Tag:Cam Newton
Posted on: November 26, 2010 3:55 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 4:05 pm

Julio Jones needs to be covered (VIDEO)

Posted by Chip Patterson

Alabama is off to a hot start in the 2010 Iron Bowl.  With a 24-0 lead midway through the second quarter, the Crimson Tide have completely dictated the pace of this game offensively, and refused to allow Cam Newton to get comfortable on defense.  Auburn's defensive backs are widely accepted as the weakest aspect of the second-ranked team in the nation, but head coach Gene Chizik must have expected more than what they have given so far.  Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has already completed 13 of 16 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.  One of those scores was a 68 yard strike to Julio Jones, who did not have much trouble losing the Auburn defenders on the way to the end zone.

You can stream the 2010 Iron Bowl live on CBSSports.com, and also join Tom Fornelli in the CBSSports.com Live Facebok Chat

But first check out Jones' TD that put Alabama ahead 14-0 in the 1st quarter.

Posted on: November 26, 2010 3:11 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 3:15 pm

2010 Iron Bowl Live Chat on Facebook

To bring coverage of the 2010 Iron Bowl full circle, Tom Fornelli will be chatting live at the CBS Sports Facebook page.  Whether you believe in War Eagle, Roll Tide, or FoodHangoverHasMeOnTheCouchAnyway, cruise on over to discuss the biggest game of the year so far in the SEC.  Please limit profanity to only witty jokes, and anyone who would like to complement Fornelli on his look is encouraged to.  

Remember, you need to "Like" CBSSports.com on Facebook in order to join the chat.  Click here to hop in on the excitement.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:29 pm

NCAA looked into LaMichael James' car

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a story for those of you who are sick and tired of hearing about Cam Newton and the NCAA's investigation into his recruitment after leaving Florida and ending up at Auburn.  Turns out that Mr. Newton isn't the only Heisman contender whom the NCAA has taken a special interest in this season. According to a story in the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, the NCAA took a look at Oregon running back LaMichael James earlier this season as well.

Apparently they were wondering where James came across the 2003 Range Rover that he started driving earlier this season.
Questions about how James acquired his white luxury ride prompted Angie Cretors, NCAA assistant director for agent, gambling and amateurism activities, to fly to Portland to investigate. She met early this month with Pernell Brown, a local gang-outreach worker who describes himself as James’ “uncle.”

When asked for specifics, Brown explains he’s more like a friend of the family who looks after the 21-year-old sophomore from Texarkana, Texas.

Brown says James, a leading contender for the Heisman and a key to Oregon’s national title hopes with two regular-season games remaining, called him in October. Brown says James told him someone was stalking him and leaving notes on his car—a red 2000 Ford Mustang with James’ initials and his jersey number, 21, affixed to the side window.

Brown—a former Woodlawn Park Blood who served seven years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon—says he suggested trading cars with James. Brown says he bought his 2003 Range Rover this year. Sales records show he paid $17,238 cash to M&R Auto Sales in Northeast Portland. Brown says a finance company provided the money, and he leases the SUV from the company.

Brown also went on to say that he is not an agent, nor does he have any plans to become an agent.  He also said he's never bought James anything, be it shoes, a shirt or anything because he doesn't have the money.  Obviously it seems that the NCAA buys the story, as James was never subjected to any kind of punishment for driving the Range Rover.

In fact, while the NCAA won't comment on the investigation per its usual policy, Oregon says they believe that James has already been cleared of any wrong doing.

As for that stalker, maybe he was just stalking the car?
Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 5:21 pm

Davey O'Brien Award finalists announced

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We're approaching the end of the regular season in college football, which means a couple of things.  One is that we can all start wringing our hands over which teams deserve to play for a national title, and another is that award season is drawing near, and finalists are being announced.  Like the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, which announced its three finalists on Monday.

Who are those finalists?  Drumroll, please!
  • Cam Newton, Auburn
  • Andrew Luck, Stanford
  • Kellen Moore, Boise State
Not exactly a shock to see any of those three make the final cut, as both Newton and Moore are leading two undefeated teams with title hopes, and Luck is the driving force behind one of the best Stanford teams in recent history.

The finalists are chosen were selected by the award's National Selection Committee, along with a fan vote that made up 5% of the total.  The criteria for choosing the three finalists were their quarterback skills, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.  Now, obviously, depending on what we learn about Cam Newton and the current NCAA investigation surrounding him at the moment, his character could definitely have a large impact on whether or not he wins the award when the winner is announced on February 21. 
Posted on: November 22, 2010 12:05 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 1:50 pm

USC asks for Baxter back after golf cart ride

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Let it not be said that USC hasn't learned from their past history with Reggie Bush ; when details surfaced that freshman running back Dillon Baxter had taken a golf cart ride with a USC student attempting to kickstart a fledgling career as an agent (a student already warned by the Trojan compliance department to stay away from USC's players), the Trojans wasted no time in declaring Baxter ineligible  and holding him out of Saturday's 36-7 loss to Oregon State .

With that game and the investigation (such as it must have been) behind them, however, the Trojans are ready for the NCAA to sign off on Baxter returning to the fold for this week's game against Notre Dame :

USC self-reported the infraction and also filed an official request with the NCAA for Baxter's reinstatement. As part of the request, USC put a nominal value on the golf cart ride that Baxter would have to repay, likely to a charity, USC vice president for athletic compliance David Roberts said.

"We're hoping that that this is going to be the end of it and the NCAA will understand that we acted proactively and quickly," Roberts said. "Obviously we'll take further action in this coming week to make sure that there are no other contacts between these people and our players."

Depending on how much value USC placed on that golf cart ride, maybe Teague Egan -- the agent-to-be in question, who said he offers "15-20" golf cart rides a day to his fellow USC students -- should simply start a campus golf cart taxi service instead. But assuming the NCAA finds no other malfeasance, that USC responded as quickly as they did in the face of such a seemingly minor violation would indicate that the days of Bush-style lawlessness are behind them.

(It's at this point that many college football fans would ask why Baxter was held out for something so piddly while Cam Newton has continued to play after serious allegations that his father solicited up to $200,000 for his services. There's no clear answer to that question, though your perspective likely alters how you'd expect that answer to arrive; the media consensus appears to be that Auburn is simply thumbing its nose at the usual sit-first-ask-for-reinstatement-aft
er process and daring the NCAA to act, though Auburn fans will tell youthat Newton's continued appearances indicate just how un serious the threat to his eligibility really is. It seems we'll all find out when the NCAA says we'll find out, unfortunately.)

Posted on: November 18, 2010 2:17 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 2:18 pm

VIDEO: Cam Newton song parody

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This video is popping up just about everywhere, so I guess we might as well post it here.  To be honest, I'm kind of surprised it took so long for something like this to pop up on the internet.  I guess since this whole Cam Newton story keeps developing with new plot twists just about everyday, everyone has been too busy trying to figure out what's going on to take the time to make fun of it.

Though if people have enough time to come up with insane yet enthralling conspiracy theories on message boards, you'd think someone would find the time to put on a Halloween pimp costume hat, grab an acoustic guitar, a camcorder and get to work.  So, without further ado, I present to you, some dude named Moonpie.

Courtesy of EDSBS
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:48 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 10:49 pm

Auburn booster denies any contact with Newton

Posted by Adam Jacobi

According to a report on TMZ, the FBI's probe of the Cam Newton investigation has expanded to include dog track owner Milton McGregor, a prominent Auburn booster -- and recent bribery arrestee.

Obviously, McGregor's not terribly thrilled about being connected to the investigation and the FBI in any way, so his attorney has just released a statement on McGregor's behalf to WSFA 12 in Montgomery. Here's the statement in full:

"Contrary to postings on celebrity and sports blogs, Milton McGregor has never had any contact direct or indirect with Cam Newton, Cecil Newton - Cam's father, Kenny Rogers or anyone purporting to represent Cam Newton. Mr. McGregor has never been asked to provide money for any recruitment or compensation of any current or prospective student athlete including Cam Newton at Auburn or any other school, and has never provided any type of compensation in that regard period no exceptions. As a proud supporter of Auburn University Mr. McGregor wants it known that he does cheer loudly for Cam Newton and thinks he is the best athlete in college football."

It's worth pointing out that the only allegations made by TMZ are that the FBI is investigating McGregor, not that he necessarily had any role in the Newton recruitment, so his denial is something between "misleading" and "flat-out incorrect." Still, this is the first time McGregor's been connected to this investigation at all, so there's a lot more information that's going to need to come out before any worthwhile analysis of the McGregor situation can occur.

Photo via al.com

Posted on: November 17, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 4:19 pm

Report: FBI probe connected to Auburn booster

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Cam Newton saga continues at Auburn, as the NCAA continues to investigate the circumstances of the Heisman front-runner's recruitment after he left Florida.  Things have gotten so serious that the FBI is now involved, and that is never a good thing for anybody.  For the FBI to be involved there has to be something going on behind all this that isn't just limited to college football.

And now we may have an idea in why the FBI cares about Cam Newton.

According to a report on TMZ, the FBI's investigation has now branched out towards an Auburn booster who has given over $1 million to the school and was recently arrested in a bribery sting.
According to sources connected to the probe ... FBI agents looking into the Newton recruiting controversy are also asking about Milton McGregor -- a dog track owner arrested last month for allegedly bribing Alabama politicians to vote pro gambling.

We're told agents asked someone connected to the Newton case if he was familiar with McGregor or the bribery scandal. 

It's unclear what, if any, direct connection McGregor has to Newton. Back in 2008, McGregor did donate a million bucks toward construction of a new arena at Auburn.

While it's unclear what connection that McGregor could have to Newton, it's not exactly all that difficult to do the math.  McGregor has given money to Auburn in the past.  Cecil Newton allegedly was trying to sell his son to the highest bidder.  I'm not saying, but I'm just saying.

Whatever the case, this isn't good news for Auburn or Cam Newton.
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