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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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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:47 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Until you have physical evidence of wrong doing, let this kid play football and leave him alone!

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:33 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Dodd is a Chum fisher, nothing more.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:27 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Whip out the evidence for this statement.  This issue concerns money not education.  I dont know why u brought this up at all

Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:20 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Ashley is obviously not an Auburn fan but someone who created an avatar to hate on Auburn and apparently has no soul.

Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:16 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

I'm old too, but not uninformed. 
Cam Newton was not expelled from Florida.  He received no reprimand at all from Florida for these alleged cheating incidents that occurred over two years ago.  If action should have been taken, Florida should have done it then. They did not.  
Records of these incidents, if they occurred, are confidential.  If the reports are true, then they were leaked illegally, now, two years later.  How would Auburn's Director of Admissions have known of them at the time of Cam's admission to Auburn? 

At the end of the day, there may be plenty of guilt to be spread around.  Sad that so many feel the need to do it now while knowing nothing.  Many people will not let their ignorance of a subject get in the way of them expressing an opinion with great certainty and conviction.

Yes, I am biased. I'm a life long Auburn fan. And no matter what, I will still be one when this is all over.  All we can do is support our team and hope for the best.  If Cam's dad did stuff with MSU and that affects Cam's eligibilty that's sad.  If any evidence of Auburn being involved appears, that will be heart breaking; but I will not think it or believe it until I see it.


Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:53 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

From the Aubun side, if Cam is ruled ineligible at some point, they will forfeit all of the games in which he played.  If hs is not ruled ineligible later but sits now, then they likely lose a couple games.  So, what do they have to lose to roll dice and ride the Newton to the Nat Champ game?  Me thinks nothing. 

Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:50 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

I'm obviously a Auburn fan. I just have to get a few thoughts out. The computer deal and cheating at Flordia everybody knew about 3 years ago. Everybody has said this is Newton's second chance or last chance. So in my opion leave this out of the witch hunt. To the money part of it. Like I said I am a huge Auburn fan, but I believe if Cam took money or had knowledge of his father trying to get paid for Cam he should be ineligibil. The thing is that this just all really has funny timing. The number 2 team in the nation plus a heisman hopeful equals jealousy. My question is what happens if all the issues turn out to be false. A hesiman trophy lost off false rumors. The damage to Cams heisman hopes has already been done. A chance at a nation championship could also be lost. There is no way Cam or the entire team can be focused on football.  I'm just saying nothing has been proven and if all this turns out to just be rumors somebody has a lot of explaining to do. I just question the timing of all this why was this not coming out of the wood work when there was no hesiman talk and no national championship talk??????

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:48 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

I would be amazed if Auburn was playing with fire.   Auburn has had every attorney in the University read the by-laws and interpret them.  If Auburn thinks Newton can play, he will play and Auburn will have its tail covered.   Auburn should be more concerned about winning on Saturday than this story.  If the NCAA has not acted yet, then keep going.  Auburn has the NCAA's blessing at this point.  Until the NCAA says otherwise, there is no reason to hold out Newton.

I think the "lost paperwork" will be found after the BCS and there will be some work around this problem.

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:46 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Horse $%^&. Cam Newton is as responsible for his actions as you and I. If I cheat, then it is my problem, not my 3rd grade teacher's. Same with Can Newton.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:37 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

The BIGGEST PROBLEM with the Cam Newton saga is the utter failure of the education system from kindergarden thru high school.  Cam Newton obviously got a free pass from teachers probably because of his athletic abilities, his engaging smile, and his fathers preceived status in the community; there may be other reasons.  Cam Newton wasn't prepared for university education  

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