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Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:33 pm
 
There are now at least three people on the record saying they have knowledge of Cecil Newton soliciting money for his son Cameron to attend Mississippi State.

There is a lot of stuff out there right now about Newton being ineligible at the moment at Auburn. Not entirely true, according to information received Friday from the NCAA.

My question to the NCAA: If a person related to a prospective student-athlete solicits money for that student-athlete at a certain school then that student-athlete is ineligible. Is that true no matter where he signs?

This e-mail came back from NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn: Generally speaking, eligibility issues are tied to the student-athlete, not the school. So if a student-athlete is ineligible at one school and then transfers to a second school, the school the student-athlete transferred to would need to seek reinstatement.

I then reiterated my question saying a "prospective" student-athlete -- in other words a recruit -- not a "transfer".

Osburn came back with: Correct.

USA Today
got much the same response when it asked a similar question of Osburn.

In Friday's editions the paper stated, "Even if Newton received no money to attend Auburn, soliciting money can be an NCAA violation jeopardizing Newton's eligibility."

To me, all this means that Cam Newton isn't a slam dunk to be found ineligible at Auburn as some seem to think at this point. It doesn't look good, I'll give you that, but consider the Albert Means case. The former five-star Memphis prospect was being shopped around by his high school coach Lynn Lang. Means committed to Alabama, but ended up playing at Memphis. I suspect the fact that it was his coach and not a family member, that was a mitigating circumstance.

In this case ...  

1) First, it has to be proven that Newton's father was asking for money at Mississippi State. We're not there yet but as mentioned, at least three folks say he did.

2) Second, it has be determined whether Cecil Newton asked anyone at Auburn for money. If he did, whether Cameron knew or not, that pretty much seals the deal.

3) If Cecil Newton didn't ask Auburn, then we're back to Osburn's "generally speaking" response that the eligibility issues would be tied to the student-athlete. In other words, Newton could be ineligible at Auburn but it is not certain.

Here is the NCAA bylaw (10.1 unethical conduct) that seems to govern this situation ...

 
Unethical conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member
(e.g., coach, professor, tutor, teaching assistant, student manager, student trainer) may include, but is not limited
to, the following: 
 
(a) Refusal to furnish information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an NCAA regulation
when requested to do so by the NCAA or the individual’s institution;
 
(b) Knowing involvement in arranging for fraudulent academic credit or false transcripts for a prospective or an
enrolled student-athlete;
 
(c) Knowing involvement in offering or providing a prospective or an enrolled student-athlete an improper inducement
or extra benefit or improper financial aid; (Revised: 1/9/96)
 
(d) Knowingly furnishing or knowingly influencing others to furnish the NCAA or the individual’s institution false or misleading information ...
 
 
Violations of 10.1 are enforced as follows:
 
10.4 Disciplinary Action
 
Prospective or enrolled student-athletes found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be ineligible
for further intercollegiate competition, subject to appeal to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement for
restoration of eligibility.




Obviously, Auburn is comfortable enough to put the quarterback on the field. Auburn coach Gene Chizik said this week that Newton will start against Georgia.

 
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Comments

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:02 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Guilty not guilty.  It doesn't matter in the end. Cam will get his money from the NFL. What's he got to loose.  Ok maybe the Heisman. That's it.  He'll be long gone when or if Auburn is on probation.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Why blame LSU. They didn't ask for money. They didn't call the NCAA, it was Miss.St. that called back in January.




Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:58 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

I agree the kid shouldnt be punished for the dad's words/actions. But sounds like the ncaa rules are opposite.  I would like to see the law changed so either 18-24 year olds are adults or not. No in the middle.



Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:45 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

If Newton didn't receive any benefits then he should be eligible to play.  He can't be held accountable for what his parents do... as a rule in our society, it's just the opposite.  Parents are accountable for their underage children.  



Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:45 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Funny how the SEC Commish says that it is an AUBURN issue not an SEC issue.  Of course he is not going to sit his cash cow and watch his conference be denied their guaranteed spot in the BS title game that they get every year.  Without Newton and playing no defense, Auburn stands no chance and the SEC Commish knows this which is why he's staying out it.  Further prooof how corrupt this conference and College Football have truly become.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:43 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Business as usual in the SEC, can't payoff the refs on this one, so let's go after the only un-defeated team in the SEC, sad, very sad state of affairs. Let's play football and forget all the BS and backstabbing that is the SEC. Who ever pulled this Sh.....t out of the bottom of the barrel should be ashamed of themselves.  My suspects, LSU, UF and the Tide, wah wah wah, they can't win it so they'll make sure no one else will. Absolutely......Piss Poor.



Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:42 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

It is possible that  Cam's dad is guilty of asking for &/or getting money. But this greedy pop's dirty deeds should not cripple Cam. The bible does say the sins of the father.... the son. Shame on Cecil Newton. He is the one that should be punished.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:20 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

All you chum feeders who are eating this BS up, just remember Dodd and chummers like him will come after your School too. There is no integrity, just a story, a click on a page, some ad revenue. That is all that matters to chummers like Dodd. Very sad...


diffendale
Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:03 pm
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Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:57 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Yeah, but we all know he bailed before it was going to happen.


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