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Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA

Posted on: November 4, 2010 6:07 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 6:45 pm
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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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Since: Nov 4, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:03 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA

They did! the NCAA has been looking at this from the day it happened.




Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:38 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA


"It's the SEC, no matter what they did the NCAA will only give them a slap on the wrist.  Theres too much money made on SEC football.."
"Wow, that didn't take long to get into an "SEC" hate thread..
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Yea and it came from a UNC fan. I give those guys kudos on being able to throw stones during a heavy sh*t storm. Kudos. I guess when it's too depressing to read about your own program, the thing to do is try to bash others. Cool

Meanwhile.. back at the Legion of Doom..

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefoo

tball/story/14242674/unc-chancellor

-continues-to-support-davis



Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:31 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/

2010/11/coach_gene_chizik_cameron_n

ewt.html



Since: Jul 25, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:29 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA

i dont care if he did get money so what he deserves it. he better be playing vs the tide come the day after thanksgiving ncaa. 



Since: Jun 21, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:35 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA

Glad to see the media spinning this in their favor...every article doesn't even report that Newton or Auburn is the one's being investigated, only Miss St. and mostly this Rogers guy (who seems to be some guy p!mping himself out to be a wanna be agent. This investigation has been going on since July. I'm pretty sure the NCAA would've benched Cam before the season as they did with the UNC players. There's no evidence supporting any implications toward Cam or Auburn, but the headlines certainly spin it that way...what a big media joke (probably just mad that no one that Auburn would be doing anything near what they are doing and now the media sees a chance to slow down Auburn since no on else can)



Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA

Dez Bryant?



Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:25 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA

Wow, that didn't take long to get into an "SEC" hate thread.

It only took 1 post. lol.

Reggie Bush anyone?



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:20 pm
 

Is anyone surprised?

I mean, this is the SEC, right? 
As for this guy:"No, it's just that everyone wants to knock off the king and the king is the SEC. Notice no one is trying to start rumors at any ACC schools because they are insignificant to the NCAA. Now, when you hire John Blake, it's obviously that some cheating is either going to take place or already has."
You're right, North Carolina wasn't missing players due to this exact same thing earlier in the year....



Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:54 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA




Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:53 pm
 

Report: Cam Newton being investigated by NCAA

Wow.  that is the definition of 'ignorance is bliss'.  pretty Sure MSU is IN the SEC.  I am sure lil 'ole MSU is going to go through the eniire conference, one school at a time, and find a way to make them all ineligible, so they can finally win the conference.

What a tool.  The number one ranked school in the nation is from the PAC 10.  One thing SEC schools have never been known for are academics.  This dude's post is exhibit A.


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