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Tag:Cam Newton investigation
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Newton investigation 'not a closed matter'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This has been a pretty magical season for Auburn.   The team is 10-0, ranked second in the BCS, and a win this Saturday against Georgia would clinch the SEC West and have the Tigers bound for Atlanta to play for the SEC title.  The biggest reason the Tigers have been so good this season is Cam Newton, who has pretty much run away with the Heisman Trophy thanks to his play on the field.

Of course, all anyone wants to talk about when bringing up Auburn is Newton, but it's for all the wrong reasons these days.  The news broke last week that the NCAA is looking into Newton's recruitment, as Kenny Rogers claims that he offered to bring Newton to Mississippi State for $200,000 from the school.  Considering the current environment in college football, in which the contact between agents and players have led to many suspensions, and Reggie Bush has had to give up his Heisman Trophy, there have been a few people who have already made up their minds that Newton is guilty.  Lack of evidence be damned.

One sign that Newton will be cleared in this investigation, though, is the fact that he played on Saturday, and has played all season long while Auburn has been aware of the investigation.  According to Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs, if they felt Newton had done anything wrong, he wouldn't be playing, though that doesn't mean the NCAA is done just yet.

"Any of our student-athletes, if we had any questions about them, about their eligibility," Jacobs told the USA Today. "We wouldn't want them to play."

"It's not a closed matter.  It's still ongoing. ... But we look for Cam to continue to play for us."

Does this mean that Newton is innocent?  No, of course not, but it's a sign that nothing will come from the investigation.  Wins are nice, but if Auburn felt there was going to be any trouble over this, it wouldn't compound the problem by continuing to send Newton out there every Saturday.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 11:32 am
 

Newton investigation is 'sad and disgusting'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's been a whole lot of crazy going on since the news broke on Thursday that the NCAA was conducting an investigation at Auburn about the recruitment of quarterback/assault vehicle Cam Newton.  The story broke when it was reported that agent and former Mississippi State football player, Kenny Rogers, allegedly tried to solicit $200,000 from Mississippi State to get Cam Newton to transfer to Biloxi after he left Florida.

It's a story that Newton's family has denied ever happened, along with denying that Rogers has ever worked for them.  So far, given the amount of evidence that has shown anything to the contrary, and the words of Newton's head coach Gene Chizik, all signs point that the Newton's have done nothing wrong.  According to a report on AUTigers.com -- which, we admit, may be a touch biased in this situation -- that's exactly the case.

A source "very close to the Auburn athletics department" told them there's absolutely nothing to any of this.

“There is no evidence whatsoever of any contact between Mr. Rogers and anyone on the staff at Auburn University or anyone associated with Auburn University,” the source told the site. 

“There have also been no NCAA allegations made against Auburn University or anybody on the Auburn staff regarding the recruitment of Cam Newton. This is a really sad and disgusting situation.  Cameron Newton and his family have become the victim of a rogue agent with a questionable past and of other people who are out to hurt Cam Newton and his family."

Who exactly those people are trying to hurt Newton and his family, I don't know, though Paul Finebaum seems to think he does.  

It's not all that crazy to think that Kenny Rogers, if he did ask Mississippi State for the money to get Cam Newton, was acting on his own.  Maybe he thought that if he got $200,000 he could keep some of it and then use the rest to try and sway Newton to reunite with his former offensive coordinator, Dan Mullen. I'm not saying that this is what happened, but given everything we've learned about agents and college football players this year, does anything surprise you at this point?
Posted on: November 4, 2010 6:07 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 6:45 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA

Posted by College Football Blog staff

In what could possibly be the defining story of the season, Pete Thamel of the New York Times tweeted Thursday evening that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was under investigation by the NCAA.  

This could be the most potentially devastating news to Auburn, who could find themselves without the heart and soul of their team should the investigation warrant any type of suspension. Newton, widely considered the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, has had a phenomenal season for the Tigers.  He leads the SEC in rushing, rushing touchdowns, and is second in total offense.

According to ESPN, the crux of the matter concerns Kenny Rogers (no, not him) (not him either), a former teammate of Mississippi State assistant coach John Bond, who allegedly approached Bond trying to acquire $200,000 to secure Newton's commitment out of Blinn JC last year. Here's the full statement by Bond, released to the Clarion-Ledger minutes ago:
“During the 2009 football season, I was contacted by a former football teammate, who represented to me that he was speaking for the Newton camp.  He told me that Cam Newton wanted to play at Mississippi State, but that a specified payment would have to be made.  I reported the conversation to the Mississippi State Athletic Department.  I was told by the Athletic Department that Mississippi State would not respond to the overture that was made to me, and that Mississippi State would continue to recruit Cam Newton as it does any other football recruit.”
To MSU's credit, it doesn't sound as if that school has anything to worry about in the coming investigation. As for Auburn, well, that'll depend on what the NCAA finds in the financial records of Cecil Newton, who is Cam's father and the pastor of a church recently under scrutiny for not meeting building codes and needing extensive renovation. Unsurprisingly, Newton's parents categorically deny any involvement:
"If Rogers tried to solicit money from Mississippi State, he did it on his own, without our knowledge," Cecil Newton said.

"If you've ever seen our church, you'd know we don't have any money," said Cam Newton's mother, Jackie. "We have nothing."
It's important to note that Newton has not been declared ineligible as yet, and this is an NCAA response to a claim made by an opposing coach, as good-faith as the claim appears to be. If there's no unusual financial activity by Newton's parents and their church, there's likely nothing to the investigation (or, at the very least, Rogers didn't think it would cost $200,000 to make Auburn worth Newton's while). At any rate, the next couple weeks are going to be awfully interesting down at Auburn.
 
 
 
 
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