admitted guilt declairing his son not eligable to play. The rule is black and white never has it ever been an issue before If i were an SEC fan i would be pist. Telling the world that the mighty SEC last 5 NC Games are nothing they deserved. Not one team should have been in their. I certainly  do not trust the NCAA,SEC, BCS, ESPN especially Game Day with their contracts. It is all a scam and you people are buying into it. BCS is only in place to create smoke and mirrors so they can put who they want where they want.  But day after day scandal after scandal people get richer off of cheating. And these are considered GOD LOVING PEOPLE a good old Christans.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2011 12:22 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

daddy newton was reportedly asking for $180k from someone with ties to msu.  then his son signed with auburn for nothing more than a full free ride? hmm, daddy newton must have been asking for $180k in monopoly

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:50 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Of coarse it is not closed.  Based on what I've seen to this point, I don't see Auburn or Miss State too liable.  But Cecil Newton will be found guilty, and nothing aside of some bad press coverage will be done.  His son will sign a 4 to 5 year deal worth $75+ million.  While I don't think Cam is as lazy as Demarcus Russell, the result will be the same.  2 1/2 years and out.  For Cam's sake let's hope he finds an accountant more honorable than his dad and doesn't "tithe" Cecil more than 10%. 

Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:11 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

I wouldn't be surprised if espn was covering up the money trail... they are the #1 sec fan

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 9:31 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

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