Three questions I have after reading the Foxsports.com story on Cam Newton's alleged academic misconduct at Florida ..
1. Is what Newton allegedly did considered academic fraud in the NCAA's eyes.
Answer: It could be. According to a veteran school compliance director, "the definition and application of academic fraud in this area is open to interpretation by the NCAA. If they held the line, then they would say, 'yes' to your question."
The compliance person pointed out a potential key ingredient to this case. Let's say the class(es) Newton allegedly cheated allowed him to become/stay eligible at Florida. The school might have a problem. Also, if he did cheat and receive illicit credit then Newton supposedly could have competed while ineligible. Ask USC what that means.
The significance of my question is academic fraud is considered one of the worst violations in the eyes of the NCAA. We're talking potential major violations if the NCAA is interested in going into Florida to flesh this out. Which leads to my next question ...
2. Would the NCAA be interested in this case if Newton is now eligible at Auburn?
Answer: Maybe. "The question is, was he certified to be eligible to compete by using any of the credits from classes he [allegedly] cheated in [at UF] and did they transfer and were they used to get him his [junior-college degree]?"
3. According to this story is anything proven? Newton was supposed to appear in the front of the Florida's Student Conduct Committee but it seems that no convictions were handed down.
Answer: Not sure. " ... someone better be real careful about this because there are [federal privacy laws] that they are skating around ... Whoever leaked or brought this information forward better not have worked at any of the universities or colleges he [Newton] was at, because without [Newton's] permission they can't speak about it. Educational records are protected and the Newtons may have a case against someone.
"Auburn will need to review his transcripts and deal with the NCAA on this and present the case."