More on Cam: Urban Meyer claims he wasn’t the town crier

Get the picture: Cam Newton plays for Auburn but used to play for Florida and considered playing for Mississippi State. Last week ESPN.com reported that former MSU quarterback John Bond — from Valdosta, by the way — was told it would cost the Bulldogs $180,000 to land Newton. On Monday FoxSports.com reported that Newton was facing expulsion for cheating at Florida.

Today’s development in this swiftly moving SEC tempest: Urban Meyer, who coached Newton at Florida, told Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun he hadn’t leaked the information to FoxSports. Dooley quotes the Urbanator thusly:

“Obviously, it’s a joke. I don’t know anything about anything. I heard they’ve got me meeting with the agent and all that. I never met with anybody. It’s ridiculous.”

According to Dooley, the Florida media relations department went so far as to release this statement from Meyer:

“Our entire focus right now is on preparing for our biggest game of the year against South Carolina. For anyone to think that I or anyone on our staff may have leaked information about private student records to the media doesn’t know us very well. It’s a ridiculous claim and simply not true.”

None of this has anything to do with us here in Atlanta. Except that Newton played at Westlake High and lives in College Park, and his father is the pastor of the Holy Zion Church of Deliverance in Newnan. And also that Auburn, which is ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press poll and BCS standings, faces the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend and can clinch a berth in the SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome by winning. And that Auburn could well meet — small world! — Urban Meyer’s Gators here on Dec. 4.

According to Charles Goldberg of Al.com, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs released a statement — hey, it seems the thing to do — regarding Newton on Tuesday:

“In the past 24 hours, a lot of allegations have surfaced that date back two years ago and further.  These allegations and rumors about Cam Newton are unfortunate and sad because they seem intent on tearing down the reputation of a young man who has done everything we’ve asked him to do.

“Cam has been and continues to be completely honest with us. Cam is, by all accounts, a great kid.  Any discussion of academic records is a clear violation of federal privacy laws.  We will not go down that path or stoop to that level as others have apparently done. We will, however, emphatically say that Cam is eligible to play football at Auburn University both academically and athletically.

“I am proud of this young man and the progress he has made to be a better football player and a better man.  We are truly blessed that Cam is a part of the Auburn family, and we support him 100 percent.”

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First

November 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

I am first, dang it.

Drake

November 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

First and second

November 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

Fire Mark Richt.

matt_t

November 9th, 2010
12:35 pm

This is wonderful, it’s a throwback to the olden SEC days.

Drake

November 9th, 2010
12:35 pm

Mark Bradley

November 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

First, you’re first. Kudos.

Aderb

November 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

Can someone tell me how Mark Richt is still the coach when he lost to Dan Hawkins? This would not be tolerated at Bama or UF. Richt HAS BEEN PASSED BY. Get him gone!

German Shepherd Dawg

November 9th, 2010
12:37 pm

First and second (in your own mind)

Get over the “Fire Mark Richt” stuff. It isn’t going to happen this year for sure, so all you’re doing is trying to demoralize others to your same pathetic frame of mind.

Offer me alternatives, offer me solutions and I decline….

Social Security scam

November 9th, 2010
12:38 pm

Gonna be fun watching Cam against the Gators. Assuming he’s still eligible by that game.

jarvis

November 9th, 2010
12:39 pm

This just in, “More irrelevant quotes leading to a not-fresh story about a topic that has been overly-discussed on this very blog. More details, however not necessarily new details, to follow.”

Headley Lamar

November 9th, 2010
12:39 pm

Auburn has been on probation more times than any other school not named SMU.

Is it any surprise they are cheating again?

jimmymack

November 9th, 2010
12:39 pm

this kid has serious alllegation’s against him. did auburn know this when they signed him?as for urban he is not the town crier but i bet he knows all the detail’s

Headley Lamar

November 9th, 2010
12:46 pm

MOST-PENALIZED DIVISION I PROGRAMS:

Arizona State 8

Southern Methodist 8

Auburn 7

Florida State 7

Memphis 7

Minnesota 7

Oklahoma 7

Texas A&M 7

Wichita State 7

Wisconsin 7

✭Nine programs have been penalized six times, including USC and UCLA.

cattledawg

November 9th, 2010
12:49 pm

Man, what will be the next scandal about Cam? I have heard from a good source that he only eats green skittles and m&m’s.

GT-Hammer

November 9th, 2010
12:53 pm

It’s ridiculous that even the most delusional Bulldog Homer could possibly throw stones at another player or program for dishonesty or disorderly conduct, considering the absolute and literal CONVICTS you clowns trot out on the field wearing Goober Hats every weekend.

The basic storyline behind this, is: Georgia’s gonna’ get whipped Saturday…. But Auburn cheated!

Waaaaaa! Waaaaaa!

Josh

November 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

Why would Florida or Urban Meyer have anything to do with this? This is silly and makes no sense. Cam and Urban had a good relationship when they were together, to think he would put this out there is beyond funny. Oh, and spare me the “Florida is jealous that Cam is getting Tebow comparisons” argument, that is also ridiculous.

someofthat

November 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

First and Second- Says fire Mark Richt!

Third and Fourth- Let’s start going after Cam N. caliber athletes and get us a winning season! All costs! Right?
Fifth and Sixth- Let’s hire some of those “GREAT” available coaches out there! Plenty of them. Right?

chipperdawg

November 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

I’m a HUGE dawg fan and, therefore, don’t care much for AU.
That being said, I’m wondering “What ever happened to inocent until proven guilty?!”
This kid is being hung from the highest tree already and it’s quite possible he’s done nothing wrong!
He is hands down the best player in college this year and deserves all the kudos and respect as such, until its proven he has cheated and isn’t elligable.
Go Dawgs!!! Tame them Tigers!

Summit Dawg

November 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

Let’s forget all this BS about him and Grantham showing the choke sign! Thisn’t chess or checkers…..It’s FOOTBALL!!!! Let’s play the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GT-Hammer

November 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

You clowns are going to lose, and claim Auburn “cheated”.

The football players at UGA as we all know, are such fine upstanding citizens.

misterwax

November 9th, 2010
12:56 pm

yep, it sure does come at a bad time…smells really fishy to almost everyone…take the best player off the offense and help the Gators if need be….. cool!

Marietta_Gator

November 9th, 2010
12:56 pm

How do we NOT know that Pat Dooley did this? He’s a creepy person with a vendetta against Urban Myer. He is also related to *GULP* Vince, who has connections with Auburn, who coached the Dogs, who *Double GULP** won’t even smell the SEC championship {Again} or have a remote chance of EVER, and I mean EVER playing for the MNC.

GO Gators

Ace

November 9th, 2010
12:56 pm

Too bad UGA can pay another high school team half a mil like last week to feel good about, run up scores and records. What a bunch of baby sister punchers.

KM

November 9th, 2010
12:56 pm

Georgia fan here……..I think UF has some ’splaining to do. Breaking federal laws to tear down Newton? Shameful……..There are only a handful of people with access to that info. Having said that, I hope the Dawgs shut him down this weekened.

beauvighn

November 9th, 2010
12:56 pm

How does a player who lives in Newnan play high school football at Westlake….Hmmm.

THE BIG PUMPKIN

November 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

WHERE’S THERE SMOKE… THERE IS FIRE! MEYER KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON BUT SOLD OUT HIS MORALS LONG AGO! CAM IS A PROBLEM CHILD AND ALWAYS WILL BE! AUBURN LIKE FLORIDA..WILL DO ANYTHING TO WIN GAMES!

Scott "Phillip" Wallace

November 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

Auburn cheats??? What ????

Kids a thug, plain and simple.

Ace

November 9th, 2010
12:58 pm

I bet UGA players would punch their kids.

CHAN GAILEY

November 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

GT-HAMMER, WHAT ABOUT GEORGE O’LIAR. IS HE UPSTANDING?

Marietta_Gator

November 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

Albarn will beat the dawgs worse that a Mike Vick Pitt Bull

Norm's Panties in a KNOT

November 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

Like BEAR said, “If you ain’t Cheating, then you ain’t Try’n.”

Marietta_Gator

November 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

Enter your comments here

PMC

November 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

Honestly it’s about time to start naming some sources for Fox Sports. Journalistic integrity does not exist anymore and these allegations are a breach of federal law.

EDawg71

November 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

Funny how 3 proven instances of cheating takes 2 years to surface when UGA is just bursting at the seams with thugs and traffic violators that make the front page of this pitiful excuse for a newspaper. Anyone thinks UGA is the only school with ” discipline issues” think again. Other schools just cover it up better.

Marietta_Gator

November 9th, 2010
1:03 pm

PMC—-change your girly drawers and change your name to PMS

Norm's Panties in a KNOT

November 9th, 2010
1:03 pm

Chan are you kidding?
How many people have an inflated Resume? Did O’Leary do it years before to get a first job nad just never change it? O’Leary’s record as a coach at the time was more than good enough to get the Notre Dame Job.

cattledawg

November 9th, 2010
1:05 pm

I think Mark Bradley is behind all this. He is after CMR and Newton.

I-90 Drifter

November 9th, 2010
1:06 pm

Put a stick in “it” and see if it stinks. Like some of these comments……

Barnes war call

November 9th, 2010
1:07 pm

I am sick of this ‘he is just a kid argument”…. everyone has to follow rules, if you don’t you pay the price.
Time for the NCAA to step in a suspend this punk. That will get some attention.
No one wants to a thugged out cheater win the heisman. everyone else followed the rules, so should he.

AltamahaDawg

November 9th, 2010
1:07 pm

“private student records”. What is that, jiggerish? What language is that? We here in the Athens/Atlanta news region are just not familiar with such obscure phases. Maybe Greg McGarity can shed some light on that being a long time employee of (anybody NOT UGA).

DIT

November 9th, 2010
1:08 pm

Still waiting for some real proff! There is nothing about this alligation. Cam might not be the straightest arrow, but there is no water to this latest story.

Bear Bryant's ghost

November 9th, 2010
1:09 pm

How come nobody called me? At Bammer we pay double! That’s how we got 8 national titles (and made up the rest).

JoshuaBodeen

November 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

Its become almost comical that all of these allegations are coming out at a time when have the #1 QB in the country at the height of his career, leading the #2 team in the country, pretty much has the Heisman within his fingertips. Here’s a kid that’s been given a second chance and is taking full advantage of opportunity but yet there still some beloved idiots that still want to bring him down. Either way, Cam will win the Heisman, he will be a Top 5 NFL draft pick and the rest is history.

Mike Mc

November 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

How does this affect Cam’s status at Auburn? Can he be suspended for something he did at Florida? Not one accusation has surfaced that deals with his role as a student/athlete at Auburn, therefore AUBURN DID NOT CHEAT. Further, let’s put this one to rest. Cam didn’t steal a laptop. He foolishly bought a stolen laptop, which is wrong because he should have known better, but it’s not in the same ballpark as breaking into a dorm room and stealing property. Let’s just settle this on the Field. WAR EAGLE!

Rob in Chapel Hill

November 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

I think that some of this stuff going on with Newton is sleazy and wrong, in terms of allegations about pay-for-play and academic cheating being put out there without any kind of convincing evidence. Seems to me that those allegations are serious enough that you darned sure better be able to back them up before leaking them to the press, or publishing them. So, I feel for Newton in that sense.
But I do have to say I’ve been pleased to see things like his appearance on the cover of SI, and recent photos of all the celebrations after Auburn victories. All seems quite premature to me, since the Tigers in fact have not won ANYTHING yet, in terms of a championship, and I hope this helps the Dawgs on Saturday!
Finally, I must say that all the criticism of Richt and Co, and to a lesser degree, the players, is pathetic, small-minded, and sickening. Be a true fan and recognize that the Dawgs have played extremely well for five games in a row, and yes, I am including the Florida game. They played their hearts out in that game and played very well, and they have nothing to be ashamed of there. Get behind the Dawgs 100 percent, and get a life.

EDawg71

November 9th, 2010
1:11 pm

I read comments coming out of Auburn that Cam wouldn’t be playing if there was anything to these rumors. Uh….maybe if they were 2-0, but 9-0….please. Prediction, AU goes undefeated for the BCS Title, 3 years down the road the NCAA comes down on them (ala Reggie Bush) and the AU fans have something to cry about for another 10 years.

Cam (The Scam) Newton

November 9th, 2010
1:11 pm

So now I have been caught as a thief and as a cheater. So what? I knew Auburn was the only SEC school that would take me after doing all the crap I have done.

AltamahaDawg

November 9th, 2010
1:13 pm

It also cannot have come from Meyer. I mean think about it…Meyer, keeping somebody off a football field? come on!

Urban Creyer

November 9th, 2010
1:15 pm

The only thing we know for certain is Cam purchased a stolen computer, obstructed jutice, and cheated three times at UF. None of these things can lead to a future suspension.