For Cam and Auburn, what the NCAA didn’t say resonates

For SEC championship game purposes, the three biggest words in the NCAA’s statement on Cam Newton were these: “Is immediately eligible.” Over the longer term, three bigger words were tucked into this statement from the NCAA’s Kevin Lennon.

“Based on the information available to the reinstatement staff at this time, we do not have sufficient evidence that Cam Newton or anyone from Auburn was aware of this activity.”

The three massive words: “At this time.”

Just because Cam Newton has been cleared to play Saturday doesn’t mean he has been cleared forever. It doesn’t mean the NCAA can’t and won’t continue to investigate. (It can and surely will.) And if at any time it finds “sufficient evidence” that Newton himself or a representative of Auburn violated an NCAA regulation … well, we know what that means.

Forfeit city.

Folks on the outside have a tough time understanding how the NCAA works. (Folks on the inside do, too.) But the key revelation made Wednesday was that the NCAA had indeed found evidence a rule had been flouted — by Cecil Newton, Cam’s dad, and the scout Kenny Rogers in their solicitation of Mississippi State. This prompted Auburn to declare Newton ineligible and petition for reinstatement.

This is the procedure in every NCAA case. (Georgia’s A.J. Green had to be reinstated after the NCAA suspended him those four games.) That the NCAA acted so quickly, reinstating Newton a day after Auburn ruled him ineligible, was surely due to logistics: Auburn has a game Saturday.

Yes, it’s a big game. And yes, it was awfully convenient that Auburn rendered Newton ineligible on Tuesday, Nov. 30, as opposed, say, to Friday, Nov. 26. (Gee, that was the date of the Iron Bowl!) So far, you’d have to say Auburn has found its version of Ed Tolley, the Athens attorney who has steered Georgia through tempest after tempest the past quarter-century. But that’s OK: If you were a school under scrutiny and your football team was about to play for an SEC championship and then maybe the BCS title, you’d have to be awfully dumb not to hire a smart lawyer.

Newton being rendered ineligible for one day might seem silly, but it served an essential purpose: It forced the NCAA to say yea or nay as to his playing status. It forced the NCAA to tell us, “A violation was committed … but the violation wasn’t Auburn’s.” A lot of folks have hooted down this ruling, saying it opens the door for every prospect to find a relative willing to be his talent broker and take the rap if found out, but the NCAA hasn’t yet slammed this particular door.

I say again: Don’t mistake this reinstatement for absolution. The NCAA didn’t say, “Case closed.” Newton and Auburn could still be held accountable for any transgressions that come to light. (And we know already the NCAA has found one violation involving one Newton.) Cam Newton has been cleared to play Saturday, but he and his school are not yet in the clear. Wednesday’s ruling restored his eligibility at this time, which isn’t to say for all time.

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God Bless America... and no one else

December 2nd, 2010
6:35 am

Herschel Talker

December 2nd, 2010
6:47 am

MB:

Well said. When the truth comes out after many years, Auburn will get theirs. In the meantime, Gene Wojo has a good take. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=5872192

HT

Former Auburn fan

December 2nd, 2010
6:52 am

Married to former Auburn cheerleader…mother in law one too.
Huge Scam cool aid drinkers!! I’ll never go to another Auburn game and see that axxhole blowing kisses! My marriage was in doubt after Iron Bowl, MIL may never talk to me but that’s her problem.
Dawgs need to kick their tail and Trooper Taylors next year!
And don’t even get me started on Trooper Taylor…CMR is just fine compared to those crooks and Scammers!

Snake Plissken

December 2nd, 2010
6:55 am

Please South Carolina, end all the drama this weekend! Maybe then all the facts will be released and UA can get on with their Death Penalty. SMU proved you can come back. What, it’s only been since 1987.

Smoke=FIRE

December 2nd, 2010
6:55 am

The Scam Newton story is captivating and compelling. Great looking kid, heck of an athlete wrap that up with big money and good ‘ole boy deals. Sounds like we have a movie of the week. Man this is a great script. It is in everybody’s interest to deal with the infractions after the storyline has ended. And that is how it will end, LATER.

georgia87

December 2nd, 2010
6:55 am

For all of the non-Auburn fans, it is incredibly difficult to swallow the inconsistent actions of the NCAA in this particular case. Why was the Cam Newton ineligibility reversed so quickly? AJ Green’s dawdled on for weeks, when the facts of the case weren’t in dispute. He sold the jersey. It was not Georgia’s fault, but they had to lose the player and make sure he didn’t participate, else they would’ve had to forfeit the games he participated in. He was punished for contact with an “agent”, a claim that is really difficult to substantiate, even by the NCAA, but Green was assumed to know it. Apparently, that is the reason he was given 4 games instead of the 2 that Marcel Dareus received. Yet, Cam Newton is associated with the solicitation of funds for attendance by his father and the NCAA rules that he had no real expectation of being aware. If you are not an Auburn fan, that is really inconsistent logic. The speed with which it was adjudicated must really make the folk at USC hurt after the Dillon Baxter incident. These and several other reasons are why fans of other teams feel the NCAA and the SEC are protecting their investment in Auburn having a shot at the NC game.

rounder

December 2nd, 2010
7:02 am

This is not absolution. Auburn pressured the NCAA to rule on Newtons
eligibilty immediatley. They did. Those of us in Alabama and even AUBs
know that there is going to be more coming out about this and other
Auburn issues. Enjoy it while you can, Tiggers.

Michael Smith

December 2nd, 2010
7:02 am

georgia87, in what way is Cam Newton “associated” with the solicitation of funds? Is he responsible for everything his father does, including what his father does in secret? Is Auburn responsible for it?

Cam may eventually be determined to be dirty to the core. But based on what is known so far, he is clean. So give it up and stop trying to smear him. Let the facts speak, not your prejudices.

Michael Smith

December 2nd, 2010
7:04 am

rounder, who is claiming the NCAA’s statement is “absolution”?

Wash the hands

December 2nd, 2010
7:04 am

Let me see if I got this straight? Renardo Sydney was in 9th grade and his father got his AAU team some cool tennis shoes and uniforms, takes him to basketball camps and buys him and his team hamburgers while they are traveling to and from games/tourneys. Renardo claims he doesn’t remember the details ( I don’t doubt that, my 15 year old daughter can’t remember what she had for lunch today ). So the NCAA says he and his father has lied to them and for punishment he will have to sit out 1.3 seasons and have to pay a fine of over $10k.
Now, Cam Newton’s dad admits that he tried to solicit $180k, after lying about it, and Cam allegedly says “the money was to much” but his daddy says Cam knew nothing about. So the NCAA rules that Cam is eligible and play on.
Hmmmm!!! Well, I guess in my mind, everything is fair and well in the world of NCAA athletics.

Integrity

December 2nd, 2010
7:05 am

I find it very hard to believe that a player who has a known history of dishonesty, knew or suspected nothing when his father insisted that he go to Auburn rather than Mississippi State. At any rate, what will prevent this same scenario from being utilized by future college athletes? A player can just have a relative/friend/agent bank the money and disclaim any knowledge….and the NCAA might as well close their doors. Quite frankly, if we don’t hear another “at this time” statement from the NCAA, I feel they should be investigated completely as to how decisions are being made. We’ve had way too many inconsistencies coming down from above, and some eyes might be widely opened if all the facts were revealed.

Michael Smith

December 2nd, 2010
7:05 am

Smoke=FIRE, have you stopped beating your wife?

Tiger

December 2nd, 2010
7:07 am

To Former Auburn fan

You sure that you were not the cheerleader? You sound a little weak, like a bama.

Michael Smith

December 2nd, 2010
7:08 am

“Integrity”, did Auburn pay Cam Newton’s father to get Cam to attend Auburn?

Paddy

December 2nd, 2010
7:08 am

georgia87….right there at the end of your post your got it right. $ is the reason.

dawgma

December 2nd, 2010
7:09 am

Congrats AU – you have won the SEC championship and have a Heisman – the NCAA has – again – shown it is willing to expedite problems that effect the bottom line. I actually believe Cam did not know what his dad was doing – HOWEVER – the door is now open for every “arms length” scumbag agent to make offers to colleges “without knowledge” of the player.

Pardora’s Box is open and in the long run AU WILL have their championships tarnished if not forfeited.

sportzfan

December 2nd, 2010
7:10 am

USC and it’s fans are thankful Cam Newton is eligible to play. If Carolina wins, they want to do it with the entire Auburn team in place.

georgia87

December 2nd, 2010
7:14 am

Michael Smith – its right there in the post. He is associated because ti was solicited on his behalf and the individual soliciting was his father. I didn’t state that Cam knew. The point I made was that we have no way of proving that AJ Green knew this guy he sold the jersey to was a runner for an agent. Yet, he was punished because he “should’ve known”. To me, it is obvious that the logic should be consistent. The relationship of seller and buyer is much more distant than father and son. I know that you are an Auburn fan, but you must see that the NCAA has now made it possible to offer kids services on the market as long as you maintain plausible deniability.

MURPHY

December 2nd, 2010
7:15 am

The Evil Genius is in his lab as we speak working up the secret potion to defeat Cam and the boys.

rxdawg79

December 2nd, 2010
7:16 am

Can the New York AC give Reggie Bush his Heisman back now? His misdeeds have just been deemed okay by the NCAA.

SuperB

December 2nd, 2010
7:16 am

There’s a lot of difference between selling fake Rolex watches on 5th Avenue and child prostitution. No matter what the NCAA and SEC says– reinstating Newton under this cloud is all about money. Both need Newton and Auburn right now. Anyone who doesn’t think the NCAA has a double standard has their head in the sand.

Kyle

December 2nd, 2010
7:22 am

Hate is to good of a word for anything or anyone associated with Auburn. Hopefully Fairley blows a knee out in the game and never plays another down of football and we can watch Cam blow him a kiss. Then he can think about that helmet to the back of Murray that could have put him in a wheelchair for life. This piece of sewage has no place on a football field. I hope and pray each day for everything bad to come to this school and people associated with it. pure sewage in my book. This is no longer a rivalry…it is pure detest and hatred.

Ala bama

December 2nd, 2010
7:25 am

Cam has a history of being dishonest but we all know he is past that. He is a man of high integrity. So all you you Cam haters lighten up. This is a good honest kid just trying to get a college education.

MR

December 2nd, 2010
7:28 am

@georgia87
Hey dawgie, AJ received money from the agent runner. Money exchanged hands and that is what got him in trouble. Big difference. At this point there is not evidence that any money changed hands between the Newtons and Auburn. The discussion was with MSU and they refused to carry it forward. Two other schools recruiting the kid said there was not mention of money and nothing show that Auburn paid anything. Don’t let facts get in the way. AJ did the crime and suffered the penalty. If the aligations had been against AU and not MSU then this kid would have been suspended immidiately. Take you 6-6 season like a man and hope for better time next year…Fla. is still in the SEC East..sorry

MR

December 2nd, 2010
7:30 am

Kyle, you are a scum bag. Maybe you will get hit by a bus on the way home.

We Own Bryant Denny

December 2nd, 2010
7:30 am

Yawn. Back to the NCAA story, huh? What I would REALLY like to talk about is 28-27!! Where have all the Bama fans been after we made you submit? Nowhere to be found on these blogs because you couldn’t take your spanking like a man. Ok you ladies. Go at it and keep harping on the NCAA story. Truth is: WE STILL BEAT YOU!!!

War Damn Eagle!!!

MR

December 2nd, 2010
7:31 am

Hey Kyle,
You sound like a loser…with a capital “L”

Big Al

December 2nd, 2010
7:32 am

Give Reggie his throphy back I am sure just because his family had a new house he did not know about it. I have a son that can play so looks like I can make some money. The can of worms is open.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

December 2nd, 2010
7:32 am

It has been reported by an anonymous third party source via text messaging that BRYANT DENNY STADIUM is being renamed JORDAN HARE WEST.

$cam is a $ham

December 2nd, 2010
7:32 am

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Integrity

December 2nd, 2010
7:33 am

Michael Smith, my comment did not state anything about Auburn having prior knowledge of the matter.

MR

December 2nd, 2010
7:34 am

Hey Auburn..please do not beat UGA again. It hurts their feelings and then all they can talk about is how dirty you are and how they own Tech. We all know that UGA does not lose a game unless someone cheated. The SEC is against them and the officials hate them. Other teams players are trying to hurt them. They are so mistreated.

Brooksdawg

December 2nd, 2010
7:34 am

I am not sure but….didn’t Cam WANT to play for Mullen at MState?? Then dad said no your going to go to Auburn, MState is out>>>what kid wouldn’t ask—why can’t I go where I want to daddy? Cam might not have know about the $$ but he was directed by dad to go somewher other than where he wanted to go for (???). Just curious–

VictoryLand

December 2nd, 2010
7:36 am

WHY WILL NO BAMA FAN ANSWER THIS!!!???? What does Julio Jones doing at VictoryLand and where did he get ALL that money for betting? Don’t believe he was there? Ask employees who work at Hyundai in Montgomery! Where does an unemployed football player whose mother has no formal education get money to place bets? Hmmmm…must be those crooked politicians at the Montgomery Capitol whom McGregor was paying to purchase votes for his gambling/casinos, etc.!

MR

December 2nd, 2010
7:39 am

@Brooksdawg..another UGA idiot heard from. If his Dad has let him go to MSU then he would have been suspended even if he did not know the money had been requested. The fact that he wanted to go to MSU but was not allowed to by his father should tell you that the kid did not know. After what his Father and Kenny Rodgers did going to MSU would have been a huge mistake.

and the UGA whining goes on...

December 2nd, 2010
7:40 am

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You guys need to give it a rest. You’re truly embarrassing yourselves. Although it’s true Bulldawgs HAVE cornered the market on bellyaching, this is ridiculous — even for you.

sheesh, pups

Kyle

December 2nd, 2010
7:41 am

MR….you sound like a barner…which means you are sewage. nuff said…

and the UGA whining goes on...

December 2nd, 2010
7:42 am

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You guys need to give it a rest. You’re embarrassing yourselves. While it’s true Bulldawgs HAVE cornered the market on bellyaching, I believe you’ve actually set a new record!

Sheesh, pups — get over it! Move on.

AU in ATL

December 2nd, 2010
7:43 am

If Newton is ruled ineligible, then what’s to stop anybody from claiming they represented a player from a rival team and thus benching him until its sort it out?

BTW, at USC, there actually were benefits paid. Same for AJ Green. Big difference. Both incidents with proof.

The way I interpret it, the NCAA is saying it frowns upon soliciting play for pay, but will lay the hammer if money actually exchanges hands. I have no doubt, if evidence is found that AU paid a dime, the ruling would be very different. Based on the facts as of now, the NCAA got it right.

Aubie in the house

December 2nd, 2010
7:45 am

Let’s see:

Oklahoma wanted Cam but their head coach came out defending Cam and Cecil to say nothing amiss happened during the recruiting process.

Tennessee wanted Cam but their former head coach came out defending Cam and Cecil to say nothing amiss happened during the recruiting process.

Auburn wanted Cam and all of a sudden Bama and Puppy say it had to be the money.

Furthermore, the only argument you idiots have is a third party source saying “the money was too much”. Serious? Who turns down TOO much money? !! You crybabies need to start your own support group and turn off the faucets here in the blogs. We’re tired of the tears.

Saban's Shadow

December 2nd, 2010
7:45 am

Hey MR nobody proved AJ sold to a agent money runner. The guy sells insurance and buys jerseys and sometimes resells them so if he makes money reselling jerseys then he fits what the NCAA calls an agent becuase he makes money off of players. And if you think Cecil did all this without Cam knowing you probably believe he didn’t know the laptop was stolen and just threw it out the window for fun while the police were banging on his door and he was texting his buddy asking for advice or the 13 traffic violations, in 1 year, which if were incurred by GA players you would ask for a death sentence. I guess it was good to finally beat GA once in 5 years even being as bad as you say we are.

Auburn is the Taliban of college football.....

December 2nd, 2010
7:46 am

their coach…their players…their fans

Auburn Man

December 2nd, 2010
7:48 am

Kyle….guys like you are what is wrong with sports fans. Praying and hoping players get hurt is an indication of your own screwed up mind. I feel pity for small minded people like you.

cecil newton

December 2nd, 2010
7:49 am

i’ze jus tryin to make my boy a lil extra spendin money fer the summer

Brooksdawg

December 2nd, 2010
7:50 am

@MR—you are calling me an idiot??
If his Dad has let him go to MSU then he would have been suspended even if he did not know the money had been requested. The fact that he wanted to go to MSU but was not allowed to by his father should tell you that the kid did not know.
Dad wouldnt let him go there because he would be suspended??? They are from College Park, they kept looking until they got their shake dow—-classic.
I for one hope that all this works out for the kid—whether he knew or not….he is awesome on the football field…just hate it DAD tried/did take advantage of the kids ability. I see it all the time in kids sports…

JB

December 2nd, 2010
7:50 am

80 Dawg

December 2nd, 2010
7:51 am

Ok, let me get this straight….. Its ok for an outside { non playing] person to ask for money for my sons services on a sports field, and pay thousands of dollars for his services????? what the Hell ,isnt that a agent ???? . The NCAA has set the worst posible standards they could . Green should of got his mom to sell his jersey, then he would not have been suspended.
And, for the statement that CAM did not know about the deals is not true. He even made the comment that the money was to much at AUB. , thats why he couldnt play where he wanted MISS.

Sean

December 2nd, 2010
7:53 am

To all the haters out there – GET A CLUE.

This does NOT open a Pandora’s box. The key point is that NO MONEY CHANGED HANDS. That means, this does not lead to an open market for shopping kids around.

There’s no point in shopping kids around if NO MONEY WILL CHANGE HANDS.

Duh.

Just because the Georgia team sucks, don’t take your hatred out on Cam.

Kyle

December 2nd, 2010
7:54 am

No Auburn Man…..guys like Fairley that intentionally try to hurt a player….fans that boo a hurt player and a coach that condones it all are examples of screwed up people……

Dave

December 2nd, 2010
7:57 am

80 Dawg – Cam NEVER made that statement about money. That was a rumor.

The rumor was that he said that to a MSU coach – MSU has stated that NONE of their coaches had any conversations about money.

Stop believing the rumors and get a brain.