Cameron Newton story reaching critical mass

It was my hope this morning to take a break from the ongoing, sordid saga that as become the Cameron Newton story and write about what is going to be another great football weekend:

We have the No. 2 team in the nation (Auburn) trying to stay alive in the race for the national championship against a traditional rival (Georgia) which needs a signature win to save its season.

We have the drama of a winner take all game at Florida where Steve Spurrier, the former Gator coach, has a chance to take South Carolina to its first-ever SEC championship game.

But the Cameron Newton story has sucked all of the oxygen out of this college football season. It’s sad. But you can’t ignore it even if you want to.

So for the second straight week we will not do our Fearless Friday Forecast.  Here, based on a very long Thursday, is where I believe we are on the Cameron Newton Story:

We are quickly reaching critical mass. Two big events happened yesterday that make me feel this way.

 Remember that ESPN.com reported on Wednesday that: “Two sources who can recruit for Mississippi State  said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited last year.” The claim was that Newton told Mississippi State coaches that he wasn’t coming to Starkville because his dad got a deal to ship him somewhere else. Let me also point out that there is no evidence and no one claiming directly that Auburn has broken any rules.

Yesterday we reminded you that Mississippi State originally brought the idea to the SEC that there might be some problems with Cameron Newton’s recruitment. The SEC asked for more information but that additional information was not forthcoming until July. So inquiring minds wanted to know why,  if Mississippi State had direct info that Newton had made this claim to staff members, wasn’t this dealt with this summer? That is a very serious charge.

But the SEC, through spokesman Charles Bloom, revealed that in the reports that it received back from Mississippi State on this issue there was no mention–none–of any such conversations between staffers and the Newtons. I independently confirmed that last night with the SEC office.

So on this matter we are left to draw one of three conclusions:

1. Mississippi State did not share that information with the SEC because it did not want to get that deeply involved in the case and hoped it would just go away.

2. The conversations that were reported by ESPN.com may have taken place but were not with Mississippi State assistant coaches or the head coach (the only people allowed to recruit under NCAA rules) but were with lower level staffers. Thus the Mississippi State brass was not aware of them.

3. The conversations never took place and were incorrectly reported.

Here is the second big item: Last night Kenny Rogers, the former Mississippi State player who started this story, decided to “come clean” on a talk show in Dallas. Accompanied by this attorney (who was on the phone), Rogers told host Ian Fitzsimmons that he and Cameron Newton’s father, Cecil, met with Mississippi State coaches in Starkville on Nov. 27, 2009. Rogers said Cecil Newton asked for money to sign his son and that one of the Mississippi State coaches said “No, no I don’t want to hear that.”

Rogers said later in the interview that Cecil Newton told him that it would take “Anywhere between $100,000 and $180,000″ for his son to sign with Mississippi State.

I spoke with Fitzsimmons last night and he confirmed that all of the reporting on Rogers’ appearance was accurate.

We now have a new name in this this mix. Bill Bell is a successful Mississippi State booster and  told ESPN.com last night that Cecil Newton did in fact ask for money to sign his son. Rogers said that he was referred to Bell on the issue of money.  Bell also said he has already discussed this matter with the NCAA.

Rogers also said that he first contacted Cecil Newton to offer his help when Cameron left Florida. Rogers said that Cecil Newton said, in so many words,  ”It’s not gonna be free this time.”

Folks, I’ve been covering this league a long time but it looks like were are definitely in some uncharted waters here. Just a few observations as we move forward:

**–I know Mississippi State has a game on Saturday with Alabama, but if I’m the SEC I want every coach on that staff, including the head coach, to look me in the eye and tell me if Cecil Newton or Cameron Newton actually made those claims. And if those coaches lie to me they will be fired on the spot and will never–EVER–get another job in college athletics again.

**–The FBI has gotten involved and we’re not sure why. But former Mississippi State player John Bond, whose contact with Kenny Rogers started this story, said yesterday that he’ll be talking to the FBI.

**–Cecil Newton is not talking to the media any more and has lawyered up.

**–This story has been going on for more than a week and there is not one allegation that Auburn has done anything wrong.  I am not saying I know Auburn hasn’t done anything wrong. We don’t know. I am familiar with the enforcement and compliance staff over there led by Rich McGlynn, and they are a pretty tough bunch. If they had some evidence that Cameron Newton’s father got money from anybody to sign his son, the school would have to sit him. It looks like a roll of the dice to me given all the smoke but you can’t sit the kid if you don’t have some evidence.

**–Does the mere solicitation of money, even if it was not acted upon, constitute an NCAA rules violation? There seems to be some debate on that. An NCAA spokesperson told Yahoo Sports that, in general terms, if somebody solicted money on Newton’s behalf, even if the solicitation was not acted upon, then that constitutes an NCAA violation. Attorney Don Jackson, who represents athletes in cases such as these, questioned that claim when he appeared on Paul Finebaum’s show yesterday. But if that is true and the NCAA has reason to believe that somebody solicted money for Newton, including Newton’s father, the NCAA can recommend that Auburn sit Newton down until the matter is resolved.

**–If that happens, Auburn will have a decision to make. Remember that it is the responsibility of the institution to sit the player if there are possible rules violations. That’s what Georgia did in the case of A.J. Green. Once the player is suspended, then the institution applies for reinstatement. In the case of Green the NCAA denied reinstatement until after Green served a four-game suspension. So this isn’t on the NCAA or the SEC. It’s on Auburn. And as of Friday morning Auburn appears to be ”All In” on Cameron Newton. If you love Auburn, and have a lot of friends who do, you had better pray Jay Jacobs and the rest of that staff are right.

Stay tuned. This story is moving fast and a lot could happen between now and Saturday’s 3:30 kickoff.

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746 comments Add your comment

Richard

November 12th, 2010
10:25 am

Intersting dilemma. If you punish Mullen for not having enough facts to come forward you effeectively silence furture coaches from coming forward.

The other question for me is, can the NCAA control a rogue parent? What if (I know its a stretch) Cam Newton had nothing to do with his father’s shananigans? Unless you can prove that Newton actually received money, I don’t know how you can hold it against Cam Newton?

ant

November 12th, 2010
10:26 am

We have a chance to 1-0 if we don’t play Cam…If we do play came we have a chance to go 0-11…..I love watching Cam and what he dose on the field and I want to support him as much as anyone but You cant take away a chance for all the other kids on our team to win when you have seen all this…..I hope they do what is best for Auburn as a whole!!!!

Miles

November 12th, 2010
10:27 am

Dark clouds in Auburn…Is it really the prettiest little village on the plains?

ant

November 12th, 2010
10:28 am

We have a chance to be 1-0 if we don’t play Cam…If we do play Cam we have a chance to go 0-11…..I love watching Cam and what he dose on the field and I want to support him as much as anyone but You cant take away a chance for all the other kids on our team to win when you have seen all this…..I hope they do what is best for Auburn as a whole!!!!

LogicalObserver

November 12th, 2010
10:30 am

Tony, what in the world do you mean “there is not one allegation that Auburn has done anything wrong”?!

It doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots:

1) The Newton’s wanted money for Cam to sign: a) “Two sources who can recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited last year.”; b) Rogers quoted Cecil Newton as saying: “It’s not gonna be free this time.”

2) Miss St. would not pay up: a) Cecil Newton asked for money to sign his son and that one of the Mississippi State coaches said “No, no I don’t want to hear that.”; b) Bill Bell is a successful Mississippi State booster told ESPN.com last night that Cecil Newton did in fact ask for money to sign his son.

3) Cam signed with Auburn instead: a) Cam Newton apologized to another recruiter, claiming he had to choose Auburn because “the money was too much.”

This sounds like “lack of institutional control” if I’ve ever heard it!!!

Dumbest coach in the nation

November 12th, 2010
10:31 am

Sounds like uga homer Tony is trying to scare Auburn so his dogs might have a shot. Richt said they only pay 50k for tight ends!!! Ahahaha!!! I don’t know what is more stupid, projecting the Heisman frontrunner as a tight end, or telling everyone about it!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!

SI Cover Jinx

November 12th, 2010
10:32 am

You forgot to say that Cam Newton himself has said he went to Auburn because “the money was too much”

3rdN8

November 12th, 2010
10:32 am

You gotta admit….it would be tempting. You’re sitting in the AD’s office, it ’s July, and a blistering 112 degrees on the practice field, and fall camp starts in two weeks. You have on your team, a once-in-a-generation caliber player. This guy is a walking dynasty.

Now some dweeb in the Athletic Department is peeing in your Wheaties. He starts the conversation by stating; “there may be a problem”.

Do you focus on “may”. or “problem”?

If that was Auburn’s choice last summer, everyone would have to admit it would be a tough one for anyone.

Chris

November 12th, 2010
10:35 am

Just saw DesHoward say he supports Cam on ESPN. Wonder if he took money as well. I’m thinking they all are on the take. Probably SEC, Big ten and 12, ACC Pac10 all giving $ and benefits. Just like steriods. We need a mitchell report on college sports. yeah, that is where we are. Congress needs to get involved.

Zack MettenDawg

November 12th, 2010
10:36 am

@ 3rdN8 Nope…Coach Saban told me they couldnt offer me more than the running back Crowell (sp?) from Carver Columbus because I already had convictions on my record.

By Any Means Necessary

November 12th, 2010
10:36 am

Usually were there is smoke there is fire…In EVERY case like this something always comes out. Reggie Bush denied denied denied and now look at the so called false allegations…something wrong happened…its funny how Cecil Newtons church got a nice new place but I better not mention that because we all know how innocent the churches..they never do anything wrong in this country!

3rdN8

November 12th, 2010
10:36 am

Chris

You’re right. Congress could sure fix this. Please emphasize “fix”.

Colin

November 12th, 2010
10:37 am

I wish I could see the story objectively, but as an LSU fan, I have nothing but schadenfruede in my heart.

Chris

November 12th, 2010
10:38 am

Yeah, congress cant fix the budget maybe they could try college sports…lol

Tide Rising- witness to 4 IML

November 12th, 2010
10:42 am

Nothing short of amazing that AU is going to trust in this kid’s word and play him. That’s taking quite a gamble on a kid that was about to be expelled at Florida by a student committee for academic cheating not one time but allegedly in 3 separate incidents. On top of that there’s the ole laptop thing. I think anyone with 2 cents worth of common sense knows that this kid aint much for character and that to believe him is to believe in the tooth fairy. In any event I do hope he plays against us. I don’t want to hear any excuses from AU fans.

Michael Lenga

November 12th, 2010
10:42 am

Dawgs are a bunch of haters. Of course you say sit Cam out – that at least gives you a glimmer of hope. The facts shall speak and when they do then the action should be taken. Innocent until PROVEN guilty. A bunch of cry babies, wanna be’s making claims means nothing.

Funny how all this breaks out after AU kicked Ole Miss butt. Funny how all this comes out only when FL sees light. SHUT UP AND PLAY FOOTBALL. Playing is playing.
If you want to bench him because of alligations then – I heard someone say that ALL football players on the GA team took money, hell while we are at it so did FL and SC. There sit everyone out until we make a determination.

War Eagle.

Ray Drew

November 12th, 2010
10:42 am

@ Zach MettenDawg

Than cant be true because Coach Saban offered me more than that….but he told me he could because he could funnel it through my church just like Cecil did.

UGA Insider

November 12th, 2010
10:42 am

I do know for sure Dan Mullen is off the UGA radar because of this mess. McGarity doesn’t want to touch this with a 10 foot pole. This saga is actually going to slow down the coaching carousel and I do think CMR is 100% guaranteed to be the coach at UGA next season..Even if we lose the next two folks…100%. Things change fast don’t they.

BAMA dude

November 12th, 2010
10:48 am

Funny how all this breaks out after AU kicked Ole Miss butt. Funny how all this comes out only when FL sees light. SHUT UP AND PLAY FOOTBALL. Playing is playing.
If you want to bench him because of alligations then – I heard someone say that ALL football players on the GA team took money, hell while we are at it so did FL and SC. There sit everyone out until we make a determination.
… Michael Lenga

You ain’t all that bright, is ya?

Dirty Dawg

November 12th, 2010
10:50 am

First of all Tony, I don’t think the use of the term ‘all in’ or ‘roll of the dice’ is the correct way to reference this when it comes to your ‘defense’ of Auburn in this. Unless you’re just trying to send a message. Plus, if you think it vital that the SEC require all the Mississippi State coaches to ’swear on a Bible, or something’ about this, then why not Auburn?….or the Newtons?

As for those that say Auburn’s got ‘nothing to lose’ in playing Newton for the rest of the season – ever how many games that may be – I say you’re way wrong. Remember, USC got nailed in the Reggie Bush mess for ‘failure to exercise institutional oversight’ – or whatever that’s called. In this case, if this whole sorry mess should show that Auburn officials had direct knowledge of the ‘play for pay’ offer, and or that somebody like Bobby Louder – it is, after all, the well-healed alum that forks over this kind of money, not the school – was in on it, then Auburn is in for a hellovalot more than the loss of some scholarships and being banned from a bowl for a year or two. This could gut the institution’s athletic program for years to come. Besides, I’ve seen enough Law & Orders to know that the FBI can get the ‘luds’ from Louder’s jet, home or cell – he no longer’s with the bank for some illegal crap – surprise, surprise – so the truth will out one day and Auburn needs to, at least, try to come across as something more than pulling a ‘Baron Leone’ – I know, I’m showing my age.

Don’t get me wrong, I want the kid to play Saturday…I look back on instances when starting QBs have had to miss critical games and their opponents get the idea that they’ll win with ease – e.g., Shuler (sp:) at Tenn, the guy at LSU that beat UT in the SEC Championship – and the whole thing back-fired. I want us to beat Auburn in the worst way, but I want it to be against their best.

Driving Ms Dooley

November 12th, 2010
10:52 am

Ok, so let me get this straight: When Cecil asked for money, the MSU coaches said “I don’t want to hear that” and then the Newtons were directed to a booster with money?????

Are you kidding me? No wonder the stories aren’t adding up! The only real violations BY A SCHOOL are on MSU. Shouldn’t the coaches have said “no, we don’t pay for our players” instead of “I don’t want to hear that” and then make sure the money guys are contacted.

The MSU that speak, the dirtier they look. It seems that if Auburn did pay Cam, they’ve been smart enough to keep their mouth shut.

trey

November 12th, 2010
10:52 am

(( RAMBLE ON = Saint Simons ))) Another dingbat chick.

There is way too much smoke on this story for nothing to come of it.

Auburn isn’t going to sit Scam Newton for this game because they are desperate to beat UGA at all costs this weekend. Even if they have to vacate the win later they will never sit him.

LMAO what a cheating bunch of lowlifes if you have to buy a player in order to get back in the winning lane? Come on Barners. Are you that desperate?

Here is a question: what kind of cars does Cecil Newton drive? How new are they? Inquiring minds want to know.

Michael Lenga

November 12th, 2010
10:52 am

Hey I know a dude who knows some guy who says that his great uncle Jeb heard Jimmy discussed that it would take $90,000 to get him to convince his step son Billy to sign with GA.

Oh yea I don’t remember the exact words, day, time, but just blieve me because everyone loves to talk about something they know NOTHING ABOUT.

SHUT UP!!!

Michael Lenga

November 12th, 2010
10:55 am

BAMA dude

Much brighter than you sunshine.

Michael Lenga

November 12th, 2010
10:56 am

BAMA dude

Did you even go to Alabama?

WashingtonDCduck

November 12th, 2010
10:57 am

Tony: “” But the Cameron Newton story has sucked all of the oxygen out of this college football season. It’s sad. But you can’t ignore it even if you want to. “”

I’m not so sure the 2010 college football season has been ruined Tony. I get what you are saying, that some air has been sucked out down south on the plains in Alabama and that’s a shame. I agree with you on that point. It’s a shame that so much hot smoke has been blown, but not much hard evidence, i.e. some bank statements or a deposition of sorts. I like Cam Newton, and he’s so much fun to watch. If it comes out that he never was involved, and is a victim of guys looking to get 5 minutes of fame than shame on our system of 24/7 media and the victims that get stream rolled.

As far as the season being ruined or seriously tainted, ummmm… lol, sorry. Not the case. Let’s look at a few teams in the Top 25, a crazy not-so-traditional Top 25 I’ll say:

• UCF- great for their fans to be in the Top 25
• NEVADA – they have a chance to knock off Boise St. and be relevant in the national conversation. No, they are not going to a BCS, but to be relevant and shake up the national title picture and open up a BCS Berth spot for say a Stanford or other AQ school.
• SOUTH CAROLINA – will they get to the SEC Title game? They beat ‘Bama at home, and they are in the thick of the SEC race. Great year in Colombia even though they lose tough ones to UK and Arkansas.
• ARKANSAS – to me this is a real revival of their program. I’m not a SEC historian, but from a Pac-10 guy’s perspective this has been a great year for the Hogs and their program. They lost a heartbreaker to ‘Bama. Still, on pace to have a wonderful year.
• NEBRASKA – the last ‘hurrah’ in their finale Big 12 season has been slightly under the ‘magical’ year, beat Texas and it is, but still this team has surpassed outsiders expectations and will battle Oklahoma for a BCS Berth. Not bad for the last year before moving to the Big 10.
• STANFORD – Andrew Luck will be next April’s #1 draft pick, and he’s shown why he’s the best QB ready for the pros (I’d rather have Cam Newton). The Cardinal have bought into Harbough’s system, and play a hardnosed, physical game that SEC folks have to love. Not much fancy pants here, they hit you in the mouth early on and impose their game plan physically. Only loss was getting thumped in Eugene at Oregon in the 2nd half.
• OREGON – A new #1 ranked team that so far seems worthy of praise. Oregon football has been around for 115 years, and has never been ranked #1, to say the least it’s been a magical year. With 3 games to go, all indications point towards their ticket being punched for Glendale.

2010 has been a great year, and this is why College Football has BY FAR the best regular season in all of sports. Week 11 should be another exciting week.

vols12

November 12th, 2010
10:59 am

Tony Barnhart you must be a Georgia Fan. The only way UGA stands a chance to win. UGA Fans kill me they have player after player that breaks the law. Players go to jail on Friday Night and are in Sanford stadium by Saturday morning. The media on this story is terrible. Why is this information just coming out?

Driving Ms Dooley

November 12th, 2010
10:59 am

@Tide Rising
Nothing short of amazing that AU is going to trust in this kid’s word and play him

At this point, I don’t think we are talking about Cams word. Auburns responsibility is to try to find an Auburn booster that may have paid him and hope that when they deny it, that they were smart enough to cover their paper trail. Right now, all this story tells me is that MSU has been reluctant to provide facts to the NCAA for good reason. They entertained the idea of paying Cam. Maybe even put in a bid for him and lost. Now they are in hot water and squealing away.

lil lol

November 12th, 2010
10:59 am

What ever happen to innocent till proven guilty? Is this no longer the USA?

LB

November 12th, 2010
11:01 am

As a UGA fan I want Cam to play. You always should want to play the best. Go dawgs!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

November 12th, 2010
11:03 am

WAY TO GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!! We were there as usual section 125 ..watching the Falcons kick butt!!

Matty Ice DOES NOT LOSE in the ICE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love ya, Roddy!, FInnman! Grimey! The BEERman! Abraham! Clabo! Mclure!

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!! WAR CAM EAGLE!!!!! WAR CHIZIK EAGLE!!!!!!

lil lol

November 12th, 2010
11:03 am

They will do anything to keep Auburn from being #1 and To keep Newton from winning Heisman. Thats the main reason Evans and Bond broke the report without facts etc.

Chris

November 12th, 2010
11:04 am

Most D1 college football players are probably guilty and on the take, we just choose to ignore it, much like steroids.

Opinionated81

November 12th, 2010
11:05 am

Everybody is missing the big picture. This whole thing is about money and Im not talking about Cam and his dad but Im talking about the NCAA and the SEC. I highly doubt anything will happen as of now because like any business everybody wants a profit. Cam will play out this season just so everybodys bonus check will be exactly as anticipated. SEC is gonna protect thier interest and “investments” no matter who is involved.

toooldtogiveash*t

November 12th, 2010
11:06 am

Been watching college football for 60+ years. Paying athletes under the table has been going on since before I was born. It’s never going stop until every school pays their athletes a 3-4 year annual stipend. In return, players must commit to play for that period of time. Every school must pay the same amount to each player regardless of players’ talent, conference or independent status. Failure to meet academic standards for each year of attendance would result in forfeiting annual stipend and athlete could not play the following year. Pay the kids something. They generate enormous sums of money for their schools.

And anyway … the Dawgs ain’t gonna beat Auburn tomorrow.

Justafan

November 12th, 2010
11:06 am

HOW ABOUT THE FALCONS..80 yards in last 40 sec. and Falcon win…Great Game…Falcons are for real. Better story than Cam Rumors.

3rdN8

November 12th, 2010
11:07 am

This conversation re: Cam Newton, Auburn, etc….is all negative.

Look on the bright side. Bring in the right spin doctors, and this could be the feel-good story of 2010.

“Small town preacher completely bamboozles the NCCA, and college football, brings a much needed National Championship to a major university, and saves his condemmed church building from destruction.”

I see a made-for-TV movie here myself.

Delbert D.

November 12th, 2010
11:09 am

“The FBI has gotten involved and we’re not sure why.”

They would be investigating a possible federal crime, such as bank fraud (including money laundering) or an interstate crime. None of the FBI’s other defined responsibilities seem to fit.

Driving Ms Dooley

November 12th, 2010
11:10 am

Trish,

You ok?

Yeah that was a great game. The Falcons are the Charmed team this year like the Saints were last year. It seems that more than 50% of the games come down to the last minute in the NFL anymore and with Mattie Ice and Roddie White, we always have a chance to pull it out. We could be the ones in Dallas this year. Still alot to play though.

So what do you think of the coaches comments from MSU?–”We don’t want to hear that”, now heres the list of boosters you should be talking to.

Driving Ms Dooley

November 12th, 2010
11:13 am

@ 3rdN8:

I see Denzel as the Preacher, Snoop Dog as Kenny Rogers.

lail

November 12th, 2010
11:15 am

Auburn is definitely all in with Newton. At this point it’d be stupid to sit him, because once everything becomes official they program is going to get the death penalty anyway

dawghuff

November 12th, 2010
11:17 am

3rdn8… money used to brainwash people into a already dis-proven belief system where even more of their hard earned money can be extracted by this sham artist Cecil Newton is NOT a “feel good story”..

Ghost of Johnnie Cochran

November 12th, 2010
11:18 am

This isn’t funny;
My client took no money.

He plays for school pride;
He has nothing to hide.

When he’s on the field he can’t be stopped;
Hey, has anyone seen my laptop?

Cam is just like his dad, the apple doesn’t fall far;
There goes Cecil now driving his new car.

These are all rumors so let’s not be rash;
You want to convict, show me the cash!

Delbert D.

November 12th, 2010
11:18 am

For an examination of what is wrong with college football, you might want to read this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/sports/ncaafootball/12vecsey.html?ref=sports

Recruiting, Here are 2 paragraphs and a partial quote from that article:

“In Bush’s case, the Heisman had already been awarded. In Newton’s case, voters must gauge the reports and the denials. Why give the Heisman to a guy who may have been asking for down payments starting in high school? Let’s find another candidate who may not be dirty. Or not quite as blatantly dirty.

“The fact is, the commerce in running backs and other valuable assets is an annual and regular proposition — foisted on the country by that assemblage called the National Collegiate Athletic Association.”

“… the reality is that football and basketball at the top level are semipro enterprises grafted clumsily onto the fabric of education.”

Kenny Rogers

November 12th, 2010
11:19 am

Alright… I’m ready to come clean.

Pat Dye coughed up the $200K. Ms Dooley’s chauffeur was the driver and TrishaDishaWarEagle was the bag lady.

grumbles

November 12th, 2010
11:19 am

Barnhart, why don’t you reveal your “sources?” Did Cecil pay you to write this expose?

Delbert D.

November 12th, 2010
11:21 am

Sorry, “Recruiting,” wasn’t meant to be in that post. Editing problem on my part.

Driving Ms Dooley

November 12th, 2010
11:21 am

@ lail
How can you say that Auburn is all in with Cam Newton? Based on the info given to the SEC, there’s not much to talk about. Are you saying that Auburn should watch “the espn trial of Cam newton” and change their mind today.

Everyone seems to think that espn is a legal court reporting unbiased info. People they are selling advertising. It is not unbiased. Are people going to tune in to hear that there was nothing to it.

MSU staffers are the ones in trouble here. the opened a can of worms and then tried to say, well, um, we don’t really have time to get back to the SEC, and so hears some half-truths that may, or may not show how deep we were in this thing before we lost the bidding war.

Auburn should not act on ESPN reports. End of story

404

November 12th, 2010
11:22 am

UGA’s Mark Richt:
“AJ Green told me he didnt do anything wrong. So, I believed him.”

AU’s Gene Cheezit:
“Cam Newton told me he didnt do anything wrong. So I believed him.”

Mettenbergers Ghost

November 12th, 2010
11:23 am

AU is so desperate to play for the NC or win the SEC they would play Cam even if he wore an orange jump suit. So would the majority of other SEC schools. Except Saint Richt and UGA. Thats why we’re 5-5.