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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: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:26 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Why should a player get in trouble for some he did not do.  His father is the one who this story involves. Cecil Newton supposedly is the person who was asking for cash for his son to go to Mississippi ST.  How can Cam be blamed for something he did not do?

Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:07 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

since when is playing for players not cool??  What a joke..

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:01 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

He may not have been expelled for cheating (only because he quit the school before they could), but he still cheated.  That is not in question.

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:59 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

He left Florida and transferred to a JC before he went through the expulsion procedings.  Hence, he was not disciplined by the University.

With that said, he should not be in the Heisman trophy discussion as part of the award is based on integrity which he has been found lacking.

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:59 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Cam Newton was never expelled for academic cheating bud. Might wana get your facts straight before you make ignorant posts.

Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:36 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

I am old and may be old fashioned, but much of this discussion misses the point that Cam Newton should not be in college in the first place.  After being expelled from the University of Florida for three episodes of academic cheating, he should not have been accepted to any accredited college.

The guilty party is not the Auburn Athletic Director, it is the Auburn Director of Admissions.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:24 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

I'm guessing they had proof then, don't think anyone has seen any proof on this as of yet. Mostly just Miss St scumbags making statements that change every few days...

Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:01 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Thank You!!!  When we beat them down we want the credit for it! Newton is a kid but daddy is a money hungry joke.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 6:59 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

I think back, several years ago, when the Wisconsin footabll team had like 20 players (or so?) who were suspended for one game by the NCAA, because they accepted discounts on their shoes from a store in Black Earth, Wisconsin? They did not get the shoes for free, they just got discounts...!  If the NCAA can act on something like that, then please tell me why they cannot do something here?  The answer is, they can, if the want to --they just don't want to, here, for some damn reason.  How can that be fair?  If this were a player at Wisconsin, he would be boiled in oil by the NCAA, I guarantee it!  But it is Auburn, the current #1 (that is also a joke) so they will not act on it?

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 6:53 pm

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

From the report:
PORTLAND, Ore. -- running back , one of the top freshmen in the nation, was arrested on domestic violence charges after his girlfriend said he grabbed her neck during an argument and pushed her to the ground

She went to the house to talk to him and during that conversation there was an altercation," Borchers told's Ted Miller. "According to [the alleged victim], he placed his hands on her throat and applied pressure, resulting in a strangulation charge. Also during the altercation she was apparently forced to the ground or knocked to the ground and sustained some abrasions."

Your right he didnt choke her out, and a Duck would now how to CHOKE

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