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Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

Posted on: November 11, 2010 3:37 am
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

Last night, the latest bombshell dropped on the Cam Newton ordeal was that Mississippi State recruiters had been specifically told by Newton and his father, Cecil Newton , that money had played a pivotal role in Newton's recruitment to Auburn over MSU. On its face, the charge is damning; if evidence exists of Newton and his father leading MSU to believe that it would need to pay money to recruit him, that's a serious problem, and the NCAA would need to know that immediately.

Except... here's the thing. Mississippi State acknowledged just today that it let the SEC know of the Cam Newton recruiting situation in January. That was 10 months ago. And yet, 10 months after that fact, here's what an SEC spokesperson said today :

SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said Wednesday evening that there was also no mention of the reported conversations in either of the school’s reports to the league.

Okay, great, but those exact conversations were reported on a major media outlet when they were reported on ESPN last night. So here's what we're hoping someone at Mississippi State can answer: why is ESPN learning about incriminating conversations before the SEC?

If a school has knowledge and evidence of serious wrongdoing in recruiting, as we've all been led to believe Mississippi State has against Auburn, it is incumbent upon that school to divulge as much of that information as possible to the appropriate authorities. And indeed, Mississippi State has been on the offensive as far as representing itself as a responsible steward of the SEC's rules, reportedly declining to pay the Newton family any money and reporting the incident to the appropriate authorities .

And yet, it defies immediate logic that MSU could be this proactive in enforcing the SEC's rules and yet neglect to mention this, the most obvious and egregious flaunting of the of SEC's rules among what MSU has reported so far. Why?

 

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Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 4:21 pm
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

I like the "naive" comment but if that were the case, why is there no report of how they adamantly fought Cecil Newton in his alleged request. That is unlikely based on Mr. Roger's comment that he was "reffered" to Mr. Bell and now Mr. Bell says he also recieved the request. ALso it is not a mute point because they should have ceased recruiting at the first sign that things were amiss. They chose to go forward knowing that it was a violation. Not to mention if they (MSU) went through with it or not.  You do not continue to recruit a player if you know a violation has been committed.



Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

Compared to Auburn most likely paying over $100K for Cam, the issue over how soon MSU reported the illegal activity is pretty secondary, don't you think?  And besides, why not keep recruiting Cam above board during December, in hopes that he and his family might do the right thing?  After all, he did really want to go to MSU, so maybe the coaching staff felt like that would win out in the end.  Pretty naive, but not unreasonable.




Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

Look at the Timelines people.. this whole "case" revolves around it.. MSU has gone on record saying John Ball was contacted in Nov' '09...They "self-reported" to SEC/NCAA in January '10... seems like they "were just doing the right thing" as MSU has gone on record and claimed -- I mean -- just less than 2 months later.. But just 1 problem with their assertion:  Cam made his official commitment to Auburn on Dec 31, 2009 --- It was reported in ALL THE NEWS OUTLETS at the time!! 

SO WHY didn't they report the "indecent proposal" right after it happened?? the truth is: They only reported AFTER CAM TURNED THEM DOWN.  This is a verifiable FACT!!  but none of the stories will talk about this.  this is  a classi "jilted Bride" story.



Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:08 pm
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

I guess people like you have never spent time in a court proceeding but often times you are allowed to plead to lesser charges even though you are charged with other charges.  However there are times when you may be charged with greater charges but because they cannot be proven, the prosecution decides to reduce the charges to ones that can stick or make more sense. Yes he was charge but it ended up being recipt of stolen property or something like that.  Kind of like when your brother or cousin stole candy from the candy jar and gave you a piece. You didn't steal the candy but you ended up with it and didn't do the right thing. So stop saying that he stole a laptop when he was the recipient of stolen property which is a crime in most state whether you know the property is stolen or not.  He was charged with what the police thought happened at the time he was caught.



Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:49 pm
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

It appears to me that the violators of NCAA rules is the great school in Mississippi. MSU apparaently had "recruiters, school representatives or team representatives" approached with this idea of securing Cam Newtom for money.  The allegations say that they knew of this in November of 2009. Yet they did not inform the SEC until January of 2010. It appears that they continued to recruit Cam Newton in spite of the request and did not make it known what they were doing until Cam Newton had turned them down...if what they say occurred actually occurred. Why did they not cease from recruiting him? Why did they not report it until they did not get him after he made his decision on December 31st? Were they trying to secure the funds? Or was it a non-issue for them. Did they violate NCAA rules by continuing to recruit him when they knew what they were doing was wrong?



Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:16 am
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

Auburn fans upset with MS State?  Puh leaze.  The best talent in America desperately wants to be a part of MSU's team, but is sold off to Auburn because his dad needs some cash.  So instead of MSU being 9-0 without cheating, we're left to watch Auburn's "dream" season with a paid-off player.  Sad what it's come to.




Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:48 am
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

soxofany were you there? did you see him steal the lap top....NO! So STFU!! Whether he did or not it doesn't really matter because he obviously did what he needed to do and cleared his record. WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT THIS STUPID LAPTOP!!! 



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:35 am
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

Did Newton steal a laptop?  NO.  He got a smoking hot deal on a stolen laptop.  Should he have know it was stolen?  YES.  Was it stupid?  YES.  Was throwing out the window even dumber?  YES.  BUT NO HE DID NOT STEAL A LAPTOP


Newton was charged with STEALING the laptop, he plead to another charge. YES, he did steal the laptop.



Newton was charged with 3 felonies, none of which was receiving stolen property. He was charged with burglary, larceny, and obstruction of justice. He did not plea to a lesser charge, the charges were actually dropped after he completed the diversion program. He did indeed steal the laptop.



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:07 am
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

Tim Tebow wears Cam Newton pajamas



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:00 am
 

Why doesn't SEC know about Newton calls?

Did Newton steal a laptop?  NO.  He got a smoking hot deal on a stolen laptop.  Should he have know it was stolen?  YES.  Was it stupid?  YES.  Was throwing out the window even dumber?  YES.  BUT NO HE DID NOT STEAL A LAPTOP
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Newton was charged with STEALING the laptop, he plead to another charge. YES, he did steal the laptop.



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