Iconic Cam goes to the combine, but what’s this about a tape?

Cam Newton throws for the NFL folks, not particularly well. (AP photo)

Cam Newton throws for the assembled NFL folks, and not particularly well. (AP photo)

Over the weekend Cam Newton went to Indianapolis and did himself no favors. Cam Newton arrived at the NFL combine  having already offered a quote that made him sound less like the anchor a franchise seeks and more like … Justin Bieber?

To Peter King of SI.com: “I see myself not just as a football player but as an entertainer and an icon.”

Also this, to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports: “I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I did something in one year people couldn’t do in their whole collegiate careers.”

Which, you’d have to say, sounded a tad arrogant. Then Newton ran for the assembled scouts and team execs and, you’ll be shocked to learn, ran pretty fast. Then he threw, which went less well. (He completed 11 of 21 passes, which is OK if you’re working against a real defense, which Newton wasn’t.) He also sought to deflect media inquiries about his wayfaring career, saying: “I’m not going to entertain anything that’s in the past. I’m all about the future.”

Speaking of that which Cam prefers not to speak: The latest development, if you care to call it that, regarding Newton and Auburn involves a tape Alabama entertainer/radio host Scott Moore says he has heard in which Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, discussing how much various schools were willing to pay for his son’s services as player/entertainer. The tapes are said to have been made by Mississippi State boosters John Bond and Bill Bell. According to Moore, Cam Newton was in the room during one taped exchange, although there’s no word on whether he identified himself by saying, “Hi, this is Cam, and I’m an icon.”

According to John Pennington of the invaluable Mr. SEC.com:

The word is spreading now that Moore will play the audio recordings on his new radio show in two weeks.  Now, what kind of guy would try to build up an audience for the release of potentially groundbreaking news?  Somebody trying to build up ratings in order to get his fledgling show into syndication (which Moore has admitted is a goal of his).  It’s called a stunt.  And this has all the makings of being just that.

For the record, Moore’s Web site — MooreVoices.com — features this description of himself and his talents:

Scott W. Moore is renowned for his college football acumen and uncanny ability to impersonate over 70 celebrities, sportscasters and college football coaches. He is sure to keep your audiences laughing with hilarious takes on Bobby Bowden, Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, Pete Carroll, Bob Stoops, Ron Zook, Nick Saban, Pat Dye, Lou Holtz, Keith Jackson, Bill Clinton, George Bush and more!

One question: In addition to the always hilarious Bob Stoops, does Scott W. Moore now do an impression of Cecil Newton?

It’s hard to know how to take this. On the one hand,  you have one entertainer (Moore) saying he has heard a recording of a conversation for which another entertainer (Cam) was present. On the other, Auburn inoculated itself from Cecil Newton’s pay-for-play solicitation to Mississippi State by insisting Cecil’s son had no knowledge of any overture to anybody. The NCAA bought this defense. Would a tape that puts Cam in the room, so to speak, change the NCAA’s mind? If so, what would happen to Auburn’s BCS title?

Cam Newton told reporters he didn’t go to Indy to talk about the past, a phrasing that sounded a bit too much like Mark-McGwire-on-Capitol-Hill for comfort. It could well be that Newton has a long and prosperous NFL career as both player and entertainer, and when he’s done we’ll still be trying to sort out his one year at Auburn.

By Mark Bradley

279 comments Add your comment

Buck Commander

March 1st, 2011
10:10 am

Another one!!

Mark Bradley

March 1st, 2011
10:12 am

BC is the RD. (Real Deal.) Kudos.

sCam Newton

March 1st, 2011
10:16 am

Shame on Auburn, shame on the pathetic “Preacher” Cecil Newton. I hope he gets his in the end.

Eric Smith

March 1st, 2011
10:17 am

I’m telling everything now!

David Granger

March 1st, 2011
10:17 am

Good points, Mark. But the fact that Moore bills himself as an “impersonator” sure gives Cam and his father a lot of “wiggle room”, no matter what’s on the tape. Cam’s stint at the combine shows that he’s a very good athlete, but not necessarily a great passer. And it also proves that the best thing he can do is to keep his mouth shut about being an “entertainer and icon”.

el logen boookser

March 1st, 2011
10:18 am

I think he is innocent. At least he isn’t tweeting recruits and trying to scare them away from the school that I am completely obsessed with. My girlfriend is also pretty ugly.

Auburn Cat

March 1st, 2011
10:21 am

I’m coming out of the bag. It’s filthy in there!

Trooper Taylor's Backwards Hat

March 1st, 2011
10:22 am

Does anyone out there actually believe that Cam didnt know he was being shopped? Seriously?
And does anyone actually believe that an associate of Auburn didn’t pay?
C’mon man…

“chest bump!”

O-well

March 1st, 2011
10:22 am

More BS…kill the trees and now all of a sudden a new tape. Whats next? Get over it.

Andy in Blairsville

March 1st, 2011
10:24 am

Christian Ponder made Cam Newton look stupid this weekend.

WDE (We Deny Everything)

March 1st, 2011
10:26 am

You got nuthin’ on Cam. He graduated from AU in one semester. He’s clean, I tell ya, clean!

SMH

March 1st, 2011
10:28 am

@TTBH…….. I couldn’t have said it better myself!!

Jim

March 1st, 2011
10:30 am

Wow, lots of the AU people sure are getting defensive. Scared?

Paul H

March 1st, 2011
10:32 am

WDE – We Deny Everything. haha

The trees are dying and soon the football team will also

March 1st, 2011
10:34 am

I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I did something in one year people couldn’t do in their whole collegiate careers…. (collect $200K).

Tick Tock

March 1st, 2011
10:34 am

The clock is ticking.
The NC banner will come down faster than the Toomer’s trees.

All In ! (hot water)

March 1st, 2011
10:35 am

Where are all the barners today ???? come out come out wherever you are

Crumpy yum yums

March 1st, 2011
10:35 am

Wow they are going to loser their NC before the rings are ordered!

Soooooooooooo barners?

PTC DAWG

March 1st, 2011
10:37 am

To the Trooper’s comment above…. +1,000,000.

Dumbo

March 1st, 2011
10:37 am

In 2 weeks there won’t be tree safe in LA!!!!!

MikeP

March 1st, 2011
10:37 am

Scott Moore, confirmed bammer and Auburn hater, has quite a legacy. One time, while he was in the Birmingham jail for spousal abuse he called the Paul F-bomb show to “tell on Auburn” and how the Tigers were going on probation. That was six years ago. Great source there, Mark.

Anybody that actually listened to his appearance on that show knows there are more holes in his story than are in a swiss cheese.

By the way, I don’t know why the negative reports about Cam Newton’s workouts were the ones quoted. Gil Brandt, among others, says Cam helped himself immensely at the combine. Brant says it will now be a huge upset if Cam Newton is NOT the first overall pick.

And, uh, according to NCAA president Mark Emmert, the deciding factor in the Cam Newton eligibility determination was that no money changed hands. Cam’s knowledge, or lack of same, was mentioned but as always the MONEY was what mattered and the Newtons did not get any.

A.J. Greene had to sit out four games because money changed hands. Cam Newton did not have to sit out any games because no money changed hands. See how easy it is to figure out?

Crumpy yum yums

March 1st, 2011
10:39 am

“Hi, this is Cam, and I’m an icon.”

I also killed the Auburn football program.

Lewis

March 1st, 2011
10:40 am

Mark, follow this story closely. No one, other than auburn fans, believed that Cam didn’t know he was being shopped. This tape, if it exists, will eliminate any doubt that Cam knew. Then both Cam and father Cecil will be known liars and everything they have ever said about this issue has to considered false. Dez Bryant recommends against lying to the NCAA. And then the NCAA can also decide if evidence of a money trail exists to get him to go to auburn. And brother, the NCAA doesn’t have a very high burden on that one.

Chi Town

March 1st, 2011
10:41 am

Barners going down.

Crumpy frisky.

DawginLex

March 1st, 2011
10:43 am

It’s gonna take more than this to convince me

Cecil Moneybaggs

March 1st, 2011
10:44 am

Folks I’m innocent

george

March 1st, 2011
10:45 am

Mark,
If you are gonnna report a story like this you might want to report the MOST IMPORTANT FACT notice I said fact in the case. All you have is what one guy (who admits to be an auburn hater clamis) FACT is the NCCA heard these tapes BEFORE they reinstated Cam Newton. It never ceases to amaze me how you journalists go for ratings/viewings over facts. You are no better than Cecil Newton himself.

headley lamar

March 1st, 2011
10:46 am

Anybody who believes Cam didnt know what was going on is either

1. An Auburn homer
2. An idiot

Take your pick.

Hirsutedawg

March 1st, 2011
10:47 am

MikeP no need to try and infuse AJ Green with your Scam Newton stench. AJ did wrong and paid the price. When it’s all said and done Scam & The Preacher Man (great name for a band btw) will have all the ‘barners singing the blues.

headley lamar

March 1st, 2011
10:49 am

A.J. Greene had to sit out four games because money changed hands. Cam Newton did not have to sit out any games because no money changed hands. See how easy it is to figure out?

Money doesn’t have to change hands. All you have to do is ask for money and your ineligible.

Cams Dad did and I believe he knew about it. If he did he was ineligible last year.

Pretty easy to figure out.

Worm

March 1st, 2011
10:49 am

Hoping Auburn gets burned over this situation and their “all-in”, Auburn “Creed” attitude..
Public opinion is certainly against them.

Goldberg's

March 1st, 2011
10:50 am

Barn cant spin this one anymore with any tree sobbing stories.

McDawg

March 1st, 2011
10:51 am

sounds like he is more suited to be a tight end in the NFL

El Azteca

March 1st, 2011
10:51 am

Chicken Nachos here are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo yummy.

GTBob

March 1st, 2011
10:52 am

Between this and the RB who just got kicked off the team for talking to HBO, it seems something might come out soon. There has been way too much smoke around this story for their not to be fire.

Joycee Banicheck

March 1st, 2011
10:55 am

Were does Oakland pick in this draft? Cam seems destined for the black and silver…

Crumpy yum yums

March 1st, 2011
10:56 am

Where are the Allbarn fans today? Come out you dirty rotten no good delusional cheating loser barners.

They must be at Goobers corner praying for the trees to come back.

ALL IN!

Hankie Aron

March 1st, 2011
10:57 am

I contend as I have all along that eventually all the facts will come out and Auburn, not Cecil Moneybags and Cam, will pay the price for their banner year. Although I have to say this Moore guy isn’t someone who seems credible.

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
10:57 am

I predict another 10 page blog. Easy formula, eh Bradley?

Charlie Sheen is the REAL icon... not sCam Newton

March 1st, 2011
10:57 am

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND BARNERS… now bend over & take it like a man.

How we love to hate

March 1st, 2011
10:59 am

headley lamar…it don’t make a damn what you believe…where’s the facts and who made u Judge and jury?
I’m not for Auburn and I’m not a idiot..I believe in our system of innocent till proven guility. Like Joe Friday would say ” Just the facts sir”.

Jason

March 1st, 2011
11:01 am

For those of you keeping track of the Auburn spin at home, I think this tracks the excuse-o-meter to date:

1) Story of pay for play breaks in early November: “It’s all b.s. Bunch of crap; everyone is jealous of our season.”

2) Kenny Rogers goes on the record about Cecil shopping Cam: “Cam and Cecil knew nothing about this. Rogers is a lowlife looking for a payday.”

3) Cecil then admits that he shopped Cam and NCAA concludes Cecil shopped Cam: “Cam knew nothing; no money changed hands. His sorry father made a mistake but Cam didn’t know.”

4) Continued rumors and now a set date that tapes will be released showing Cam had knowledge he was shopped: “No money changed hands; Scott Moore is a lowlife looking for a payday; we won it on the field.”

Keep spinning auburn fans; no one believes your story. Lying to the NCAA is a bad idea. Cam did not go to auburn for free.

Oh, and work on those excuses about the NCAA investigating your recruiting in Louisiana (see Fox sports story) and Arkansas.

Hankie Aron

March 1st, 2011
11:03 am

Mark- You do realize that your alma mater’s football field is 1 “A” away from being called Cam Newton field?

DC

March 1st, 2011
11:04 am

If he has the tapes…prove it. Don’t drag this out for 2 weeks. I am calling bull on this. I’ve been hearing about this guy way too long. Everyone wants their 15min of fame.

As far as the combine goes…who cares he went 11 for whatever. Who were the receivers he was using? How fast are those kids…there are alot of intangibles while doing the combine..hence why so many top QBs dont do it…they wait till pro day at their school.

GTBob, review the hbo special coming out..you’re little off on what they are going to be talking about.

Also, how is AU the bad guy? Guy said nothing about AU giving money on those so called tapes…but if they are true and comes out then AU will have to forfeit the title b/c of what went on with Miss st. NOT AT AUBURN.

The Major

March 1st, 2011
11:04 am

Of course Mark doesn’t tell the whole story here. NCAA has heard the tapes, these were around in November. Why would any decent redneck Bammer hold the atapes this log?

It is a publicity stunt and if not it only furhters implicates Miss St.

Now the big question is how fools (UGA fans) really believe that UGA doesn’t cheat at all? Please every school has athletes getting some type of under the table benefits. If you don;t think so, then you are a real fool.

Giggs

March 1st, 2011
11:06 am

Giggity giggity goo!

Mark Bradley

March 1st, 2011
11:06 am

And Cam Newton won on C.M. Newton Field, as I recollect.

Trooper Taylor's Backwards Hat

March 1st, 2011
11:07 am

I wish Auburn fans would just come out and say “We know we cheated, but we don’t care. It was worth it to beat bama and win the NC.”
That is exactly what they are thinking. Just say it AU people… Just say it…

“Chest Bump!”

Charlie Sheen is the REAL icon... not sCam Newton

March 1st, 2011
11:07 am

The Major -

you foolish barner.. how can you honestly think auburn did nothing wrong?

face reality… & go cry on the goobers corner trees… they need the water.

ALL IN!
War $cam eagle

David

March 1st, 2011
11:08 am

very good point George. And to add to your list of FACTS about this newest allegations since these UGA idiots only like to look at facts when it will turn out in their liking.
1. Auburn is NEVER mentioned in any way shape or form in the tapes.
2. In fact it is UT (vols)that is mentioned for offering Cecil $ 200,000 but he was willing to give state a 10 percent discount. Have you heard one single word about the Vols????? Me neither. SHOCKING.
3. Quoting from moore himself,” I THINK Cam was in the room”