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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
Comments

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:51 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

I am incredulous that the NCAA had never previously considered that a parent would peddle their child for profit, which is probably one of the oldest traditions on earth.  Good they closed the loophole, but the one thing that continues to go through my mind is the quote from Cam Newton himself in regard to playing for Auburn rather than Mississippi State: "The money was too good".

Exactly what did Cam Newton mean by that statement?  It seems pretty obvious to me.  Good job NCAA! 



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:53 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Interesting to me how the Aubs get so bent out of shape that any talk of pay for play would even be mentioned in the same breath as their beloved institution.  However,the FACT remains that Cecil Newton admitted to shopping his son to Mississippi State.  Say what you want, but that is a fact. Class act.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:43 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

 I doubt Auburn payed him. However, he should not have been allowed to play and Auburn should have had to move on without him. I think a lot of people are pissed because they found a loop hole to actually allow him to play when he should have not been able to. I agree though, this isn't even remotely close to the Reggie Bush situation. And as much as Auburn has gotten screwed in the past not being able to make it to NC games ... it was nice to see them win it.


I can't believe that I tide fan just posted that (shows some class).  5 stars to you & congrats on the NC this year.


WDE!



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:40 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

He should not have allowed to play in the bowl last year, just like the guys from The Ohio State University, All were allowed to play in the bowl game last year and even this year.  NCAA is punishing kids that were NOT involved



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:27 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

It's really quite obvious...........Jealousy and envy.
 I doubt Auburn payed him. However, he should not have been allowed to play and Auburn should have had to move on without him. I think a lot of people are pissed because they found a loop hole to actually allow him to play when he should have not been able to. I agree though, this isn't even remotely close to the Reggie Bush situation. And as much as Auburn has gotten screwed in the past not being able to make it to NC games ... it was nice to see them win it.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:05 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

@a4evertrojan -
Reggie Bush committed NCAA violations.......a bunch of them.  He and his family RECEIVED benefits that violated NCAA rules.  This was proven during the NCAA investigation.  It's been said over and over that Auburn wasn't in violation of any NCAA rule and neither was Cam Newton.  This was the finding after the 13 month NCAA investigation.  It was also documented that the Newtons never received ANYTHING from Auburn.  To suggest that ex post facto punishments should be handed out for vioations of an amended rule, that occured prior to the change, is embarrassingly idiotic.
There are so many obvious differences between the Reggie Bush and Cam Newton situations.  The circumstances are glaringly different.  Your pathetic blather suggests an immense level of ignorance.  Further, your comments reflect poorly on the Trojan Nation and indicate an aire of bitterness (which I do not believe are shared by other Trojan fans).  Don't be bitter....life is way too short.
War CAM Eagle!




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:15 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Thank God punishment in this country is never doled out on assumption.  "If Cecil shopped him to MSU, Auburn surely paid him"...... this assumption could not be corroborated in any way, shape or form during the 13 month NCAA investigation.  The only ruling for the NCAA to make was the one it made.  It could not be demonstrated that Auburn University paid Cam Newton anything and there was no rule specific to his Dad asking another school for money (hence, the addendum to the rules).  You people that are criticizing Auburn for playing him are way off base.  They vetted him while recruiting him and found that he was eligible under current NCAA rules.  The NCAA found the same.  Why is everyone so disappointed?  It's really quite obvious...........Jealousy and envy.
War CAM Eagle!



Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:11 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

"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."  I believe Cam Newton was allowed to play because folks looked the other way.  Hurray there is a rule now...for incidents like this. 

There is so much more going on in the NCAA, maybe congress should step in but we all know that will end badly.  So what can we do?  Get rid of the BCS.  Imagine what is going on schools that we never talk about, well maybe we would talk about the overall problem if we focused on all the schools not just the "top 25 BCS ranked teams". 

Does this new rule solve all of Auburn's problems?  What would have USC done in a playoff game had we gotten rid of the BCS and had a Reggie Bush rule before it all happened?



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:55 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Finally too bad that cant go after auburn now that would be hilarious everyone knows he got the money and they admitted that cecil shopped him but couldnt do anything about it.



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:53 pm
 

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

What is funnier is how posters on here take the NCAA's investigation of Auburn to mean they did not pay Cam Newton. Sorry, but that does not follow logically. It is entirely possible that auburn paid the Newton's yet, like many crimes, they simply didn't have enough evidence to prosecute. Doesn't mean they are innocent, just that they weren't sanctioned by the NCAA. You probably think OJ was innocent too.


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