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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: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 4:39 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

So in a year or five Auburn with have to forfeit all of it's wins including this seasons NC game and give back the crystall football.

Then the NCAA will award Oregon the title and give them the crystall ball.

Nice way to win a title, get beat on the field but have the NCAA tell you you won one.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 3:21 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Sooooooo... I don't think I've ever heard an answer for this question.... Can anyone educate me to the logic of how his father "The Minister" asked a less successful and less profitable Mississippi State program $180,000.00 for his son's services - of course, Cam had no knowledge of this - but said, "Oh Jebus, we love Auburn so much that we will give YOU a $180,000.00 discount"? 


Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:36 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

congrats to the SEC Networks, CBS and ESPN, for not stating this obvious fact back in December when it was announce no punishment at this time. That means they aren't done and dont want to disrupt the NCG... which means congrat Oregon in a couple years you will no longer have lost the NCG since Auburn will be giving that trophy back.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2011 1:21 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

JimFolse- I agree regarding the conference offices being situated in Bammerland ... the SEC offices should be moved to Nashville because it obviously can't & won't help Vandy anyway.

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 1:18 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

What a chicken sh!t way to get a championship. I dislike AU very much but come on La Ducks. You couldn't stop him and he was cleared to play so just deal with it. If any ruling comes down from the NCAA it will likely strip AU of all their wins this past season but won't give the NC to the Ducks.

Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2011 1:09 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

So what happens if they find auburn guilty or cam newton guilty? Does Oregon get the coaches trophy? That is all I would care about since lamichael took 3rd in Heisman voting.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:43 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

That's not all that would happen. Auburn would be bowl ineligble for at least two years, and they would lose scholarships. Is NC worth a 4 to 8 year ruin of the program? I say no. But i'm not a Auburn fan. Get the SEC offices out of Al. Go back to rotating in each state. All employees are residents of AL and pull for one or the other of the two schools. Fairness is not possible under this setup.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:41 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Jeffbear, if you were Gene Chizik you WOULD go into a recruits living room and tell him you are coming off a national championship season but if you are Nick Saban (and it is determined Auburn did indeed cheat to win) you would go into a recruits living room and exclaim how Auburn can only win by cheating.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:36 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

This does not surprise me. I don't know if this is true or not, but it is my opinion that it is suspicious that the NCAA chooses to keep this case open all this time. I think if it had been a player that was not that big of a deal, they would have been all over it and it would have been an open and shut type of case. Maybe I shouldn't feel this way, but I feel like they kept Newton playing so that their sport's ratings would continue to be elevated and money would be made. I hope not, but it seems that way. Who cares if he's declared ineligible now? You can take all the awards and championships away that you want to, but if I'm Gene Chizik and I go into that recruits living room, I'm telling him that we are coming off of a national championship season. Perception is all that matters and people will continue to perceive Auburn as the national champ years from now. It has no impact on money matters now, so I predict they will declare him ineligible.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2011 11:57 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

what a surprise, how long before they do discover new evidence, sooner than later! its over with, move on NCAA, even if you find anything, what changes? Nothing! so Auburn vacates a Title and Newton gives back a Trophy, The game was played, and Cam Newton like Reggie Bush will go to the NFL!      

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