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Inside Cam's eligibility

Posted on: December 1, 2010 4:44 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 5:20 pm

Did the NCAA do Mike Slive a favor?

Certainly, tacitly.

Start with the timing of Wednesday's announcement that Cam Newton had been reinstated by the NCAA and was eligible to play. Curiously, it came three days before the SEC championship putting a nice, neat bow on a slimy case that had been ongoing for a month. It helps everyone -- Auburn, the NCAA and the SEC -- that this case is "resolved" before the biggest TV show on the SEC calendar.

The obvious attempt at a publicity grab helps everyone who was in line to be helped. The NCAA was being criticized for dragging its feet. There was a perception that Auburn was a rogue operation. The SEC and Slive, the commissioner, was taking heat for what it knew and when in the Cam case. Mississippi State is the whistle blower. Folks were starting to write how they would not vote Newton for Heisman. CBS couldn't help but mentioning the case on its telecasts.

"Honestly, it is a major story in college football and has to be covered fully," Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, said this week.

There was, then, lingering embarrassment all around. That's why this was a bit of a grandstand move and, to me, still an unresolved case. 

"There are hundreds of cases each year where schools go to the NCAA an self-report a violation," said a source with intimate knowledge of the NCAA process. "If nobody knows about it, the NCAA reinstates the athlete and they don't make announcements. It's obviously because this was high profile and they want to try and put this thing to rest."

"It is interesting," said Doug Zeit, attorney for former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers who was part of Wednesday's NCAA statement, "[this happened] three days before the championship."

We got our Cam back. We got our villain, his father Cecil. We got our co-conspirator. The NCAA said Cecil collaborated Rogers in a "pay-for-play scenario." The NCAA doesn't actually use names but when Slive added his own admonishment we knew who everyone was talking about.

"The conduct of Cam Newton's father and the involved individual is unacceptable and has no place in the SEC or in intercollegiate athletics," Slive said.

The NCAA cited a bylaw that applied to the case (12.3.3). It states that, "Any individual, agency or organization that represents a prospective student-athlete for compensation in placing the prospective student-athlete in a collegiate institution [getting] financial aid shall be considered an agent ..."

That seems to label Cecil who now will have limited access to Auburn athletics. What that means no one seems to know. Maybe Cecil can't become a financial advisor within 100 feet of Jordan-Hare Stadium. But what about Cam reportedly telling a Mississippi State recruiter that "the money was too much" at Auburn? Wednesday's release seems to let Auburn off the hook, but you have to read between the lines. Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs said, " ... at this time we do not have sufficient evidence that Cam Newton or anyone from Auburn was aware of this activity ..." (Emphasis added).

That should tell you the case is not over, but for the purposes of Saturday's SEC championship game it's game on. As for the bowl game? Check back with the NCAA later. This story isn't going to die after Saturday.

The bylaw (12.3.3) seems to clears up the NCAA interpretation of this case. A couple of weeks ago a lot of us were breathless over the apparent NCAA bylaw that applied to this case. It turns out the case probably revealed a gap in NCAA legislation. In essence, the NCAA had to find a bylaw that best fit the "crime," -- a parent soliciting money for his son's services without the son's knowledge.

However, the NCAA concluded that neither "Newton or anyone from Auburn was aware of this activity, which led to this reinstatement."

"I think the NCAA is trying to say, 'We found a violation so we're going to put this on the father and Kenny Rogers because they were acting as agents," the source said. "The violation occurs when the prospect agrees to be represented by them. [Cam] didn't know anything about it. My argument would be there hasn't been a violation here."

On that confusing basis, Newton was allowed to regain his eligibility. It also gives the deniability excuse to any kid who is ever shopped by his parents, uncle or handler. That's why the NCAA is working hard as I type on a new bylaw to close this loophole.

This story started with Rogers who apparently will not go quietly. Rogers, who runs a scouting service in Chicago, was reported to have sought $180,000-$200,000 from Mississippi State for Cam's services. The school on Wednesday "disassociated" Rogers. However, Rogers was not found to have been a representative of the university's athletic interests in the letter sent to him by the school. So what exactly did Rogers do wrong? 

"This is like a knife in his heart," Zeit said. "This is his alma mater. For them to suggest this is beyond the pale but not surprising ... He never solicited any money. That is patently false."

Zeit said Rogers will consider his legal options including defamation suits against "media outlets" and "people from Mississippi State."

Another reason to believe this isn't over: Check this second-to-the-last sentence in Wednesday's release -- The reinstatement process is likely to conclude prior to the close of an investigation.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:38 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

nobody hates AU except maybe the bama inbreds. fact is, every other school in the country gets raked over the coals for minor infractions. this is major. his dad was offering his son to the highest bidder. this is exactly the type of situation the NCAA is supposed to prevent. they know what happened, and whether money changed hands or not, the fact that he "offered" services in exchange for money makes cam newton ineligible at EVERY SEC school regardless of what he knew. they will let him play, go to the national championship game auburn and the SEC will collect their millions...and then they will "suffer" sanctions. although it wont be cam and his father suffering, it will be the recruits of 2011, 12, 13 and beyond. enjoy that rock!

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:16 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

yea speling sucks, BUT considering this is my first day on here and you GEEKS actualy rate yourselves on this site is patetic, When you dudes get out of Mommys basement, and put away your GI joe dolls and actualy know something about the situation or collage football let me know, Now why dont you run to the adminstrator of the site and kick me out of you little DnD game,
Just remimber you are pissed cuss your team is sitting at home and you cant handle AU is rolling, Gee hope this can move up my status in the GAY ratings on your board, SORRY you cant let it go on AU haters, WDE

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:12 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

using common "cents". if cam wanted to go to MSU, what made him change his mind, curriculum?

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:06 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

OK man, I here your big "the collage world is screwed up thing" and ONLY AU fans would even dare to think that the drama is over but try this on for a second
Think about this also, why dose AU come out and look like the scum bags???  everyone in this room comes on here and says" well you know AU paid him w/o anything solid except a bunch of MSU hommers saying daddy asked for $, so everyone here says"" well AU must pay him also" BS, you can sit up were you are but I followed this deal from day one and you bitch about the NCAA all you want but this is the worst case of MEDIA SENSATIONALISM I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE, EVERY .COM IDIOT AND BLOGER HAS GOT TAKE AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY! OF THE INVESTIGATION INFO THAT THE NCAA AND THE FBI HAS. They all have unnamed sourse who will not go on record

WHO is Denial here, its like you are all sad the NCAA finaly grew a pair and made a call, LIKE WOW I GUESS AU MUST HAVE NOT PAID THE DUDE,OMG THAT CAN NOT BE TRUE

BTW The "For Now" tag is put on EVERY ruling like this and the stats show it is almost alway done deal so unless something HUGE comes out ther is not much more to talk about, Mabey , just Mabey its not how you thought it was and not as black and white as you NCAA pro's think it is

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:04 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

And by the way for everyone else, the NCAA is not affiliated with the BCS.

yeah and your moms not affiliated with your dad.

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:03 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

Seriously need to toss out whatever HS diploma you ripped off the internet or drew in crayon to impress the ladies. Any argument you make FOR Newton only drags him down further...

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:47 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

good point. so who should be NC??<br />

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:45 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

Mix in a spell check you Barntard!!

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:41 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

I simply have to address the denial-fest going on here.  There are so many ridiculous comments about Cam newton's supposed innocence it makes me sick.  College football is a festering cesspool--and the coaches, university presidents and administrators all know it, despite their feigned innocence--that needs to shed its cloak of hypocrisy.  Where to start?  The comments that Newton must be innocent because the NCAA has just said so are complete nonsense.  First, they nor the FBI judged him to be innocent, just that they couldn't find evidence of illegal payments by Auburn at this time.  Key words:  at this time.  It took several years to find the evidence of Reggie Bush's payments but he and USC were eventually found guilty.  Well forgive my skepticism, but Cam Newton is a criminal who was found guilty of three different academic violations while at Florida, and his father has already been found to have solicited money from MSU.  So, you really expect me or anyone without a bias toward Auburn or the BCS to believe that his father changed his mind and had Cam head to Auburn without any cash?  Meanwhile Auburn has refused to comment on these allegations at the same time they have barred Cecil Newton from further contact with the Auburn program.  It would appear the NCAA and BCS have effectively circled the wagons to allow their mythical championship game to occur, but most sports reporters worth their salt have already noticed the weak language of Newton's reinstatement believing the NCAA has given itself plenty of room to keep investigating and void Auburn's victories after the fact a la USC.  So despite Newton playing, we fans are still left with a dirty feeling, that we will be watching a game that will eventually be nullified and a another heisman trophy winner bound to return his trophy.  Lets call the BCS game what it is:  The Money Bowl (Sponsored by the Federal Reserve? ).  The University of Nike v. The Cam Sham.  

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:38 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

UF publicly stated he was never under acedmic probation after the cheap shot repot about his cheating on teast, as I stated earlyer he was in a bad place at UF and he is no angel but if you look at his time at AU dudes been all world on and off the field
what the hell dose him having a bad driving record have to do with integrety, of the 20 violations 15  were parking violations, how many parking tix has in there life

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