Yet another Cam allegation, this one far more serious for AU

It’s a new day, but the same story. Or, more precisely, the same story with a new twist. Joe  Schad of ESPN.com is reporting that two sources who recruit for Mississippi State claim that Cam Newton, the Auburn quarterback who’s from College Park, and his father Cecil “admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year.”

More ominously for Auburn, Schad reports that Cam Newton called another recruiter to express regret, saying his father had chosen Auburn for him because “the money was too much.”

A tempest has raged around Newton the past week, beginning with ESPN’s original report that the former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond claimed he had been told it would take $180,000 for the player to enroll at MSU. A subsequent report by FoxSports.com contended that Newton had faced charges of cheating while at Florida, prompting angry responses from both Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs and coach Gene Chizik and, in a bizarre twist, a denial from Florida coach Urban Meyer that he had been FoxSports’ source.

But this latest report from ESPN marks the first time the Newtons, father and son, have been linked — even if the link comes via second-hand unnamed sources — to any recruiting malfeasance, and it’s also the first time it has been suggested — even if the suggestion was apparently made by Cam Newton himself — that the family might have received money from Auburn.

And this could change everything. Auburn’s stance to date has been that Newton is eligible to play for the Tigers, but a school cannot allow a player to continue to represent it if his eligibility is at issue. To date it hasn’t been. (The Bond allegations pertained to Mississippi State, not Auburn.) But now it is.

And Auburn, which is ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press poll and the BCS standings, plays Georgia on Saturday. You’d be well advised to stay tuned.

Still more Cam! Even by SEC standards, this latest tempest is mind-boggling.

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Benjamin

November 10th, 2010
9:31 am

RxDawg

November 10th, 2010
9:31 am

Yeh, at first I thought this was a smear campaign… but it’s starting to get ugly. Real ugly…

This is going to be a huge distraction for what was setting up to be a great showdown between Georgia at Auburn this weekend.

RxDawg

November 10th, 2010
9:32 am

Oooo, second and proud of it =D

Mark Bradley

November 10th, 2010
9:32 am

Kudos, Benjamin. (It’s all about the Benjamin.)

SmyrnaMan

November 10th, 2010
9:32 am

The Barn is in some serious trouble

RxDawg

November 10th, 2010
9:34 am

One other thing, Auburn shouldn’t let Cam Newton get anywhere near a media news camera again. Did you guys see his interview yesterday? This guy isn’t exactly oozing innocence.

Benjamin

November 10th, 2010
9:35 am

Look @ Benjamin taking the checkered flag! I’d like to thank my sponsors…

On a serious note, this Cam Newton story is just another disturbing display to me of the shady underbelly that lurks in college sports these days. I am actually a firm proponent of giving athletes a little bit of money aside from their scholarships to discourage some of this. The NCAA makes millions of dollars off these kids and they can’t afford to take their girlfriends on dates, and meanwhile, snakes come crawling out of the woodwork to leech off them on the other end.

I’m not defending Cam or Reggie Bush or any of the others; I’m just saying the fault goes far beyond them, and they [and the schools] are the ones who take the ultimate fall while these sneaky agents and “representatives” get nothing.

dawggirl

November 10th, 2010
9:37 am

This makes me sad. I honestly believed they were trying to take Cam Newton down, just because he and Auburn are on top. I really thought they should just leave him alone. I wanted the focus to be entirely on the game.

I really hope none of these allegations are true. I was happy that even though UGA’s year is shot, that the SEC has a quality representative this year for the BCS NC.

RxDawg

November 10th, 2010
9:37 am

“The NCAA makes millions of dollars off these kids and they can’t afford to take their girlfriends on dates, and meanwhile, snakes come crawling out of the woodwork to leech off them on the other end.”

I concur completely Ben. The motivation for all of this has to be toned down somehow because trying to force them not to just isn’t working. Prohibition anyone?

chiefdawg

November 10th, 2010
9:37 am

Should have went to UGA where he would have been a tight end and never heard from again.

Boses

November 10th, 2010
9:39 am

It will be a sad thing if he doesn’t play and they still beat my DAWGS!

GaDawg

November 10th, 2010
9:39 am

Bet the boyz in Vegas are watching this somewhat intently

The rest of us

November 10th, 2010
9:39 am

How many times is Joe Schad going to be wrong before he has ZERO credibility? Last time I check they’re still having a BIG 12 Championship game in December. This guy is a clown. And no, I’m not an Auburn fan.

Worm

November 10th, 2010
9:40 am

I’ll leave it to UGAVIII..If he bites Cam in the butt after a score-He’s guilty..AKA_Robert Baker.

Brent

November 10th, 2010
9:40 am

This just in, Cam Newton took a candy bar away from a classmate in 2nd grade. Film at 11

Took us Gators 60 years to win SEC

November 10th, 2010
9:43 am

Makes you wonder- usually if people are coming forward, there is something to the story- maybe not all they contend, but something.

Coach Urban Meyer

November 10th, 2010
9:44 am

I deny giving Fox sports any information about Cam Newtons academic records because that is illegal, but you can bet your sweet butt I called the New York Times and told them about the recruiting situation and money talk that happened at Mississippi State!

Herschel Talker

November 10th, 2010
9:44 am

MB:

As long as he plays against the Dawgs and crushes them so Mark Richt can get canned, let’s not stir the pot.

HT

Rob in Chapel Hill

November 10th, 2010
9:45 am

Yes, it’s the same story all right: the AJC reporting what someone else is reporting. Where is the original reporting by the AJC? What is your justification for this? Are you comfortable that Fox Sports and ESPN.com have the quality of information that you would publish yourself? Seriously, I would like to know the rationale. It does matter, does it not? You could actually do a useful thing by waiting until you do or do not have a solid story. I have a sense that Mr. Bradley isn’t all that comfortable with what he is writing, so maybe the editors need to explain their thinking.

DawginLex

November 10th, 2010
9:45 am

This really is sad.

I was hoping that it would all just go away as baseless rumor.

I wanted the UGA/Auburn game to be the focus, be well played and a shining light for college football.

Now it is going to be a weekend filled with rumors and trash being spewed and will take away from what should be a great football game.

I predicted 28-24 auburn. If Newton is allowed to play, he will most likely want to take out his frustrations. UGA’s season has been like that hasn’t it? We are next in line.

Took us Gators 60 years to win SEC

November 10th, 2010
9:46 am

BREAKING NEWS…..LIVE……BREAKING NEWS………
Cam Newton wet his pants in first grade. 1st grade teacher will be guest on Larry King Live tonight. Anderson Cooper 360 will be live from the Elmentary School………..

Benjamin

November 10th, 2010
9:46 am

Exactly, rx.

Any time you take poor kids from rough areas — and I don’t think Cam applies, but there are a lot of college athletes that do — and wave money under their noses, they’re going to take it; further, I’m not sure I would be able to resist, either.

In part due to the setup that currently exists, these “representatives” sneak into their worlds early and the network extends a broad distance. Something needs to be done to punish the leeches while also giving incentive on the other end to keep kids from just chasing the money.

Benjamin

November 10th, 2010
9:47 am

That is what this feels like, Brent. I do agree with that.

Cobb Dawg

November 10th, 2010
9:47 am

Brent, this is is a lot more than a “candy” scenerio.

Lowcountry Bulldawgs

November 10th, 2010
9:48 am

This spells big trouble. I want Newton to play no matter what Saturday, but I hate the distractions as it takes away from a great season for Auburn and if UGA were to win, it provides a built in excuse for Auburn.

UGA Insider

November 10th, 2010
9:48 am

This latest story shocks me! You know when the NCAA starts snooping around they always find something. They are like the damn IRS. I hope UGA plays Auburn with Cam on the field but at this point I will bet anyone that the Auburn win will not count in the end because Newton will be declared ineligible and be forced to vacate the entire season. Which could include the mythical NCG.

GTJeff

November 10th, 2010
9:49 am

I feel bad for Auburn fans. They are nice folks & they seem to be cursed everytime their team does well.

Can’t AGREE with Ben & RX at all. Graduated from Tech 10 years ago & I realize how tough it is for the AVERAGE JOE to go to college. Its EXPENSIVE & these athletes get a free ride. Couple that with the fact that any of them with the talent of a Cam Newton are guaranteed to earn more money in one year than I could in my lifetime playing in the NFL.

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DawginLex

November 10th, 2010
9:49 am

lowcountry,

If UGA beats a Newton-less auburn on Saturday, it won’t be the only game Auburn will lose this year. Try all 10 they have already played.

Could make LSU undefeated and ranked #1 in the country?

Les Miles is actually behind all of this.

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Another Dawg

November 10th, 2010
9:54 am

Bradley, start digging into the federal investigation that’s forthcoming. I’m sure there’s a Bama grad in the Birmingham US Attorney’s office who’d love to talk.

McDawg

November 10th, 2010
9:55 am

play him anyways-nobody but lawyers and journalist care whether reggie bush’s family got money– fans just knew he was the most dynamic football player on the field-same goes with Cam Newton

go dawgs upset in the making-Auburn defense is weak-Richt needs to go for the jugular points points points forget ball control

Smoke/Fire

November 10th, 2010
9:56 am

Too many times when there is this much smoke there is a large fire at the end. You know it, I know it. By the time it is settled out, the player will be in the NFL making millions and the school will get the death penalty for keeping blinders on.

Top Dawg

November 10th, 2010
9:57 am

Selling a jersey doesn’t sound near as bad, does it, Mr. Bradley?

Sanford Drive

November 10th, 2010
9:58 am

His dad made him go to Auburn because “The money was too much”…..

Meaning Auburn offered an amount that couldn;t be refused? OR, he got scared of the strings attached with the money from Miss St???

Which one is it??

Andy

November 10th, 2010
9:58 am

There is no point for Auburn to voluntarily sit Newton now because if the NCAA rules him ineligible they would lose the entire season’s worth of wins anyway. They will deny, deny, deny until the NCAA rules him ineligible. This won’t get settled for a while. He plays on Saturday.

Lowcountry Bulldawgs

November 10th, 2010
9:58 am

Well they will not make LSU undefeated. It will vacate the wins for Auburn but not take away the loses for the opponents. That would not happen.

I would like to know who “they” are in this situation. The unnamed sources hide behind way to much protection at times. Come public and give a little more credence to the claims.

Mark Gray

November 10th, 2010
9:59 am

I agree with most of you talking about giving them a little money but it would have to be monitored very closely. Paying them could definately lead to more corruption. The one thing I do not agree with is most of them not having enough money to go on a date with their girlfriends(maybe a few). I went to UGA and had friends at UF, USC, Auburn and Clemson. At every one of those schools football players we always down town spending money in bars. Also have you seen all the tatoos players have. Tatoos are definately not cheap and they are always dressed pretty nice too. Just a reminder that most are not as bad off as you think.

Dawgwalk

November 10th, 2010
9:59 am

Dangit, please let Cam play this weekend. Auburn needs to stop the heck out of UGA so we can continue on our way to losing to all of our rivals this year, and McGarity can reunite with Mullen. And, Richt can be well on his way to a mission trip.

What??

November 10th, 2010
9:59 am

@McDawg

You’re an idiot. We all care. You can’t have corruption run rampid in the NCAA.

DawginLex

November 10th, 2010
10:00 am

Knowing our luck, his backup is probably Joe Namath’s illegitimate son who was redshirted but will make his first start Saturday and will throw for 400 yards…………

"the money was just too much"

November 10th, 2010
10:02 am

Brent – get a life, the hammer is about to drop on the barn.

War sCam eagle baby!

BamaDad

November 10th, 2010
10:02 am

In your earlier blog, someone posted a link to the Florida county that has a record of 13 traffic and burglary violations by this guy. I like Cam. I love his talent. He’s a treat to watch. But there’s obviously a lot of dirt under his rug. Auburn better have a team of lawyers and investigators the size of its football team cleaning it up/covering it up.

College student

November 10th, 2010
10:02 am

Since when do you take girls out on dates while attending college? Wine em. dine em is for chumps. Take them to a kegger and make sure their gone by dawn taking their walk of shame. Dating in college, HA!

Buckhead Dawg

November 10th, 2010
10:02 am

Methinks Cam is rotten…

All the Auburn fans who couldn’t keep their yaps shut on Monday sure have gotten quiet.

Vixzilla

November 10th, 2010
10:03 am

Hell…..another 500K would have got them a defense too.

The Grinch

November 10th, 2010
10:04 am

I’m sure the Auburn faithful will say this whole sordid affair if Bear Bryant’s fault.

$200,00 QB = death penalty for Allbarn University Football

November 10th, 2010
10:04 am

At least they have a new basketball arena.

Buckhead Dawg

November 10th, 2010
10:04 am

Football players getting speeding tickets, not paying fines, driving on suspended licenses, etc doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?

Sanford Drive

November 10th, 2010
10:04 am

College Football players are ALREADY paid, and very hansomly!!!

Let’s calculate how much their tuition, books, room and board and meals would have cost if they weren’t playing fotball…..