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Interpreting possible academic fraud by C. Newton

Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:42 pm

Three questions I have after reading the 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."

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Auburn

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:53 pm

Interpreting possible academic fraud by C. Newton

He bought a stolen laptop. He didn't the steal the laptop. While we're on the topic, would you rather have a Heisman winner that bought a stolen laptop (only truth to any of these stories) or a guy that pleaded guilty to choking his girlfriend? Funny, you probably don't even know who I'm talking about. Hint: he plays RB for Oregon. 
Amazing what America has become. We used to want people to succeed -- especially kids -- but now we are trying to find a way to tear them down. This is not a characteristic that will help America prosper. Fact: this kid is the best college athlete since Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker. He is one of kind. But these days, we can't handle that. Oh no! He's TOO good to be true. It's sad, really. You're sad, Dennis. 
And I'm sad...for you.

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 5:41 pm

Interpreting possible academic fraud by C. Newton

There's no disputing the fact of the stolen laptop.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:54 pm

Interpreting possible academic fraud by C. Newton

Seriously, has nobody in the national media realized that something odd is going on.  Consider the timing, frequency, validity and range of these allegations involving Newton.  Newton was "linked" to Rogers in what appears to be a one-man scam operation involving Rogers and Miss. St, unfortunately using Newton as bait.  Now these disputed allegations about Newton at Florida come out days later after the dust has settled and inconsistencies have arisen in Bond's and Roger's stories.  Did nobody outside of the Auburn fanbase find this alarming?  Are we the only ones who think that this is fishy? 

It appears there is a great deal of effort is being put into ruining Cam Newton's reputation and/or trying to disqualify him from playing football.  Why has there not been any equal effort put forward by other members of the media to a.) verify any of the information being reported on or b.) investigate who is possibly pushing this agenda and why?

An anonymous source comes forward with these allegations and it is widely reported as fact.  Another anonymous source comes forward alleging Urban Meyer's role in this scandal, and it isn't mentioned by any of the major news outlets. 

Instead of speculating as to what will happen if these accusations are basesd in fact, why don't any of you journalists, I don't know, act like journalists?  Maybe you can make a call or two, talk to some inside sources?  Get to the bottom of something?  There's enough out there to suggest that something seriously wrong is taking place here, but I guess everyone is just too lazy to pursue that opportunity.  I guess it's easier to assume Newton is guilty than to get involved in the facts.

Since: Aug 10, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:37 pm

Interpreting possible academic fraud by C. Newton

You guys really need to leave this young man alone.  You're supposed to be respected journalist, yet you're reporting rumors.  What happened to reporting the facts?

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 3:23 pm

Interpreting possible academic fraud by C. Newton

I agree. Let us not forget that Coach Dan Mullen was Newton's position coach at Florida. If any academic misconduct occurred while he was at Florida, Mullen would have been in the loop. Yet, Newton was recruited by MSU to begin with. If Newton is in fact Satan, as Mr. Evans would have us believe...not to mention a "shaky" passer (Because everyone in the nation is except for Kellen Moore)...Mullen would never have recruited to MSU to begin with.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 3:05 pm
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