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The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:36 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 6:46 pm

INDIANAPOLIS – Cecil Newton’s flesh-peddling days are over. Or at least his sort of conduct is finally illegal in the NCAA's eyes.

The NCAA Legislative Council on Wednesday formally adopted legislation that designates any parent an “agent” who tries to sell the services of their child to an institution. Cam Newton was allowed to play, win the Heisman and win the national championship in 2010 essentially because there was no specific NCAA bylaw to govern his father’s conduct.

The NCAA admonished Cecil Newton for his action in 2010 trying to extract a reported $180,000 for his son to attend Mississippi State. Wednesday's legislation, though, came a year and a day after Cam Newton helped Auburn win that year's national championship over Oregon.

“It essentially closes the loophole,” said council chair Carolyn Campbell-McGovern here at the NCAA Convention.

It took the NCAA almost 14 months to change the language of the legislation after Cecil Newton first reportedly solicited money from Mississippi State in November 2010.

The new language now exists under Bylaw 12 in the NCAA Manual dealing with amateurism:

“ … an agent is any individual who, directly or indirectly, represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation for financial gain …”

“It was important for us to shore that up and make sure we were encompassing all individuals,” Campbell-McGovern. “It addresses not only who is covered but also the scope. Trying to do it is a crime. Not a crime, but a violation.”

Here are selected passages from the rationale portion of the bylaw:  “ … an industry of individuals has been created, including runners, financial advisors, marketing representatives, business managers, brand managers and street agents who seek to broker elite athletes for financial gain …

“ … the competitive nature of the industry has resulted in finding way to circumvent the rules. One constant is the use of outside third parties.”

Imagine that, a birth father who raised and nurtured a child, now being labeled an outside third party.



Category: NCAAF

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:57 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Sounds like a plan.  (No sports journalist in the country could produce any type of legit evidence so I'm not too worried.  And no, I do not consider Danny Sheridan to be a sports journalist)

In the meantime, steer clear of those girls with adam's apples out in Cali.  It's winter now, so if she's wearing a scarf or a turtleneck - you might need to do the "ole crocodile dundee" to double check.

Lots of those types in your neck of the woods.  Stay safe

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:57 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

When the NCAA strips Auburn of their tainted title, I'll look you up.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:47 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Quazaar - Looks like you googled Todd McNair & now seem better informed as to why the NCAA made their decision on USC than a couple of days ago.  This was a big step for you & now you probably understand why comparing the USC ruling to AU's recruitment of Cam is apples & oranges.

I agree w/ you that it sux that the NCAA took the word of a felon over McNair.  Like you stated, the NCAA didn't believe him & thought that he tried to cover up the benefits extended to Reggie (this is why the NCAA dropped the hammer - they believed members of USC's staff were involved in a cover up).  People sue for everything now days & I'm not sure that McNair will have much luck in suing the NCAA for believing someone else over him - who knows, he might win.

USC is still a solid program & they will recover.  Drink a beer, eat some chicken wings, do whatever you do for fun, & get over the NCAA ruling against USC.  It's the best advice that I can give you. 

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:04 am


You are clueless.  The NCAA never proved USC knew.  They only pulled the "USC should have known" card.  Lawsuits take a few years.  McNair will get a few million out of the NCAA.  The only "proof" the NCAA had was that McNair went to club with Bush in Spring of 05 and his wannabe agents were there.  McNair took a pic with them.  That hardly is proof of McNair knowing Bush was receiving gifts from these two.  One of the wannabe agents is even on record as saying USC didn't know about this gifts and that they kept it hush hush.  And the only phone call that transpired between the McNair and the wannabe agents happened AFTER Bush had already played his last game for USC in Jan 2006.  This phone call lasted 2 minutes.

So the NCAA based all their "evidence" on a 2 minute phone call and a picture and testimony of a convicted felon.  So how exactly does SC "cover  up" this?

Did you know the NCAA thought McNair wasn't trustworthy with his answers to this phone call and based a large part of their decision on their gut instinct?  They kept asking McNair about the Jan 2005 phone call over and over.  Only the phone call happened in 2006.  So when McNair responded that he remembered no such call, they deemed him a liar yet it was their own mistake on mixing up 2006 with 2005.  The NCAA COI had a bunch of idiots on it.  Pure and simple.

If the NCAA met a burden of proof, then McNair has no shot in his lawsuit.  McNair will win and you will realize you error.

I know 20 times the info on this case than you.  I know stuff that happened behind closed doors.  You are clueless to the Reggie Bush saga.  And once again, you are defending a school that takes sloppy seconds that was kicked out of a rival school.  You have no integrity.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:40 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted


I'm not sure how long that you have been a USC fan, but you should probably google Todd McNair - he was an assistant coach at USC.  As a part of the NCAA investigation they proved that McNair knew about the gifts given to Reggie Bush and tried to cover it up.    He then later tried to sue the NCAA (not sure if he was successful or not) stating that the NCAA had a one-sided case against him.  

It really wasn't that long ago.  Ask some of your USC friends about it. (some say that Pete Carroll also knew & that's why he bolted as soon as the investigation started to close, but I don't think that the NCAA ever proved that Carroll knew).  

Just ask some other USC fans about it - it was highly documented.  Sorry to burst your bubble  

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:28 am


How exactly did USC try to cover it up?  You can't answer that cause it didn't happen.  Yet you pulled that gem out your @ss anyways.  Reggie's family took money and USC knew nothing about it.  So how is this a cover up?

Cam knew what daddy was doing.  He should have been ineligible.  Will the NCAA ever be able to prove this?  Who knows.  But everyong knows that Cam was in complete knowledge of what was going on.  Way to turn a blind eye to this.  Of course, Auburn had no problem taking in Florida's sloppy seconds so I can't imagine they'd have any integrity whatsoever.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:03 am

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

I love the USC & OSU fans on this thread.  You kiddos crack me up, but I understand that you are upset at the NCAA.

The NCAA made the ruling on Cam last year before the NC game & they close the loophole regarding athletes being marketed without their knowledge.  Comparing USC & OSU to AU is apples and oranges (it was proven that money exchanged hands at the two forementioned schools & the two forementioned schools tried to cover it up).  Time to move on USC & OSU fans - greener pastures are ahead (there are no other schools w/ decent football programs in OH, so OSU should bounce back - it still blows my mind the Gordon is still your pres though.  USC was probably the best team in the Pac10 or 12 or whatever that conference out West is this year & should bounce back also)

Listed below is the ruling from the NCAA on Cam's eligibility as reported by Charles Robinson from Yahoo Sports (USC fans should recognize his name)

• Because Cam Newton ultimately chose to attend Auburn, and Cecil Newton’s solicitation involved Mississippi State, the Tigers and Cam Newton could not be held responsible because both the school and the player lacked knowledge of Cecil Newton’s actions.

• Had Cam Newton ultimately chose to attend Mississippi State, he could have faced a more lengthy suspension because of the Bulldogs’ direct awareness of Cecil Newton’s solicitation.

• If at any point the NCAA discovers evidence showing Cam Newton was aware of the solicitation involving Mississippi State, or that solicitation also took place at Auburn, the NCAA can hold both the athlete and the school responsible

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:50 pm


And Cam's Daddy ADMITTED to attempting to squeeze money out of Mississippi St.  As long as Cam knew of this he was ineligible.  So are you going to argue that Cam didn't know what daddy was doing???  Hmmmmm....are you?

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:28 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

The difference is that there was actual money changing hands at USC and a coach involved. This was proven fact. No money changed hands in the Cam Newton, MSU scandal. And Auburn was not involved in the scandal at all.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:25 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Don't be gullible. Where there's smoke, sometimes there is just a fog machine. Cam Newton never said anything like "they money is too good." That was a rumor. No one has EVER produced a witness or even a second-hand statement that he said that. The NCAA, the New York Times sports writers, and sports writers from all over investigated thoroughly. Do you think the sports writers went to all that trouble just to cover it up? Grow up. Once you get past junior high, you should be able to avoid accepting rumor as fact.

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