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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.

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Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:28 am

Inside Cam's eligibility

Bison: Both the links you shared cite's article by Thayer Evans. You know who Thayer cited? "Unnamed sources". You know who cleared Cam's name on the matter? UF's academic board. Read some more of Mr. Evans' articles re Cam. They're slander at best. He never actually gives sources - always just "unnamed". Now go further back and look up some articles he's written before this season. All slander, all the time. Its what he's known for.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:04 am

Inside Cam's eligibility

Maybe when you Auburn fans are done, you could explain the Kennedy Assasination and Fake Moon landing to us too. 

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:02 am

Inside Cam's eligibility

OK Dude i would like to point out the truth to you for a little while longer but I have a SEC tital game to work on, think about how not let this little world cloe in on you and work on your comebacks b/c quite frankly you dudes are weak as baby poo,poo but it was fun,
jfk out

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:58 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

Cam reportedly telling a Mississippi State recruiter that "the money was too much" at Auburn?

Cam "reportedly" telling and I noticed you put 'At Auburn" outside the quote.

So we don't know that Cam said anything remotely like this except some unkown, maybe even non-existent. source claims he did, and you add "at Auburn"  Why not "at MSU".  Rodgers didn't have contacts at Auburn to exploit.  If he used all his bullets at MSU the whole deal could have died right there.  Until a former third string QB at Fl turned into something special.  Then a story to tell and money to be made, by people needing web hits.  Just Saying....

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:53 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

The NCAA does not regulate the BCS.  The NCAA did not come up with the BCS.

you are correct in both statements, but to assume the NCAA AND BCS are not "incahoots" is asinine. the NCAA does regulate EVERY BCS school and every BCS athlete.

The bottom line is no one on this site, including me, has all the facts so we need to not be so judgemental.

once again, youre right! kind of. its obvious nothing will happen until the networks, SEC, and auburn get their money. then, and only then will we be able to weigh all of the "facts". thats what stinks. we dont have the facts because they havent been paid yet. using your ch it sniffer, does this smell right? brush your teeth before you answer.

SEC BYLINE: Section dealing with Financial Aid states
"If at any time before or after matriculation in a member institution a student-athlete or any member of his/her family receives or agrees to receive, directly or indirectly, any aid or assistance beyond or in addition to that permitted by the Bylaws of this Conference (except such aid or assistance as such student-athlete may receive from those persons on whom the student is naturally or legally dependent for support), such student- athlete shall be ineligible for competition in any intercollegiate sport within the Conference for the remainder of his/her college career."

i know, this is an SEC rule. its not like the SEC and auburn are affiliated, are they?

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:51 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

This story has been more painful to watch than Auburn's offense. The entire thing smells of a money and ratings grab. Let's face it: the NFL is king in this country and everyone - including the NCAA and the media that covers it - is hot on their heels for whatever recognition, spotlight, and notoriety they can get. I'm pretty sure sCam Newton has received a few gifts every now and then, just like every other top 50 player. Why are we hearing about it? Because it makes for a compelling story, it's Heisman time, and the BCS championship is right around the corner.
None of it really matters. Next year he will go play for Buffalo or Carolina. In five years he'll be flaking out, fighting in bar bathrooms and throwing his uniform into the stands ala VY. Then he'll be joining his buddy Jamarcus in the unemployment line because, well, he's a terrible quarterback too just like his hefty counterpart from Baton Rouge. Stash away as many of those handouts as you can sCam, they will come in handy when you and JaMarcus are hitting up the 7.99 all-you-can-eat buffet at Ponderosa on Sundays, instead of calling plays in the huddle.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:48 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

Nobody likes a whiner.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:46 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

Yes, Cam's father tried to get a little payola and Cam knew nothing about it.

And I've got some land in Florida that I would like to sell you.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:45 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

well its like this, I think MSU said No to rogers and Daddy, Daddy is scared or jaded( stop acting like CAM had to know), took the better team and players with AU, So Dan and MSU say"well you win some , you lose some lets move on. SO week after week they watch Super CAM and Dan thinks, that could have been our guy, we could be the team 9 and 0, so he gets mad and finds a way to get it out there and make his team look like the good guy and cast the shadow on AU. For the most part it has worked b/c i think this crap goes on all the time and the sad part is most daddys or players take cash, BUT WE USUALY NEVER HEAR ABOUT IT B/C it like keep on the low.
The funny part is The PR for the SEC and AU is bad b/c percrption is reality
So i think it all came out of State and press piled on b/c if you think about it it is one of the biggest storys in real time.


Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:19 pm

Inside Cam's eligibility

The question is Why?  Why after weeks of denial and silence, why does Auburn suddenly declare Cam Newton ineligible?  Could it be that they knew the NCAA was going to declare him eligible?  Or could it a ploy to put the SEC and NCAA on the spot?  No Cam Newton and the SEC Championship game's TV audience drops off greatly.  And maybe the BCS Championship Game becomes Oregon vs. TCU.  It could be a good game.  Again, TV ratings would not be as good as with Cam Newton and Auburn vs Oregon.  TV sponsors would not be really excited about Oregon/TCU instead of Auburn/Oregon with CAM Newton.  So maybe, Auburn won.  I don't believe in a conspiracy because Auburn, the SEC, the NCAA, and the BCS all acted in their own best interest.  Integrity used to be a big factor in college football.  I guess now, the money is too good to refuse. 

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