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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: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 5:19 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

You sir, are a jackass. "Kid was dirty at Florida, that was documented"- Kid made a mistake at Florida, when no one really knows or will ever know if he actually stole anything.
"Oregon is sweet, no one is making up crazy stories about them."- They don't have to make up stories. ^^^ The afforementioned Florida situatuation with Cam is nothing compared to what his biggest Heisman competitor (LaMichael James) did last year, getting arrested for choking out his girlfriend.
"And I am not shocked this is going on in the SEC, the whole conference has always been dirty."- REALLY?
"Basically, I think Cam and his dad are pieces of sh!t."- I assume you know them both personally. Thanks for the judgement call there, Jesus.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 5:17 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Here's the thing.... as a Gator fan i hate seeing Tebows backup undefeated and the other guy, Brantley, not so much lol. It's funny that the school in question is Mississippi State though. Mullen, a big recruitor for us/ O.C., being their head coach many people assumed when Cam was done in Jax that he would then head to be a Bulldog for his old coach and recruitor. Cam though spurns the school and his old coach, who recruited him heavily, to join Auburn instead. Maybe it was a better team, sure was, and situation for him. To say a better "financial" situation for him is incorrect in my own opinion. He messed up pretty bad at UF and I don't think the kid dumb enough to screw up worse then he already did. With the FBI now getting involved if there is a money trail I am sure they will find it but I'd rather think he is innocent till proven guilty. Till then I think it's just some Miss State fans/ former players/ boosters feeling like they lost out on the next big college QB, a national championship, and a Heisman. If what I think is right then Miss State should be ashamed of themselves of dragging a poor kid through the mud, hurting his reputation and achievments he could get on the sweat of his own brow and back.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 5:03 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

diamond16, I am an Alabama fan. I also live in Alabama.

I will tell you this unequivocally; Alabama fans want Cam Newton to play in the Iron Bowl. Win or lose, the last thing Tide fans want is for Auburn to have an excuse if the Tide prevails in a game where Newton is absent, because that is how the game will be remembered. Far better that Auburn be at full strength with their Heisman candidate, if the Tide is to end the Tigers' dreams of a national championship.
But with the maelstrom circling around the Plains right now, let's first see what happens vs. Georgia tomorrow.



Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 5:01 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

miss. st. is required by ncaa bylaws to respond IMMEDIATLY,  to any misconduct by a prospective student athlete, and yet they continued to recruit cam and did not respond until after cam committed to au. then did a shoddy job of responding, until they could get their idiots on the same page, and they still!!!! can't get their stories straight. au may forfeit games but miss stake is in DEEP  trouble. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Actually, I'm a huge Buckeye fan. Could care less who wins it all because we can't. I'm just sick and tired of athletes thinking they deserve extra money. I was a f**king honors student in college...why don't I get extra benefits. I excelled in the classroom. I was happy with my free tuition. I love the game of football, but the greed is just out of control. Kids these days are so entitled, you gotta earn it based on your body of work, not your god potential. Jesus...


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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

, you must be an Al;abama fan as they would love to do nothing but push to get him suspended so he will not play against them. Thats the only way the mediocre Tide fans can salvage their season. Its pure jealousy on someones part as to why they are making this a big deal now and not 2 years ago when this kind of stuff started coming out! Give me a break!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 4:39 pm
 

Cameron Newton's eligibility issues

Basically, I think Cam and his dad are pieces of sh!t. Where there's smoke, there's fire...period. Kid was dirty at Florida, that was documented, why on earth would this story shock so many people. I love this conspiracy theory too, like people are out to get Auburn because they are good. Oregon is sweet, no one is making up crazy stories about them. I am soooooooo sick and tired of athletes thinking they are entitled to extra benefits. Nobody else in college gets them, why in the f**k should you get them. And I am not shocked this is going on in the SEC, the whole conference has always been dirty.


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