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Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:51 pm
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One or the other is going to happen Saturday at the SEC championship game.

Cam Newton has not been available to the media for the past two games against Georgia and Alabama. That will be an issue this week in the SEC championship game. As you can see from the language below, all players and coaches must be made available to the media in an open lockerroom after the game or a school risks being fined.

I believe Auburn will take the hit. Why change now when the punishment is, say, $10,000? Joe Paterno absorbed a $15,000 fine a couple of years ago in the Rose Bowl when he didn't open his lockerroom.

I was at the Georgia game. I don't believe this is Auburn's decision. I think the school has been told by the NCAA and/or the FBI to clam up. They don't want the media to have the opportunity to ask Cam pointed questions.

If Auburn wins, the next issue will be with the Fiesta Bowl and BCS. There are similar rules for the BCS title game that require coaches and players to show up for scheduled interviews. This time it won't be just game night, it will be 10 or so days leading up to the game. That's a long time to keep a guy silent, and only adds to the doubt over Cam's innocence.

Anyway, here's the postgame language from the SEC:


 “All coaches and student athletes from each team shall be available for interviews after a 10 minute cooling off period. The timetable for the cooling off period begins when the head coach enters the dressing room immediately after the game. Following the cooling off period, each locker room will be open to the media for approximately 30 minutes. The head coach must proceed directly to the dressing room after the game unless requested to remain for a short interview (not to exceed four minutes) by CBS TV. The players must be available to the media for at least 30 minutes after the 10 minute cooling off period has expired. No more than four players will be brought outside of their respective locker rooms for easier media access. Equal access for all reporters, regardless of gender, must be provided.

                The post game media conference format shall specify that the losing coach shall be scheduled in the interview room first, followed by the winning coach. The interview with the losing coach should not exceed 10 minutes. The game’s MVP will also be on the podium with his coach during the post-game media conference time.  Regardless of any personal regular season radio or television contracts, the coach is first obligated to the entire media staffing the championship game and must report to the interview room immediately after the 10 minute cooling off period. The coach cannot delay a post game interview with the covering media to conduct a program for a single radio, newspaper, or television reporter unless requested to grant a short interview (not to exceed four minutes) by the television network that has purchased the rights to the championship game. After fulfilling the commitment to the entire media covering the game, the coach and players may participate in special interviews.

                Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may subject the coach and/or the institution to a fine by the Commissioner.”
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Comments

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:25 pm
 

Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

Excuse me....I meant to say I bet you don't even KNOW that off the field..... 



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:23 pm
 

Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

uradufuss....you are the most ignorant dumbass redneck I've seen yet on this sight!! If you check the public record you would know he was cleared on the laptop charges and he didn't steal it you dumbass he bought a stolen one!! Get your facts straight you retard! You just wish you had a player on your team with a fraction of his talents. I bet you don't even that off the field Cam is a great person who volunteers at one of the grade schools in Auburn for under privileged children. BTW, you can't have tax evasion if there has been no money taken. Where in the hell did you get your degree from because your just plain STUPID!!



Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:14 am
 

Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

This issue is becoming a joke!  The NCAA announcement of Cam Newton's reinstatement after Aubrun had very quietly ruled him ineligible smells of money.  The NCAA never makes these kinds of rulings this quickly, especially when it involves such a high profile player and a team that is in the position that Auburn is in.

The NCAA and the BCS are most likely behind this move.  Without an extensive investigation how can the NCAA say that Cam Newton had no knowledge of what his father was doing?  Also, wihtout further digging, what is the situation regarding the academics at the University of Florida?  If he did cheat as has been reported and was about to be suspended for those violations, he should not have been eligible to play football at Blinn Junior College without making up some course work and thus pushing back his ultimate move back to a Division 1 (FBS) school.

Auburn University may be handling this in the correct way if they are truly without any fault in the situation, but they do so at the risk of having the whole thing come back to haunt them should an investigation prove that Cam Newton should not have been eligible to play this season due to either the academic issues or the play-for-pay scheme that his father and a Mississippis State booster have admited to.

I do think that Cam Newton is the best player in college football this season and Auburn deserves to be in the position they are dur to their play on the field, but as I have stated above, should the investigation prove otherwise, we will look back at this and realize the corruption of the NCAA and the BCS. 



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:38 am
 

Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

I say pay the fine and keep him away from a bunch of reporters who just want to crucify him for the sake of a story.  Auburn has done a great job at handling the press who is just begging for a sound byte.  Don't give in. 

This is exactly Dodd's point here and the reason why I said that anybody getting mad about this particular article is an idiot.  I'm not saying that Dodd is or is not supporting Auburn overall, but rather stating that Auburn might as well take the comparatively small fine in order to keep Cam Newton away from the media - especially after the news that broke today.  It's nice to see that there is at least one sensible Auburn fan on these boards.  This is practically a summation of my earlier argument and that fact that I was subsequently lambasted by Auburn fans is laughable, although not surprising.

In regards to the two posts directed at me I have this to say:  I wear my Bama shirt with as much pride as I take in the two degrees I received from the University of Alabama (I currently reside in Tuscaloosa as my wife finishes her degree).  Also, I care about this whole situation because it has to do with not only a prominent university in my state, but also the fact that I'm a fan of college football and this affects ALL OF US.  Furthermore, I do have a vested interest in the issue as both my younger sister and brother-in-law attend Auburn University.  I know we hate eachother Auburn fans, but that doesn't mean you have to wear orange/blue blinders on this issue.  Nine times out of 10 Dodd's articles can be a bit of a joke, but in this instance he's making an argument that Auburn fans should agree with (as stated by the above Auburn fan).



Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:51 am
 

Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

So the fact that the player , by rule, is not eligible, should not affect the Heisman Trophy ? "oh, you know...so-and-so was taking money from agents, but by gawd, he's the best player out there. Give him the trophy". Really ? Give me a break....



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 8:42 pm
 

Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

I say pay the fine and keep him away from a bunch of reporters who just want to crucify him for the sake of a story.  Auburn has done a great job at handling the press who is just begging for a sound byte.  Don't give in. 




Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 4:18 pm
 

Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

Well now that he's been cleared He'll be available.  I know you hate it,  but maybe Boise can get a real QB now and play big boy football.



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

Surfs:
The Heisman Trust never asked for Bush to give the trophy back.  He chose to do so on his own.  No matter how much junk he and his family got while he was at USC, it never improved his playing skills.  Until someone gets the award and is shown to have taken performance enhancing drugs or some real crime, I think it should go to the best player period.  Otherwise it's well he was the best, and this guy's not as good, but has a great personality....



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Either Cam is available for the press or AU fined

I don't side with Auburn on this pay for play business, but I wouldn't stick Newton out there in front of the press either. 

It would be noisy chaos, and all they would want to ask about would be the pay for play allegations, and the miraculous improvement in the Newton family business, and their small church being able to refurbish its building.  You know they won't ask about the game plan or the offense (which by the way is still not the offense Malzahn ran in high school).



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Either Cam is available or Auburn will be fined

Dodd, good article.  I think Auburn will keep him under raps and not let him talk or it'll come out that reporters won't be able to ask questions about the whole incident during the interview time.  Sad day that one of the NCAA rules that they have been so strong on now looks like something made up in the past hoping that people have morals.  The NCAA just opened it up now for parents to solicit for money for their kids play at college as long as they don't know.  I'm just shaking my head and laughing at the NCAA rules committee.  Sad!


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