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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: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:52 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

You apologists for Auburn, who keep repeating tha that the NCAA investigated and found nothing, are missing the point.  The rule really should be that if a father or other relative, negotiates some kind of deal with one university, the kid should be ineligible to play ANYWHERE for a year.  The way this rule is written, that wouldn't happen, of course.  Only if he'd gone to MSU would this rule have had any teeth.  The way it is, Auburn skates, and supporters feel all pious, because the NCAA had no coherent rule in place to cover the situation.  Letting Cam play was, at the very least, an unethical thing for a major university to allow.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:22 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

NCAA not only investigated the Auburn football program, but most other sports too.  Let's not forget the FBI investigation also.  What did they find?  Nothing but a National Championship, Heisman and Lombardi Trophies!!   War Eagle!! 

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 8:16 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

I am glad most of the people commenting here do not draft NCAA rules or any kind of law for that matter.  Auburn and Cam Newton were investigated thoroughly for any evidence of wrong doing.  The best evidence the NCAA had was a phone conversation between Cecil Newton and Mississippi State.  Without any evidence beyond that, there was no NCAA rule to be violated.  Many of you allege that there must have been some kind of offer from Auburn since $180,000 was involved with MSU.  Without any hard evidence though, this is only an assumption.  Thankfully, people do not get in trouble at law for assumptions or inferences.

Imagine the chaos of litigation if courts actually allowed for assumptions to be put forth as evidence of fraud.  Somehow a personal bias against someone could be held as a violation of law!  There would be innumerbale instances of abuse of the legal system.

I am a graduate of the University of Florida who was there while Cam Newton was there.  He left the university in poor standing.  However, that does not mean that I or the NCAA should assume him guilty of NCAA violations without actual evidence.  Rival schools can accuse all they like, but without evidence, it goes nowhere.

Let us distinguish this from the Reggie Bush case though.  By investigation, it was found years down the road that Reggie Bush had violated NCAA rules while in college.  Meaning, material evidence was found that Reggie Bush and his family had been guilty of violating NCAA rules.  In the Cam Newton/ Cecil Newton case, no material evidence was found against Cam Newton.  This new rule has come after the fact, and NOT from further investigation proving that Cam Newton violated an EXISTING NCAA Rule while at Auburn.

Stop comparing apples to oranges people. 

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:58 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

This is some BS!!! Cam's should have been ruled ineligible LAST year!!! Just like they investigated and retroactively stripped Reggie Bush, they should be doing the SAME thing to Cam Newton! He should have to give back the Heisman, and Auburn should have to vacate their wins AND their National Championship....fair is fair! He lied, and they knew he lied. He knew EXACTLY what his father was up to and for some strange reason the NC double chose to sweep it under the rug! Ugghhhh! Cam Newton make my butt itch like a bad rash!!

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:49 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Yeah, he was trying to "extract a reported $180,000 for his son to attend Mississippi State" because he already had Auburn on the hook for over $100K.  Basically, daddy was running an auction and was seeing if Mississippi State would top what Auburn was offering.  Oh, and his son definitely knew what his dad was doing.  NCAA is Garbage!

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:49 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Well now! If Reggie Bush's stepfather's evil acts can result in RB's achievements on the field of play being erased ex post facto, then Cam Newton's can be, too. We USC Trojan supporters will not rest until justice is done, and the dissidents in Iran are set free. And there it is: the non sequiter that is the NCAA.

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:33 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

Anyone doubt Dad got his cash from Auburn?

Yet clowns at NCAA put the hammer down on OSU for self-reporting stupid players getting tattoos.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:23 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

When is Auburn going to pay for all their rule violations for the past 3 years?  Guess selling jerseys and trophys for cash and tattoos is more important? 

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:21 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted

I can hear it now: "Great! 'Cause I'm really mad at my big brother and he thinks he's going to be a hotshot college football player. Now all I have to do is say I can deliver him to a school for money, and his goose is cooked!"

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:16 pm

The Cecil Newton Rule is finally adopted


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