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It's on Auburn now whether to play Newton today

Posted on: November 13, 2010 10:14 am
 

The clock has seemingly started on Auburn.

No more 10-month old reports. No more Mississippi State. The decision for Auburn to play Cam Newton going forward starts right now.  If an Atlanta television report is true, Cecil Newton has copped to "the possibility of under-the-table" solicitation of money for his son's services at Mississippi State. However -- and this is suspiciously important -- Cecil Newton says neither his wife or son knew and no money changed hands. Auburn, the report says, did not know about the "money discussions."


At first glance this clears Cam Newton to play going forward. Anything but if you read my analysis of the NCAA rules on Friday. The NCAA says a solicitation of money for a prospective student-athlete renders him ineligible and follows him to whatever school he attends -- "generally speaking" according to an NCAA spokesman.

That's probably why you heard a no comment out of Auburn AD Jay Jacobs Friday night when asked if Newton would play. We now have three sources and Cecil Newton himself saying there was a cash offer at Mississippi State. That means an NCAA violation has occurred. Now it's up to Auburn to decide whether playing Newton will be a violation. It is likely seeking an interpretation from the NCAA. The association may render an opinion but it won't be hard and fast. Remember, this is an active investigation. There could be more information coming forward.

So this is it for Auburn if the above report is true: Play Newton and take its chances on a magic season being wiped from the books, or sit him while his eligibility is determined. 

There is nothing at stake except Newton's career, the Heisman, the SEC West, the SEC and the national championship.

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:07 pm
 

It's on Auburn now whether to play Newton today

175, if you were a competent AD, you would know that if any classroom cheating did go on at Floriday in 2007-8, it would have ZERO to do with Cam Newton's eligibility as a student or as an athlete at Auburn University. There was no record at Florida of any cheating by Cam Newton according to Florida officials. I was a high school AD before I retired, so please do not post that you are an AD. You discredit the profession with your lack of knowledge.



Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:01 pm
 

It's on Auburn now whether to play Newton today

Dennis, your analysis on NCAA rules is about as bogus as your analysis on the Cam Newton attack.



check out this url. It will show you how to do real research. Apparently you need some lessons. Your Bull S--- innuendos and emotional opinions need some help. Good luck. However, my guess is that you would rather have people think you know something when you don't. So you will more than likely just delete this comment with the others who are on to you.



Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:55 pm
 

It's on Auburn now whether to play Newton today

umm, the cheating has nothing to do with anything.  By the way, the Foxsports.com report that "he was on the verge of expulsion" was proven to be inaccurate.  The academic committee that supposedly "had a meeting scheduled in the Spring of 2009" said they never received any report of Cam cheating.  The cheating is the least of our worries.  The fact that he may or may not have cheated 2 years ago at a different school means nothing.  The money situation is the only possible way we could lose our season.  



Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:27 pm
 

It's on Auburn now whether to play Newton today

This is not the only thing Auburn needs to worry about.  The cheating scandle at Flordia will follow him as well to Auburn.  This is really important for Auburn to decide his fate.  Because as a AD I'm more concerned now that the cheating has more teeth and this seems to be the major reason why he left Flordia.  Because of an expulision would end this season as well.  I want to give him the doubt on the money, but the cheating if it is true to me is a lot worst.  Now will the NCAA audit all of his classes?



Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 1:21 pm
 

It's on Auburn now whether to play Newton today

which is why I don't understand how Auburn should be expected to sit him today.  Why would they do that now?  We've already lost this season if he's deemed ineligible anyway.  



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Strict Liability is Strict Liability

If the NCAA truly treats all teams fairly, then Auburn should be treated the same as Memphis in the Derrick Rose case.  Cam Newton should be declared ineligible and all games should be forteited.  The Strict Liabiity policy means it doesn't matter what Auburn knew or when it knew it.  The only thing that matters is that Newton's father solicited money and the athlete is then ineligible from that point forward.




Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:57 am
 

It's on Auburn now whether to play Newton today

that's what I don't understand about this.  Why would you sit him now?  If the reports are true, he's been ineligible all year, so what would sitting him now do?



Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:55 am
 

It's on Auburn now whether to play Newton today

As an Auburn fan I don't know how to feel about this.  Isn't our season already down the tubes b/c he's been playing all season?  So what's the harm in playing him now?  Nothing about his eligibility has changed this week right?  From my point of view, if the reports are true, he would have been ineligible all season, so what would sitting him now change?  Any insight would be appreciated.  



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:35 am
 

It's on Auburn now whether to play Newton today

Great summary about the dad admitting to soliciting funds and Cam telling Miss State he cant go there because his dad took money from somewhere else. According to NCAA rule this would make Cam ineligible.  The chances of Auburn having games forfeitted because Cam plays are extremly high right now.

Would fans of Auburn  want Cam to start?
I wonder what is more important to Auburn fans now.  Integrity or a National Championship attempt?



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2010 11:32 am
 

PLAY HIM!

If he is ineligible then the whole season is forfeited anyway so at this point what does it matter.  After they forfeitted the Reggie Bush games, does any one really care?  No USC won those games; we all saw them win them; no one cares waht the record book says.



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