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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: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2011 9:22 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Welcome to the good ole boy sec. Is anyone surprised by this. Urban Meyer gave an interesting interview on sports radio in Indianapolis the other day, he didn't go into specifics but I have a feeling he is referring to some programs geographically close to him.



Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 9:03 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

I have to admit the whole Cam Newton saga really bugs me. Why? One question I have never seen or heard answered....Cam wanted to go to Miss State; his father said no you are going to Auburn...What was the reason he gave his son for telling him Auburn was a better choice and don't even suggest academics because we all know that wasnt even a consideration. Also, even Auburn fans have to admit it is a little suspicious that the very day daddy newton's church was due to shut down his son signed with Auburn...suddenly the money appears to bail daddy out? Really? Connect the dots...I am not sure we will ever know for sure because whomever was involved covered their money trails. How low can you sink as a father selling your son to the highest bidder....and he will be the one standing in line for a handout from his son when he starts playing in the NFL...and a preacher too?

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 8:59 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

The on-going Newton Investigation is pretty much Old News now.  Everybody knows who the best team in the country is (Auburn), regardless of the final outcome of all this.  USC will always be remembered as a very dominate team in 2004 and the National Champs, for that matter.  The only thing that really upsets me about all of this is that the 2004 Auburn team didn't have a chance to play USC for the BCS title that season.  How the sorry Sooners were picked over Auburn to play USC for the BCS title still confuses me and pisses me off.  The 2004 Auburn Tigers would have, at least, given the Trojans (and Reggie Bush)a run for their money.  Oklahoma didn't even show up.  

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 7:31 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Cecil Newton admits to negotiating a deal to send his son to MSU for $180,000.  He then tells his son that he is going to Auburn.I don't claim to be an NCAA investigator, because we know that they always get it right (ha ha),but common sense tells me that he got a better deal at AU and nobody has been able to connect the dots.  YET!

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:48 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Cam will have to return the Heisman volantarily just like Bush did. UA and Miss St are not out of the woods yet not only is the NCAA investigating but so  is the FBI. After all is said and done AU will have to vacate the Coaches Trophy and NO winner will be of record for this year. IMO Oregon would turndown the championship if offered (which it won't be). Kelly seem like a classy guy and wouldn't want a tarnished trophy with an astrisk next to their name.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:27 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

lol, can't edit, and they took out the strike-through.  Forget the 'me' in the last sentence below.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:25 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

So.. according to some posters, no news means that AU cheated (umm... recall that it was MSU in the scandal), and that the trophy is going back?

lol... okay then, makes perfect sense to me you.

Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:14 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open


Do you have evidence that Auburn cheated? because if you do then you should come forward with it... and if you dont then you should stop thinking that you know better than the NCAA

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:07 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

@tw200... are you serious?  Or just seriously jaded?  If you cheat to win... you didn't actually win.  That's it.  That's all.

There are seemingly A LOT of people on these blogs that praise the ideologies of "if you cheat but don't get caught its okay," or "that everyone else is doing it so why shoudn't I" or that "the ends ALWAYS justify the means".  Those mindsets are not only horribly immature, they are just plain dirty.

Btw, learn to spell "crystal."  At least that way someone may mistake your silly comments as semi-intelligent.

Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:51 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

are you dumb? retorical question... you obviously are dumb... who was award the national championship the year the USC got stripped? correct answer: no one... it was just vacated... also, Auburn will not be stripped of the national title and cam will not be stripped of the heisman... people comparing this to the reggie bush situation are dumb... has any credible source even suggested that the newtons recieved money from anyone? no... the NCAA has alrady decided that cecil did try to get money, and they cleared cam to play... they can't go back now and say that he was ineligible unless they find evidence of money having changed hands... which they will not find because if money did change hands you would already have people coming out and making more specific alligations other than, "if cecil triend to get money from mss. state, then auburn must have paind him... we dont know who paid him, but someone must have"

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