Ten@10: Mississippi State statement confirms it as source of Cam Newton accusations

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Any doubts about the genesis of all the Cameron Newton accusations were erased Wednesday when Mississippi State issued a statement confirming that it brought the situation to the attention of SEC officials in January. It also explained the timeline by noting that it was unable to provide some information requested until July.

The most important information contained in the Mississippi State release, however, is that NCAA enforcement staff has been and still is involved in the situation.

“Due to MSU dealing with ongoing and time-consuming eligibility issues involving non-football matters in the winter and spring of 2010, the specific SEC request went unfulfilled. Some additional information was provided to the SEC during July of 2010. Once the NCAA enforcement staff became involved, Mississippi State University cooperated fully with its investigation. MSU is confident the SEC office has managed this process consistent with its established procedures and the university is committed to the conference’s ongoing efforts to ensure compliance with SEC and NCAA rules.”

That also corroborates the account of former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond, who said he went straight to school officials after he was approached by former teammate Kenny Rogers about the soliciting Newton’s acquisition for $180,000. It was Bond who first confirmed that encounter to ESPN.com, which broke the initial story.

Unfortunately for Mississippi State, it also makes it the most likely source for the leak of Newton’s academic dishonesty charges at Florida. A story written by FoxSports.com alleges Newton left Florida in the wake of a cheating scandal rather than because of Tim Tebow’s presence ahead of him on the depth chart. The privacy of academic records is protected by federal law.

You can read the statement in its entirety HERE. There are extensive reports at ESPN.com and in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

2. Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee confirmed that his star running back Isaiah Crowell will be visiting Auburn this Saturday and Georgia on Nov. 27 for the Georgia Tech game. Meanwhile, McGee said it is doubtful Crowell will play in Friday’s opening-round playoff game against Pepperell. The AJC Super 11 selection and five-star prospect has missed Carver’s last three games with leg, ankle and foot injuries. McGee anticipates Crowell, who could play if needed Friday, being available for a second-round game if Carver advances.

Crowell (6-0, 210) favors Alabama and Georgia in recruiting. He plans to make his announcement following the Class AA state championship game next month in the Georgia Dome should the 10-0 Tigers win it.

3. Ray Drew told me this week he’s planning to cut down his list of schools significantly in “the next week or so.” The AJC Super 11 defensive end from Thomas County Central currently lists as many 10 schools of interest, including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, FSU, Clemson, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee.

4. Offensive lineman Spencer Region of Cullman, Ala., onfirmed that he is going to take an official visit to Georgia on Dec. 11. That’s the weekend of the Bulldogs’ annual Senior Gala at the Classic Center. “That’s when they said they wanted me to come,” said Region, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound guard who was once committed to Auburn. “I’m looking forward to it.” Region said he is no longer considering Auburn because “I don’t feel that that offense is best suited for me. . . . The biggest thing for me is to get into a pro-style offense. That’s one of the reasons I have a lot of interest in Georgia.” Region said his five finalists are Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He visited LSU and Tennessee the previous two weekends and was in Athens for the Arkansas game on Sept. 18.

5. Witnesses confirmed in court Wednesday that Tennessee freshman defensive lineman Jacques Smith, upset that a female friend was dancing with another man, punched that man in the back of the head and kicked him after he fell to the ground in a bar two weeks ago. Brandon Allen, a 21-year-old UT student, suffered a concussion and cuts on a finger. Smith pleaded guilty to assault charges Wednesday and apologized to  and his family in the courtroom. The misdemeanor charge will be expunged from Smith’s record if he completes community service and an anger management course. Meanwhile, coach Derek Dooley said Smith will not miss any playing time and the matter is being “handled internally.” Smith, who has played in every game, played against Memphis last Saturday, the same week of the arrest.

6. Tennessee freshman receiver Da’Rick Rogers of Calhoun had his first session of the season with media on Wednesday. Rogers, the top prospect in Georgia for the the Class of 2010, scored his first career touchdown on a 22-yard pass from freshman quarterback Tyler Bray last Saturday against Memphis. Rogers admitted that “route running” is the reason his playing time has been limited with the Vols this season. Rogers is expected to be utilized more in the last three games.

7. Continuing on the UT theme, the Vols secured a somewhat surprising commitment on Wednesday when DeAnthony Arnett, a four-star wide receiver from Saginaw, Mich., announced that he plans to sign with Tennessee. Arnett (6-0, 170) chose the Vols over Michigan State and Southern Cal. The Vols return eight receivers next season, including freshmen Rogers, Justin Hunter and Matt Milton.

8. Arnett has actually become good friends during recruiting with defensive back Avery Walls of Eagles Landing Christian Academy. Walls has more than 30 scholarship offers, including one from Tennessee, but said Arnett’s decision would not influence him. “I need to make the best decision for myself, but he’s a great guy and I wouldn’t mind spending my college days with him,” Walls said.

9. Wednesday was the first day of the fall signing period for basketball and other sports and Georgia and Georgia Tech both inked their top targets. The Yellow Jackets received the signed papers of four-star power forward Julian Royal from Milton High School while the Bulldogs were able to make official the acquisition of five-star shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Greenville.

“Kentavious has a terrific future ahead of him,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “We’re really excited about his ability to score from the perimeter. It’s easy to see by his ability and his skills that he’s been very well-coached.”

Said Tech coach Paul Hewitt: “We are thrilled to have Julian join our program, and thrilled to have his family be a part of our program. Our staff, particularly Darryl LaBarrie, did a terrific job in Julian’s recruitment, and we look forward to having him on our campus next year.”

The Bulldogs also secured a pair of post players: Tim Dixon, a 6-10, 215-pound forward from Columbus by way of Oldsmar, Fla.; and John Florveus, a 7-foot, 215-pound center from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa.

Georgia State did not announce any signings on Wednesday though it has several 2011 prospects currently committed.

10. THIS & THAT: Georgia offered Grayson sophomore DT Robert Nkemdiche (6-5, 260), according to Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. . . . Simmons also reports that defensive tackles Quayvon Hicks of Pierce County and Jordan Barge of Grayson will be at the Tech-Miami game on Saturday. . . . Defensive lineman Quinteze Williams, who recently transferred from Westlake to Sandy Creek, is visiting Tennessee this weekend

195 comments Add your comment

BlazerDawg

November 11th, 2010
10:03 am

FIRST!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!! GO VSU BLAZERS!!!!!!!!!!

RxDawg

November 11th, 2010
10:06 am

I guess it’s a pretty good sign when a recruit comes to visit your team… during an away game.

RxDawg

November 11th, 2010
10:07 am

“said Region, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound guard ”

woh! that’s a hoss. Put that man at nose tackle!

RxDawg

November 11th, 2010
10:08 am

“Meanwhile, coach Derek Dooley said Smith will not miss any playing time and the matter is being “handled internally.” ”

I still can’t believe how little press this got and that this guy won’t miss any playing time. Considering what UGA suspends players for this makes me sick…

Chris

November 11th, 2010
10:13 am

First? Thanks for the info as always Chip. Question: what other needs do you see GT having for this recruting class?

Region's a Dawg

November 11th, 2010
10:16 am

1eyedJack

November 11th, 2010
10:19 am

What are they feeding those guys up in Knoxville, raw meat? Those guys are violent.

steven060907

November 11th, 2010
10:19 am

RxDawg-I agree with you on Dooley and also the overblown coverage UGA’s arrest for traffic tickets gets.

German Shepherd Dawg

November 11th, 2010
10:20 am

Why a silent commit?

GT Sambo

November 11th, 2010
10:21 am

Chip obviously didn’t get Lowndes25’s memo that Spencer Region is already a silent commit to UGA. But then I guess if Chip put it in the Ten@10 it wouldn’t be silent anymore :)

collegeballfan

November 11th, 2010
10:22 am

“Unfortunately for Mississippi State, it also makes it the most likely source for the leak of Newton’s academic dishonesty charges at Florida.”

I do not understand this statement. If academic records are private, then the only way they got out was if Florida or the Newton family released, or leaked if you prefer, the information. No one else knew.

Reason

November 11th, 2010
10:23 am

RxDawg, CMR has one of the hardest punishment programs in the country. Does it affect games? Sure it does but you won’t have anyone here give him credit for it.

Take into account since 2008 that FLA has had over 250 ‘traffic violations’ and UGA has had less than 35. Even Tebow’s name comes up yet you haven’t heard anything about that, hmmmm. You get punished at UGA for simple traffic violations but nowhere else.

So you have the police dept working WITH the university at other places and you don’t have journalists going through their trash (yes I know it’s open record) looking for a scoop like the National Enquirer. (not you chip)

Dawggie

November 11th, 2010
10:23 am

@ Chris, How about an offensive cordinator? Last one still believing in the triple option offense to leave please turn out the lights.

Gimmicks are cute and occasionally they work, but to plan an entire gameplan???

Reason

November 11th, 2010
10:24 am

German, UGA has a couple of ’silent commits’. The kids want to announce at their all star games.

Chip Towers

November 11th, 2010
10:24 am

collegeballfan: Miss. State head coach Dan Mullen and some of his staff members were at Florida when Cam Newton was.

RxDawg

November 11th, 2010
10:25 am

Chip reports facts.

Lowndes reports rumors (that just so happen to come true more often the not).

They both bring great stuff to all of us recruitnicks.

Reason

November 11th, 2010
10:26 am

Good point Chip on Mullen but Meyer could have an agenda as well.

RomeDawg

November 11th, 2010
10:26 am

RxDawg,

Your team has to be relevant before it gets any publicity. That freshman class at UT has some winners…if this were a UFC fight.

Worm

November 11th, 2010
10:26 am

Good to see Crowell watching the dawgs next two games..Carver won’t need him against Pepperell.

Chip Towers

November 11th, 2010
10:26 am

Chris: Georgia Tech remains in the hunt for a big-time running back as well as linebackers and at least one more offensive lineman.

Nota Bug

November 11th, 2010
10:27 am

Chris, you mean besides a coach and a college offensive scheme?

GT Sambo

November 11th, 2010
10:27 am

Good to hear that Tech is all over some DL guys. That seems to be our big target for the class of 2012 so far.

ALABAMA fun

November 11th, 2010
10:27 am

Crowell is headed to Athens , this is a clear idication now that he is heading to game on Saturday, Good luck young man, Iam Alabama fun but i respect UGA program its one of the good one in the nation.

Reason

November 11th, 2010
10:30 am

CHIP, heard anything from Rome lately?

GT Sambo

November 11th, 2010
10:36 am

Chip,
Big time running back? Quan Bray is the only big time running back that even list GT among the schools he is considering, I think that is highly doubtful. There’s the kid who committed to UNC, Romar Morris, we might be able to get him back if the NCAA comes down with some penalties on UNC. I don’t know who else is out there, maybe we could swoop in and steal someone like Akeem Hunt (but I don’t know if I’d even classify him as big time).

Old Tackle

November 11th, 2010
10:41 am

It is quite a leap to assume that MSU was responsible for leaking Newton’s academic information, just because Dan Mullen used to work at Florida. It is also quite a leap to assume there is an axe to grind. If a recruiting violation occurs, or is thought to have occurred, it is the institution’s obligation to report it. MSU did that.

GStateBen

November 11th, 2010
10:43 am

Georgia State did receive a signed LOI from Jervon Pressley. He’s signed. Not sure why it hasn’t been announced yet. My guess is a Clearinghouse delay.

He’s ours though. Go Panthers!

JB

November 11th, 2010
10:44 am

With the luster off Bama a little and Tennessee still a year a way or so and Auburn’s mess, Dawgs may end up with a killer class after all….Still 10-12 spots open as i think we sign 25-26 players as the our numbers allow us to do that, heck, maybe the allowed limit of 28 if certain players come on board…….If any of these young receivers pan out, we could bounce back next year with our schedule and win 10 games……

Cobb Dawg

November 11th, 2010
10:46 am

Chip: Sorry, but I have to agree with collegeballfan on this one — it’s a pretty big leap to take MS’s press statement and use it to connect them to the UF cheating leak. I think there are still a few links missing in that chain.

Football Fan

November 11th, 2010
10:49 am

If Miss. State thought Cam Newton was so dirty from when he was in Florida, Why did they recruit him? After all their coach was their while Cam was at Florida. Make you wonder. sound like Miss State is just mad they could not land Cam Newton. Another good question is where is the proof. It is all rumor reports from unknown sources. Last time I check this is America. You are innocent until proven guilty.

GT Sambo

November 11th, 2010
10:52 am

I agree with Chip… It does make MSU the most likely source. That doesn’t mean they did it, it just means that they are an obvious candidate.

Judge Smails

November 11th, 2010
11:00 am

Football Fan…..good thing your moniker is not English major….that would be a riot.

Judge Smails

November 11th, 2010
11:02 am

Looks like “Preacher” Newton must not adhere to the 10 Commandments…..

Vick=Dog killing Thug

November 11th, 2010
11:04 am

Getting excited about the Auburn game then crush the bugs next. LOVE this time of year !

tim

November 11th, 2010
11:06 am

@collegeballfan – Dan Mullen(Head Coach as MSU) was a coordinator at Florida while Cam Newton was there, so the records at florida he would of known about….

ryan

November 11th, 2010
11:07 am

Bama thinks there are going to everyone because they are winning team look at the Voles 0-5 and they got 4 star commit UGA will finish with a strong class i feel a lot better with are chances with Crowell , Drew , Swann , Dickson and Rome .

1eyedJack

November 11th, 2010
11:12 am

ryan, throw in Malcolm Mitchell, Quan Bray and Spencer Region and a surprise flip or two and I’m with you buddy.

gator24

November 11th, 2010
11:14 am

In reply to the Cam Newton story> Is this really what goes on in College Football? Is winning Football games more important to most Universities then educating their students. Are the Newtons this stupid or broke to request money from schools who want their son to attend there. I thought his Father was minister, so much honesty and christian values. I am always skeptical of those so called religious people. Why hasn’t he got his church repaired when all the money they received from Auburn? If only he could have waited four or five years, maybe his son would have a big contract like Bradford or Stafford. H’m neither one of those guys won a BCS championship

Tech Fan Since 1950

November 11th, 2010
11:21 am

It is nice to have something in common with BlazerDawg. The VSU Blazers will be on TV tonight and can win the Gulf South Conference with a victory over West Alabama. Guess what? They would then be in a playoff, one of the most exciting series of events Division I (or whatever it’s called) fans miss every year with the fraudulent BCS. Division II teams get to have a legitimate champion. Anyway, GO BLAZERS! and GO JACKETS!

South GA

November 11th, 2010
11:29 am

David Dean still needs to answer critics that say he has only won with Chris Hatcher’s players

Dawg House

November 11th, 2010
11:31 am

Look,

I wouldn’t dig too deep into the Isaiah Crowell going to a Georgia away game thing. The kid lives in Columbus, so it’s really like UGA game coming to him.

It’s convenient, and I hope he sees a good show. As for the 27th, he has yet to be at a UGA game in Athens all year. Hopefully he gets a grasp on the traditions Between the Hedges, and witnesses a dismantling of the bes.

Dawg House

November 11th, 2010
11:31 am

TheTruth

November 11th, 2010
11:33 am

How would Mississippi State know of any academic problems at Florida? That information is federally protected so, someone from Fla. would have had to release that infor if it is true.

The Bees Nees

November 11th, 2010
11:45 am

Chip you mention previously Tech was still in it for a big time LB, OL, and RB. Does this mean we are out of the picture with the Dtakle from Maryland and Blake Countess the DB.

Bamel

November 11th, 2010
11:46 am

Crowell is going to Bama.

ryan

November 11th, 2010
11:47 am

Dawg House Crowell will be in Athens with his mom when UGA go against Tech along with some other big recruits .

Reason

November 11th, 2010
12:10 pm

Bamel, has Crowell’s mom even been to T Town yet?

1eyedJack

November 11th, 2010
12:16 pm

I’ve been to Tuscaloosa. Kinda like h@ll, just easier to get to.

Totally unfair

November 11th, 2010
12:19 pm

The NCAA needs to have set punishments for every infraction (on and off campus) that a college players commits instead of letting each coach decide. UGA has very strict punishments, while most of the other coaches, including Dooley and Urban, are lax, very, very lax. I can’t believe Dooley is letting the thug play. If UGA did that, every AJC sports writer would be raising ****.

LagDawg

November 11th, 2010
12:30 pm

Chip, why is UGA not doing a better job recruiting RBs or LBs?