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Report: Newton investigation still open

Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:54 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

For Cam Newton, it's nothing but good news these days. His San Diego workout for the media drew a consensus of raves; he's projected to go to the Washington Redskins with the 10th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft  by many , if not to a different team much higher ; and he just signed what might be the richest athletic endorsement deal for a rookie in NFL history.

For the Auburn team he left behind, the news these days regarding Newton is ... mostly good. But the shadow of the NCAA investigation into his arrival on the Plains hasn't lifted just yet, according to a new column from Birmingham News writer Kevin Scarbinsky :
According to people with reason to know, the NCAA is still conducting an active investigation into Auburn's recruitment of Newton. There is an enforcement staff official assigned to the case, and that person is turning over every rock to make sure the NCAA doesn't get blindsided down the road.

Auburn fans won't like that information. Some of them won't believe it. They'll be joined in their displeasure or disbelief by fans of other schools who read this nugget: The bomb is not about to drop.

According to those same well-informed sources, the NCAA has yet to discover or uncover new information that would wipe out Auburn's national championship season.

This echoes similar statements made recently by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who said "nobody had written him a letter" saying the case had been closed or that any new information had come to light. 

Which means that for the time being, the Newton scandal remains in the same limbo in which it's been mired since Newton was ruled eligible to play in November: no evidence that Newton or his family accepted any improper benefits to come to Auburn, but still enough legwork left for the NCAA to do that anyone who says definitively that no such evidence exists is jumping the gun.

As Scarbinsky points out, the last Heisman winner to walk away with the kind of deal Newton just inked with Under Armour was Reggie Bush. If there's anything we can say with certainty about the Newton case, it's that the NCAA isn't going to let the investigative media make its compliance staff look hopelessly behind (as in the Bush case) if they can help it. If the good news for Auburn is that there's no "bomb" poised to drop, the bad news is that they likely shouldn't expect an "investigation closed" resolution to drop anytime soon.


Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:54 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

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Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: May 3, 2011 10:46 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

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Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2011 5:52 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Auburntigers94 - Alabama fans do not need to use unisyllabic words to comprehend speech for Alabama fans: to the contrary I believe that is more a Barner trait.  This Bama fan grew up in LSU land so that breaks another of your alleged "facts":  people do not robotically select a college because of where they grew up, though influence of family tradition is a definitive factor in selection of AU as much as it is the Uof Alabama.  I saw AU, and knew immediately that I wanted not to be a Barner.  But that's just as far as the in-state rivalry takes it.  Rolling your own trees with bathroom tissue remains an incredibly ignorant act, though I tried to soft peddle the issue.  You remained determined to make it an issue.  I would recommend that you contain your Barner self on this tree issue, as I've never known one real Bama fan that would support such an act.  You, and your fellow Barners will take this opportunity to blame this whole issue of the trees on the University of Alabama, ignorant as that is, in order to blame the doings of one or more deterrents on the entire populace of Tuscaloosa vs. some "nut bags".  Just FYI, the "red neck" label started regarding the state of West Virginia!  It doesn't mater if you're a successful business man, it does not change your bias and condemnation of the Crimson Tide blindnessly remaining in tact. 

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:23 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

Dear Bama fan:

I'll try to keep all of this in one sylable words so you can understand it.  Here are the facts.  Bama fans are 90% (maybe more) just people that were born "Bama" because they're diddy was a fan or their boss at McDonald's was a fan and likely have never spent one day at a class at the University of Alabama.  Most of the fans in Atlanta have never even stepped foot on any college campus.

Auburn fans are 90% (or more) actual graduates, students, and family of students that are going or went to Auburn.  They also come from all over the country to study at Auburn.  I had roomates and friends from Chicago, Atlanta, Philidelphia, California, Virginia, Lousianna, Florida and Texas.  The comedic notion that Auburn University is "Barners" is just about the most out of touch name calling I've heard.

As for the comment about using toilet paper to celebrate victories, good job but perhaps you may want to look at your classy ZZ top look a likes in the Bama crowd with their sticks with a, yes thats right, roll of toilet paper resting on a Tide detergent box.  Look at yourself you classless Bama fans.

I've never had any problems with Alabama alums, students, or staff and my apologies for lumping you in with the Bama fan that gives you such a bad reputation as red necks.  Alabama is a very good university but their fans are mostly not affiliated with them and that is just sad.

As for us winning the BCS championship and beating you on the way, I'm sure that hurts.  But step up and have some class.  Poisoning 100 plus year old trees?  Nice work.  Look we didn't come over and pull your last two teeth out when you won the BCS the year before.  We simply bounced back like men and beat you the following year.

Good luck rooting against Auburn each year Bama fan.  Keep up the classy behavior.

TigerGrad and successful business man. 

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:17 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

The Auburn fans deserve better than this mess.  I am an Alabama fan.  When you support a team as fervently as Auburn fans have, you deserve an untainted, clean championship and not an asterisk.  They didn't deserve the Newton conspiracy business.  Newton's father admitted shopping his son.  Whether the kid knew about it or not, other players have been punished for less.  The NCAA needs to drop this deal because their lack of timely action has contributed significantly to the problem.  Lets move on.........  

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 2:26 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

DMR37: It is fruitless to try to correct grammar. The people you are talking to don't care. You need to come to realize that letting poor grammar affect you is a bad thing for you. I share your opinions about the NCAA, Espn, and  Cam Newton situations. I feel bad for the Oak trees in Auburn. I feel bad for the possible loss of tradition for the Auburn fans. But, the funniest line I have heard lately was on The Round Table Show yesterday. It was: "Harvey Updyke says his son had no knowledge of his actions."

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:51 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

It is encouraging to read most of the entries on this blog to get an overall feel for peoples' attitudes toward this whole Cam mess.  Remember how long it took for any definitive action for USC, whether you agree with the outcome or not.  It's not that I have it in for AU, though there's always that rivalry, I just want people to win fairly and this whole deal has smelled up CFB for some time!  Yes the case is still open, and I wish the FBI would get a move on, and any necessary actions decided on.  And for gosh sake (and I do think this was a ridiculously stupid act), we need to get the trees replaced at AU!  Get that casino AU booster on the job!  Why didn't anyone notice someone sneaking around the trees??  Where any school comes up with the idea of "rolling" their own trees with bathroom tissue as a positive celebration I'll never know.  You'd think tissue would be a highly held commodity down there in Barner land!  lol...  Sorry for the inclusion of the poisoning of the trees action, as that really is pathetic, but somehow it doesn't seem totally unreasonable for the overall Barner Saga.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:59 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

That's the key..... The trial for the casino owner. When the deadline for discover hits, then the NCAA will get a copy of what the Feds have. Then we will find out if it was nothing but rumors or fact.

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:54 am

Report: Newton investigation still open

Mr. 714area,

While I do agree with a large part of your sentiment, I must say that you would stand a better chance of people taking your comments seriously if you would learn to write and use the proper words.  I.E. "The only people doing what it is supposed to."  I am assuming what you meant was the the fine people at Miss. St. are the only people that are doing what they are supposed to.  I have to think you are referring to the fact that Miss. St. had publically stated that they have cut off ties to certain individuals that claimed to be boosters.

Also, since when is pissed spelled "pist"? Or Christians spelled "Christans"?  At least you had the respect for Chrisians to captitalize the word.  Using proper grammer and capitalizing words that should be ("I") would go a long way in getting others to take your comments seriously.

The NCAA and SEC have both been very obvious in their attempts to act like they are doing the right thing when in fact they are trying very hard to sweep the whole thing under the rug to save face.  The BCS and ESPN are the main organizations to place a great deal of the blame on since they are the organizations that control the big money in college football. 

Specifically regarding the "pay for play" situation, The ruling made by the NCAA that Cam Newton did not know what his father was doing is a huge load of crap.  Cam Newton has always professed how important family is to him and it is well known that his family followed him wherever he went and supported him along the way.  This family is very close, thus to say that Cecil Newton was talking with universities or agents or boosters about his son's future and Cam knew nothing???

Cam Newton should not have been eligible for the SEC title game nor the Bowl game.  The Ohio State "Five" should not have been eligible for their bowl game.  The NCAA and the BCS need to be completely overhauled or eliminated. 

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2011 7:47 pm

Report: Newton investigation still open

I wonder if the money Auburn pay was for two years, or just a one year deal? It`s sad to think, players like newton, and bush take money from universities, then move on to the pros, without and regrets, seeing their former school pay the heavy price for their greed.

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