Tag:NCAA Investigation
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:21 pm

Newton investigation still ongoing

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Cam Newton will be taking the field Monday night in Glendale. There's no doubt about that. But it doesn't mean he's out of the NCAA woods just yet.

That's the biggest takeway from this report by Fox Sports' Thayer Evans , who spoke to a pair of Atlanta-area contractors who had agreed to do repairs on Cecil Newton's church in Newnan, Ga., and were interviewed by NCAA investigators the week before Christmas. The good news for Cam is that both said they weren't aware of any kind of scheme to funnel money to the Newtons:
[Emory] Wilcox and [Eddie] Norris, listed on separate city permits for work to be done on Cecil Newton’s struggling Holy Zion Center of Deliverance, each told the NCAA investigators that they were never asked to deliver nor did they deliver money to Newton.

“There may be something there, but nothing related to me,” Norris told FOXSports.com.

The interviews also did nothing to support the theory that the Newtons had used an illicitly-paid windfall to repair the church, as Wilcox revealed that Cecil had yet to pay him for even minor electrical work. The church has avoided being condemned, a Newnan city spokeswoman confirmed, but is not yet up to code enough to host church services.

Despite all that, Evans' story illustrates that while the attention into the investigation into Newton's eligibility has waned, the investigation itself is carrying on all the same. Until the NCAA announces that it's officially concluded its look into the Newtons' finances -- and that that look produced nothing damning -- the possibility will remain that the next overturned log will uncover the improper benefits that would make Cam ineligible for the 2010 season. 

Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:58 pm

NCAA declares Cam Newton eligible

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's some bad news for TCU or any other school or fan base out there hoping that the hammer was going to come down on Cam Newton.  The NCAA declared Newton eligible on Wednesday.

On Monday the NCAA that a violation of amateurism rules took place, and Auburn declared Newton ineligible on Tuesday as they're required to do.  Still, using the evidence it had, the NCAA found that while Cecil Newton along with Kenny Rogers did in fact try to solicit money for his son, Cam Newton was unaware of it and the NCAA decided to reinstate his eligibility.  Though according to the agreement between the NCAA and Auburn, Cecil Newton's access to the Auburn athletic department has been limited.

The relationship between Kenny Rogers and Mississippi State has been dissolved.

“Our members have established rules for a fair and equal recruitment of student-athletes, as well as to promote integrity in the recruiting process,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs. “In determining how a violation impacts a student-athlete’s eligibility, we must consider the young person’s responsibility. Based on the information available to the reinstatement staff at this time, we do not have sufficient evidence that Cam Newton or anyone from Auburn was aware of this activity, which led to his reinstatement. From a student-athlete reinstatement perspective, Auburn University met its obligation under NCAA bylaw 14.11.1. Under this threshold, the student-athlete has not participated while ineligible.” 

All of which is a fancy way of saying that every single win that Auburn had with Cam Newton as its quarterback will stand, and that any win from here on out will also stand.  Which means that if Auburn beats South Carolina on Saturday, it will be playing for a national title, and if it wins that game, it won't be stripped of it any time in the future.

Which, obviously, is fantastic news for Auburn, Cam Newton, and Auburn fans everywhere.
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 9, 2010 11:14 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 11:15 am

The sordid past of Cam Newton

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Over the last few days, we've learned quite a bit about Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.  First the news broke last week about the NCAA investigation into Newton's recruitment after he left Florida following an incident in which he stole a laptop, and now the news that Newton cheated while enrolled in Gainesville.

Dark secrets indeed, but they merely scratch the surface.  I did some digging of my own, utilizing my many sources throughout the college football world and public school system of College Park, Georgia.  What I uncovered during my investigation will chill you to the bone.

This is just some of what I learned.

 - While in the second grade, Newton checked the book Where The Wild Things Are out from the College Park Public Library.  He returned the book two weeks late, and refused to pay the 25 cents in late fees.

 - While in the third grade, a classmate alleged that Newton stole his chocolate milk during lunch.  Two other students saw him do it, but lunch room officials never found evidence of the stolen milk, and Newton did not serve any detention.

 - In the fifth grade, Newton's class was told to make a diarama about a book they read.  Newton had chosen The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and turned in a diarama of Huck and Tom Sawyer sailing down the Mississippi River.  It was very well done, and while there was suspicion that his parents may have helped him, it was never proven.  He received a B+.

 - When Newton was 13 he stole a Snickers bar on a dare from some friends from the local convenience store.  He was caught by the proprietor, who then called the police to teach Newton a lesson.  The police then made Newton pay for the candy bar before taking him home to his parents.  Newton was grounded for a week.

 - Three years later, at the age of 16, Newton returned to the same convenience store to get some Gatorade.  The total for his purchase was $1.26.  Newton only had a quarter on him, and didn't want to break another dollar.  Thankfully there was a "Take a penny, leave a penny" tray on the counter.  Newton only needed one penny, but he took three.

These are just some of the stories I learned in my investigation.  Clearly, Cam Newton is a monster that needs to be stopped.  Hopefully somebody can stop him before he strikes again.

Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:47 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 5:49 pm

The hits keep coming for UNC

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You're a good man, Charles Brown, but you won't be playing football for North Carolina this year.  That's according to a release from the school on Wednesday saying that Brown, who hasn't played at all this season after starting 13 games last year, will miss the remainder of the season thanks to that NCAA investigation.

Brown's teammate and fellow cornerback, senior Kendric Burney, won't be out for the rest of the season, but he won't be back in time for Saturday's game against Miami either.  Burney, like Brown and seemingly 500 other North Carolina players, has been held out due to an NCAA suspension thanks to the ongoing investigation.  He was originally expected back from suspension this week, but according to the school, an ongoing review of his status is yet to be resolved.

I tell you, basketball season can't get here soon enough for folks in Chapel Hill.

Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:11 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 11:24 am

UNC: Austin dismissed. Little, Quinn ineligible

Posted by Chip Patterson

Two days after climbing over the .500 mark with a 21-16 victory over the Clemson Tigers, the tone quickly changed in Chapel Hill with the news that three of the Tar Heels' suspended stars will never again take the field in a North Carolina uniform.

Defensive tackle Marvin Austin has been suspended indefinitely from the team since September 1 for violating team rules.  A university release on Monday announced that Austin has been dismissed from the program for "violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules."  The basis for the dismissal was information gathered from the join NCAA investigation into improper contact with agents.  One interesting part of the announcement: the release states that Austin's case was never considered by the NCAA's reinstatement committee.  Making it appear as though this fate has been known for some time.

Additionally, the university announced that running back Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn have been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff.  According to the details of the release, the two players not only accepted gifts and benefits, but also were not entirely truthful with the NCAA during the investigation process.

(via UNC release)
The university declared both student-athletes ineligible for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. According to the facts submitted by the university, the total value of the benefits is approximately $4,952 for Little and $5,642 for Quinn.

Little accepted diamond earrings, as well as travel accommodations for the Bahamas, Washington D.C. and two trips to Miami, among other benefits. Quinn accepted two black diamond watches, a pair of matching earrings and travel accommodations for a trip to Miami, among other benefits.

Based upon information gathered by the institution and the NCAA Agent, Gambling and Amateurism staff during its joint investigation, unethical conduct charges were found against both student-athletes for providing false and misleading information. According to the facts submitted by the university, each student-athlete was not truthful during three separate interviews with university and NCAA enforcement staff members. Further, Little and Quinn only provided more accurate information when presented with evidence that was contrary to their assertions.
If there is anything we have learned from the recent cases of Bruce Pearl and Dez Bryant, it is that the NCAA does not appreciate dishonesty.  While UNC AD Dick Baddour and head coach Butch Davis have openly boasted their "full cooperation" with the NCAA investigation, it appears as though the players in question were not as helpful.  It does not come as a huge surprise to those near the program that the three players will not see any action in 2010, but the football program's image continues to be scarred as more details emerge from the investigation.  

There will be a press conference held at 11:30 a.m. ET to address the punishments, and there will no doubt be questions related to the dreaded "lack of institutional control."  The dishonesty from Little and Quinn to the NCAA not only killed their chances of getting back on the field, but reflected poorly on Butch Davis and the leadership in the program.  

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:57 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 2:07 pm

Source: UNC FB held out due to NCAA investigation

Posted By Chip Patterson

North Carolina fans will be glad to see starting safety Deunta Williams back on the field for the Tar Heels on Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill.  Williams has completed the four game suspension issued by the NCAA as punishment for improper contact with persons classified as an agent.  But just as the Tar Heels get a player back from NCAA restrictions, they lose another.

Sources are reporting that junior fullback Devon Ramsay will be held out of Saturday's game against Clemson for his involvement in the academic prong of the ongoing NCAA investigation.  Although Ramsay has yet to log a rushing attempt in the 2010 season, he serves as the starting fullback in the Tar Heels' pro-style offense.  Ramsay, along with the offensive line, helped pave the way for 263 team rushing yards in the Tar Heels 42-17 win over East Carolina.  

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 6:17 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 6:18 pm

Butch Davis isn't resigning

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The more we learn about what's gone on in Chapel Hill with the North Carolina football program and their connections with agents, the more obvious it becomes that at some point the NCAA is going to drop a sledgehammer on the Tar Heels.  We don't know what the punishment will be, but it may end up being very similar to the "death penalty" the NCAA gave SMU in 1987.  After the smoke clears to reveal the rubble left behind, Butch Davis isn't going to be left standing.

He'll be gone.  Maybe he should be already, and there are plenty of people who are already calling for Davis to resign from his position, but it's not going to happen.  When meeting with the media on Thursday Davis was asked if he felt it was in the best interest of North Carolins for him to resigh as head coach and he said "no."

He also had a message for those who feel he should.
"I'd like for them to understand that we're doing everything we can to [be] a class program, to win football games the right way, to graduate players, and that we're going to do better. Anything that I can do, I'm absolutely willing to take a look at our program … and anything we need to do, whether it be from an academic standpoint, looking into the backgrounds of coaches, we're going to do that."
That's all well and good, but the fact of the matter is, you still let this happen.  If somebody burns down their house playing with matches, they learn a valuable lesson about not playing with matches, but it still doesn't change the fact that they've burned the house to the ground.

As a head coach of a football team, I have no doubt in my mind that at some point Davis has talked to his players about taking responsibility for their actions on the field.  If you make a mistake, you hurt the entire team.

It's too bad Davis isn't taking the same approach with his own life.  Instead he just stands there, match in hand, pretending he doesn't know what happened.

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