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Mississippi State admits contacting SEC

Posted on: November 10, 2010 5:42 pm

The national Cam Newton discussion has led us this far ... We now have Mississippi State admitting it contacted the SEC in regards to "an issue" relating to Newton's recruitment.

One can only imagine was that "issue" was. We've been pulling our hair out about it since Thursday night. The release below does clear up some time line issues. For the first time we have on the record that the SEC knew about the Newton recruitment since January. 

(Released Wednesday afternoon from Mississippi State)

 Mississippi State University acknowledges that it contacted the Southeastern Conference office in January of 2010 regarding an issue relating to its recruitment of Cam Newton.

Shortly after the initial call, the SEC office requested specific information to include interviews with involved staff from MSU.

Due to MSU dealing with ongoing and time-consuming eligibility issues involving non-football matters in the winter and spring of 2010, the specific SEC request went unfulfilled.

Some additional information was provided to the SEC during July of 2010.

Once the NCAA enforcement staff became involved, Mississippi State University cooperated fully with its investigation.

MSU is confident the SEC office has managed this process consistent with its established procedures and the university is committed to the conference’s ongoing efforts to ensure compliance with SEC and NCAA rules.

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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:59 pm
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Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:31 pm

Mississippi State admits contacting SEC

The SEC got a memo from Mississippi St. in January. Newton signed with Auburn on 12-31-09. That means if his dad said it would take money to get him, he said it in November or December. It seems to me that's when the report should have been filed.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:21 pm

Mississippi State admits contacting SEC


"And I have a real problem with holding a player accountable for a father who is demanding cash."

Are you insane? You don't think a parent that control their child, tells them where they will or won't go to school, is ok to accept money and we should not hold the "kid" accountable?  So in your mind it is just fine to pimp out your children to the highest bidder? 

I don't know what the reality is in the Cam Newton story yet but with each new report, this is gaining steam and the smoke keeps getting thicker.  I do know that the initial story of the computer thieft got changed from stealing to buying.  That is a major difference so who knows what this latest spin means?  Just based on logic though, when there is this much smoke, there is usually fire. 

I, for one, am not sold on what a fine young man Cam Newton is and what a fine family he has.  Sorry, but the idea of a southern preacher getting illigal funds is not a reach in my mind.  That's pretty common.  Time will tell.


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:14 pm

Mississippi State admits contacting SEC

I remember reading where Cam said he left everything involved in his recruitment to his father.  I noted that I thought that was strange, and an Auburn fan defended Cam's position.  I did not buy it then, and I do not buy it now.  One could surely believe that Cam left it all to his father because he knew something unsavory was going on, and Cam wanted deniability.  I am not acccusing the Newtons of anything, but it sounded weird from the start.  It also looks like MSU has a mess on its hands, and Mullen could be the next Fulmer.  The statement from MSU is weak, and this does make the SEC look like we don't care much about enforcement.  If someone is dirty in all of this, then I hope they get hammered by the NCAA. 

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:02 pm

Mississippi State admits contacting SEC

Come on man. You seriously think it was just his dad and not Cam too if all of this is true. Thats a bit nieve.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 6:42 pm

Mississippi State admits contacting SEC

I doubt that there is any direct evidence of anything and we do't know what that "issue" was....And I have a real problem with holding a player accountable for a father who is demanding cash.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 6:34 pm

Mississippi State admits contacting SEC

Sadly, this tells us something about the actual state of college football today.  It's win at all costs!  Money is given out to a player, the conference is notified, and just ignores it...

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 6:32 pm

Mississippi State admits contacting SEC

This just in:  The SEC said that it did get a memo from MSU; but it was lost in a pile of other such notes, from other SEC schools, and eventually (after a few minutes) it was accidently forgotten about.  They also stated that there was nothing unusual about the memo, it was like alot of other memos, that they get all of the time. 

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 6:17 pm

Mississippi State admits contacting SEC

Ok so first, full disclosure: I'm a diehard Gator fan, so I don't really have any reason to defend a guy who had to leave Gainesville in shame.

This is what I don't understnad.

1) Cam Newton signed with Auburn in late December of 2009. If MSU had been propositioned, and they were going to report the incident, why did they do it after he signed with Auburn. My point being, if MSU was really trying to be clean, then as soon as Newton's father said it would take $$ to get Cam, why not report the issue and move on. And if that did happen, and MSU waited to report, and continued the recruting process until Cam signed with Auburn, isn't MSU guilty too?

2) Why did this get reported to the SEC. Any time there has been a complience issue, the investigation seems to have been an NCAA investigation. If MSU reported this to the SEC, why didn't they provide follow-up information, and why wasn't this forwarded to the NCAA immediatly.

3) Where is the direct evidence. Saying it was going to cost MSU money means nothing unless that incident was reported. If part of Newton's rejection notice to MSU included something like "the money was better at Auburn" then the incinuation is that Newton did recieve money at Auburn. As big as this story has blown up, I have heard nothing even indirectly that suggests Newton or his fater actually recieved money.

I'm not saying it didn't happen, I'm just saying that there are an awful lot of holes in these aligations.

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