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Meyer emphatically denies role in Newton imbroglio

As the Cam Newton soap opera continues to dominate college football headlines, Urban Meyer is denying in no uncertain terms that he isn’t a part of the production.

The latest chapter of the Newton saga involves alleged academic cheating while at Florida and that the current Auburn quarterback was facing expulsion from the school early in 2009.  That single-sourced report was written by FOX Sports.com‘s Thayer Evans, who reportedly has a more-than-casual friendship with Meyer.

That relationship served to add some significant fuel to the roaring rumor mill fire, that Meyer is behind the push to leak disparaging information about Newton.  It also forced the Florida head coach to issue a swift denial of the speculation.

“Our entire focus right now is on preparing for our biggest game of the year against South Carolina,” Meyer said. “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.”

While this latest report would have no impact whatsoever on Newton’s eligibility at Auburn, the school felt the need to release a statement this morning, a subtly blistering attack on those who have “stoop[ed] to that level… in tearing down a young man’s reputation.”

“In the past 24 hours, a lot of allegations have surfaced that date back two years ago and further,” AU athletic director Jay Jacobs said. “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.”

Regardless, what this boils down to is an apparent smear campaign and hatchet job all rolled into one embarrassing attempt at character assassination.  The timing of these unnamed sources suddenly crawling out of the gutter woodwork nearly two years after the fact tells you all you need to know about a situation that smells as bad as any that’s hit the national landscape in years.

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23 Responses to “Meyer emphatically denies role in Newton imbroglio”
  1. henryd3rd says: Nov 9, 2010 12:09 PM

    The only adverse reaction that Newton faces may come from the Heisman Committee? Should Auburn win out Newton will no doubt be a top five first round draft pick in the NFL Draft as well as a millionaire. Can you spell $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    A blind man could see that Meyer or one of his staff leaked that story; but I wonder how many of his current players have been given the exam answers and it not ever come to light. This entire episode sinks to high heaven

  2. jpryan06 says: Nov 9, 2010 12:10 PM

    Note the lack of a denial that he did cheat… The classic: “I can’t believe someone would make that claim” non-denial denial.

    Cam Newton is eligible to play at Auburn academically… because we allow him to pass his underwater basket-weaving class…

  3. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 12:26 PM

    @henry

    A blind man could see that Meyer or one of his staff leaked that story; but I wonder how many of his current players have been given the exam answers and it not ever come to light.
    —————————————–
    It’s real easy to hide behind a keyboard and make baseless assertions about something you don’t have a clue about.
    Your own words back at you. Even a blind man can see you are “pi$$ing in the wind”. If you make enough anal statements maybe even you will start believing your own BS!!!!

  4. buckeyeboy says: Nov 9, 2010 12:44 PM

    @henry

    i would love for your favorite nfl team to draft newton in the top 5 of the draft lol

    you can have him, he has some talent, but he is so far away from being nfl ready

  5. jerseygator15 says: Nov 9, 2010 1:37 PM

    Interesting stuff going on about Cam. After the Gators take down the Gamecocks, the SEC Championship is set up for a probable Gator vs. Auburn matchup. Interesting stage to rehash all the Cam stuff again in CBS primetime.

  6. hawkinsob says: Nov 9, 2010 1:46 PM

    Why does John Taylor think that the “timing” of this stuff is surprising?

    All this sketchy stuff about Newton is coming out now for the simple reason that he’s a household name now (which he wasn’t 6 months ago). He’s gotten really famous, so people are talking about him.

    Was this stuff supposed to emerge as a hot topic when he was at Binn College and nobody knew who he was?

    Details about people’s pasts become topics of converstation AFTER they become famous and are vaulted into the spotlight, not before. Pretty simple.

  7. John Taylor says: Nov 9, 2010 1:54 PM

    @hawkinsob: who said anything about being surprised? Disgusted would actually be a better word to attach to my reaction.

  8. dkhhuey says: Nov 9, 2010 2:15 PM

    Interesting story with tons of potential twists and turns. I certainly would not be a surprise at all to find out that Myer holds grudges and is somehow involved with leaking this type of info. That’s just my opinion, I could be wrong

  9. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 2:32 PM

    I will say again….use your common sense. Meyer has nothing to gain and a whole hell of a lot to lose by getting involved in this BS…..who do you think he is anyway……Lame Kiffin?????

  10. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 2:51 PM

    Just heard on PSEN that Les Miles told Nick Saban that Jim Tressel told Bob Stoops that
    Joe Paterno said Mack Brown knows Urban Meyer knew Lane Kiffin said hello to Mark Richt
    when Kirk Ferentz saw Bobby Petrino.

    This is further proof that the top college football
    coaches in America are conspiring to overthrow the NCAA and take control. This was confirmed and reconfirmed by TMZ, National Enquirer and the SoFlaTrojan blogging syndicate whose company spokesman named Edgy validated this for publication.

  11. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 3:02 PM

    Blitz,
    Go to the medicine cabinet and reread your prescription. I think you might be to many of your meds!

    You are really losing it today!

    Telling people to use common sense…really.

    Common sense says a story about Cam cheating at UF came from a source in Gainesville.
    It appears Meyer has a relationship with the reporters who are writing these stories.

  12. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 3:14 PM

    Trojan you are laughable….let’s hear you make any plausible case that Meyer would get involved in this.

    Your idol, Kiffin is roflhao in SoCal because of the crap he has started in the SEC leaking this story.
    Kiffin has always been jealous of Meyer and tried to start problems when he was at Tennessee and now he is back at his old tricks again.
    I knew Kiffin would miss the limelight and it was only a matter of time before he tried to instigate and get his name back in the news. That’s what happens to “wannabe coaches” who are mired in obscurity and need to be relevant…….

  13. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 3:24 PM

    Blitz,

    Do I just have to do better than your story about how Kiffin is involved?

  14. WingT says: Nov 9, 2010 3:56 PM

    Blitz, I just can’t see a Kiffin connection even though I would love for there to be one.

    If the cheating allegations are true then where else other than Florida could that information have come from?

  15. heatherlco says: Nov 9, 2010 4:46 PM

    Personally, as an Auburn fan and graduate, I’m feeling a growing sadness that is interrupting my joy. I’ve waited so long, it seems, to have my enthusiasm for our team reignited, after years of reminding myself, “It doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things” and “It’s just a game – why get upset?”. I’ll tell you – I love this kid, Cam, and he has generated so much positive enthusiasm for the program – words cannot express how my heart sings when I hear the band strike up War Eagle each time he does something spectacular -what a feeling!! So with heaviness, I read the flurry of articles that are raising questions and pointing fingers regarding his past and present ethics. Even if Cam is cleared of all charges, it is the cloud of suspicion that will likely do the most damage. My sincere hope is that this exceptional athlete, who is able so blessed and capable on the field, is able to do the same for his long-term reputation off of the field.

  16. talkanderson says: Nov 9, 2010 4:46 PM

    UF sources deny these allegations. Cameron Newton was never brought before any committee for rules violations. The information in question appears to be completely fabricated and baseless. Thayer Evans has previously attempted to smear the reputation of recruits using single-source hearsay and innuendo. I’m surprised that FOXSports allowed the story to run considering the liability issues related redisclosure of Federally protected student information — which appears to be completely false anyway.

    Do not believe everything you read. Consider the source. Repeating this story across the web does not make it more accurate.

    I think NBC Sports (and all the other news agencies that are repeating this garbage) need to man up and retract their postings and publicly apologize to Cameron Newton and his family.

  17. blackman2 says: Nov 9, 2010 5:10 PM

    John Taylor writes this crap, then pretend to take the high road by calling it a smear campaign and a hatchet job. Yeah John, it is! By you!

  18. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 5:47 PM

    SoFlaTrojan

    You should be more accurate never told anyone to F off except your twin Edgy. Which I guess you took personal as well being the “twin” that you are.

    The Gators get enough recruits, currently ranked 4th as normal so they don’t need to do that.

    As you well know Kiffin needs to stir up the SEC conroversy because as he and USC are now irrelevant USC has lost their national recruiting niche so Kiffin has found a way to try to cause problems in the SEC.

    It appears USC’s new president and AD Haden have had a “closed door meeting” to try to reign Kiffin back in and remind him the university cannot afford him to embarrass them any more.
    Kiffin is now in hot water with the trustees and the school admin and he has let it be known that he and his dad could be available to coach in Jerry’s palace next yr. I expect he will be moving on now that word is leaking out on several sites as to Kiffin being the behind the scenes “snitch”.

  19. John Taylor says: Nov 9, 2010 7:01 PM

    @blackman2: you’re not a very bright individual, are you?

  20. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 7:04 PM

    Blitz,

    Its very obvious you do not know a thing about USC. This goes beyond your fictional story about a closed door meeting.

    USC can still recruit nationally thehave a verbal from kent Turene out of Ft. Lauderdale, they also have a verbal from the #1 punter in the nation who is from Louisianna. Oh an DeAnthony Arnett is set to announce tomorrow and USC is very much in it for him(Michigan).

    The more of your posts I read the more I realize you have no idea what you are talking about.

  21. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 7:57 PM

    Blitz,
    Since your last post about USC not recruiting nationally DeAnthony Arnett from Michigan has committed to USC.

  22. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 11:26 AM

    @ Trojan

    Hook, Line and sinker…………ROFLMAO

  23. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 4:32 PM

    SoFlaTrojan

    Where do I start. Getting a punter as your only lock down recruit east of Nevada isn’t much of a national recruiting footprint.
    Arnett Anthony is less than a 50% chance of going to USC and I’ll bet you anything you want to wager Turene decommits as soon as the high school football season ends. Turene himself has been quoted that he wants to open it up and visit other schools. It looks pretty good that he wants to take a trip to your city rival, UCLA, and that would be a real kick in the teeth if he went there.

    To say USC has lost some of their national recruiting footprint is factual based on the amount of 4 & 5 stars they used to get across the country. Granted the scholarship limitations play a part in that but my statement was accurate as it applies to USC today. The more I read your blogs the less I tend to take what you say at face value.

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