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Report accuses Cam Newton of academic cheating while at Florida

Well, it’s all but official now.  Someone is in the midst of a massive behind-the-scenes tear-down project of what Cam Newton’s built over the first ten games of the 2010 season.

Fresh on the heels of a report alleging a six-figure payment was being sought for his services before landing at Auburn, there’s yet another report that casts the Heisman frontrunner in a negative light.

According to Thayer Evans of FOX Sports.com, and citing an unnamed source, there were three different instances of academic cheating by Newton while at the University of Florida.  That, not the laptop incident or Tim Tebow deciding to stick around for his senior season, led Newton to leave the Gainesville school early in December of 2009 and make his way to a Texas junior college.

Newton was arrested for the theft of a laptop from a Florida student’s dorm room in November 2008. He again violated the university’s honor code by putting his name on another student’s paper and turning it in, according to the source. Newton was caught after the instructor asked the real author of the paper why he had not turned in his work, the source said.

According to the source, after the student said he had turned in a paper, he and the instructor went through all the submissions and discovered that Newton had put his name on the paper in question.

Newton subsequently turned in a second paper to the instructor, but it was later found to have been purchased off the Internet, according to the source. The source said Newton was to appear for a hearing in front of Florida’s Student Conduct Committee during the spring semester of 2009, but instead transferred to Blinn College.

Evans, who was one of several national writers to come out recently with a “Don’t vote for Cam for the Heisman” platform, also reports that Newton wasn’t even enrolled at UF when he decided to transfer.  Newton’s father didn’t exactly help his son’s case in this latest imbroglio.

“I wasn’t there,” the elder Newton said. “I cannot confirm or deny. At a time like this, I’m taking a defensive posture.”

Unlike the rumors and speculation surrounding his recruitment, which is still under investigation by the NCAA, the accusations of academic cheating will have no impact on his eligibility at Auburn.

What it does, however, is bring up a couple of questions that need to be asked but will be almost impossible to answer.  Why is this coming out now, nearly a full year after Newton decided to attend Auburn and ten games into a season that could end with a national title for the Tigers?  Perhaps more importantly, who is responsible for it?

It was rumored that Urban Meyer was the impetus behind the first set of allegations coming to light.  These latest accusations seem to point squarely at someone in Gainesville pulling the strings of the media on one whale of a payback/screw job.

Based on emails from a couple of media types this morning, the latest speculation being churned out by the rumor mill, and again this is merely the underbelly of the college football world speculating here, is that Meyer and/or someone associated with the Florida program is pushing this issue in an attempt to get Newton declared ineligible before the SEC title game.  Why?  The Gators have a play-in game with South Carolina this weekend that would give them the SEC East title, while Auburn would represent the West with a win over Alabama.  Obviously, a Newton-less Tigers team would be a much easier path for the Gators to an SEC title and the subsequent automatic BcS berth that would come with it.

Again, this is all just speculation and this is a rumor mill, but…

Move over, Phillip Fulmer.  You may have some competition for the inaugural class of the SEC Snitch Hall of Fame.

UPDATED 11:06 a.m. ET: Meyer has emphatically denied being involved in the Newton situation. “It’s a ridiculous claim and simply not true,” Meyer said late this morning.

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35 Responses to “Report accuses Cam Newton of academic cheating while at Florida”
  1. gncnew says: Nov 9, 2010 9:30 AM

    Character Assassination Much Thayer?

    Wow… so this has what to do with current news other than to make Newton look bad?

    I love the smell of blatant agenda’s at work in the morning.

  2. mathdiva says: Nov 9, 2010 9:42 AM

    Newton is a STUDENT athelte…STUDENT comes first. If there is merit to these accusations, of course they should be considered any Heisman vote; otherwise, they’ll just be taking back his Heisman in 5 years.

  3. mathdiva says: Nov 9, 2010 9:43 AM

    **athlete. Sorry.

  4. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 9:46 AM

    Blitz,
    Considering the fact that you know Meyer controls every facet of the UF football program do you still believe he has nothing to do with this information getting out? It appears to most that it is either him or Mullen.

    As far as the cheating goes I think any college football fan will acknowledge a lot of these kids would not get into college let alone pass a class if they were not athletes.

  5. edgy says: Nov 9, 2010 9:46 AM

    For those people who wonder why these cases are being investigated at a glacial pace, the fact is that the NCAA has 23 — count ‘em – 23 TOTAL investigators to cover all these universities and all these allegations and the represents a near doubling from the 12 that they had 2003. Frankly, they rely on pure luck because if the principals would keep their mouths shut, the NCAA wouldn’t know anything about 99.99999999999999% of what ever happens.

  6. slimcharles1 says: Nov 9, 2010 9:47 AM

    Christ, the NCAA should enact a “Don’t hate the player hate the game” provision for stuff like this. Pathetic. Just like they did with the UNC defense, the NCAA is keeping good players off the field to pretend to have the moral high ground.

  7. cornerdenizen0 says: Nov 9, 2010 10:13 AM

    I know where this conversation is headed. It inevitably leads to how mentally, socially, and academically deficient athletes are. Yeah, I know there will be all the snarky little comments about how free education is wasted on athletes. And some of you will have valid points. But, like most things, it’s not that cut and dry.

    I’m not excusing Newton or any other athlete from their transgressions—academic or otherwise. If this is true, it’s simply unacceptable. But I know for a fact that issues of academic inadequacy do not pertain to just athletes. I also know that athletes don’t have a monopoly on dumb. It may be this generation or it may be a reflection of the school system as a whole, but fact is today’s kids aren’t that prepared.

    My wife taught at a Big Ten School. She would routinely show me papers written by her students—none of them athletes mind you, but “real” students enrolled at a major university. There were basic mistakes in grammar, like not being able to differentiate between “there” and “their,” or “its” and “it’s.” It was pretty shocking.

    Truth is standards are pretty low for college admission—especially in rough economic times. More often than not the bottom line has become: “can you pay the tuition?” If the answer is “yes,” then you’re in.

    If that’s the case for “real” students, then should we really be shocked or outraged when athletes come up short?

  8. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 10:19 AM

    @ SoFlaTrojan

    You have morphed into a rumor monger. I looked at 4 diff blogs after reading your Urban Meyer/UF involvement insinuation and YOU and ONLY YOU are blogging this nonsense. You must be bored. Meyer has nothing to gain and a lot more to lose (credibility with players/recruits)
    to get involved in this nonsense. This has more the smell of someone with different interests trying to sway Heisman voters. Could be an agent involved for all you know.

    I will go on record as saying the Gator football program is no way involved in this. I would be very disappointed and embarrassed as a Gator alum if your “insinuations” have any credibility.
    The Gator Nation does not operate that way and hopefully never will.

    Curious, didn’t see you blogging to me when I predicted USC’s 21 pt demise to Oregon down to the point I believe I stated that the game would change in the 2nd half when Oregon’s speed wore down SoCal’s D. You were quick to point out, twice, your belief that the line of 7 pts validated your opinion and there was no way SoCal’s D couldn’t hold Oregon below their 50+ pts per game scoring avg.
    We all know how that speculation turned out!

  9. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 11:13 AM

    Blitz,

    First of all I do not post on 4 different blogs. Unless you are just talking about 4 different articles on this site.

    With regards to USC vs Oregon you stated that USC would be an 18 point underdog at home. When the line came out it was 7. I have watched USC play and I have watched Oregon play and I in no way think we are on the same level. I never thought SC would beat them and I had no idea what the score would be.

    I never said USC would or would not hold Oregon below 50pts. You are making things up!! I simply called you out on your statement they would be an 18pt underdog at home.

  10. T. Miller says: Nov 9, 2010 11:35 AM

    Um, hello? It doesn’t matter if Auburn, Florida or even LSU goes to a BCS bowl game. The payout gets distributed evenly throughout the conference. If anything the Gators should be trying to avoid a BCS bid to save on travel costs to New Orleans cause the paycheck from the Sugar Bowl is coming in anyway.

    If you’re coming up with insane conspiracies, which I fully support, at least invent a valid motive!

  11. John Taylor says: Nov 9, 2010 11:51 AM

    @ T. Miller: Clumsy writing on my part. That line has been removed.

    Thanks for the gentle nudge. And being a black helicopter fan. :-)

  12. edgy says: Nov 9, 2010 11:51 AM

    T. Miller says:

    Um, hello? It doesn’t matter if Auburn, Florida or even LSU goes to a BCS bowl game.

    **********************

    The funds are distributed after expenses are paid so it wouldn’t matter whether they went or not because they wouldn’t be saving any money. Now, their fans would rather that they went because it gives them a chance to go out and have a little fun.

  13. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 12:33 PM

    The biggest advantage for teams to go to bowl games is the coaches get to keep practicing the team. In some cases an extra 4-6 weeks depending on teams last game and how late in Jan they may play their bowl game. Ask any coach, this is invaluable extra time. This is when they can start putting in new wrinkles for next season and try them out in their bowl games.

    It’s also good for recruiting, being able to tell prospective recruits where they have gone the past 4-5 yrs for bowls. Players get a lot of freebies at these bowl games and some of the bowl gifts are nice.

  14. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 12:46 PM

    Trojan,

    Maybe I wasn’t “clear enough” for you. I was saying that I looked at 4 diff sites that talk about college football and this issue is a hot issue but YOU were the only one on any of the boards trying to insinuate it had something to do with the Gators.

    I did see several posts about how Kiffin & Orgeron were bragging about how much fun they have stirring up “Sh#t” in the SEC. That one should probably get more play and grow some legs seeing how that does sound like good old Lame when he was @ Tennessee.

    JT

    You sure could get a lot of hits, and hell we haven’t kicked around the SoCal family for awhile now. It sure does make more sense that
    Kiffie & Orgeron started this than the Gator football family. Obviously they figure being so far detached from the situation (or is that from playing relevant football games) they will be the least suspect……I say let’s run with it…lmao

  15. dmvdmv101560 says: Nov 9, 2010 12:49 PM

    Blitz4848:

    I will go on record as saying the Gator football program is no way involved in this.
    ===================================

    I’m sure Urban Meyer and everyone else connected to the Florida football program feels a liitle more relieved today knowing that you’re on record stating that they are not involved in this. Who annointed you the spokesperson for Florida football? Just because you are a Florida alum you feel that you can speak for them? With some of the nonsense that you write on this blog I’m sure that Meyer wishes you were an LSU alum.

  16. wwiimarineson says: Nov 9, 2010 12:57 PM

    If it turns out Urban Meyer is involved he should get a new job with Nancy Pelosi and the democrates. He’d be good at Character Assassination.

  17. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 1:07 PM

    Blitz,
    Meyer would not be coming out denying it if I was the only person discussing his involvement. If he is this is a true testament to the power of the CFT website!!!

    dmv,
    I also found it funny that an anonymous blogger who goes by the name Blitz is willing to go one record that UF has no involvement.

  18. John Taylor says: Nov 9, 2010 1:09 PM

    @blitz: If that ever came to light in any meaningful way, it might cause the entire Internet to spontaneously combust.

  19. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 1:19 PM

    Blitz,
    Since you are the voice of the Gators can you explain case number 01 2010 DR 006205
    on the Alchua County Clerk website?

    I do realize this would be way bigger than the Cam Newton story so I assume it is some crazy fan.

  20. edgy says: Nov 9, 2010 1:40 PM

    blitz4848 says:

    Trojan,

    Maybe I wasn’t “clear enough” for you. I was saying that I looked at 4 diff sites

    *******************

    I bet I could go to 4 different sites and find the opposite is true. Why would Urban come out and deny this if there’s no real speculation out there except for him? Really, just how does your view possibly square with reality? Hell, for all we know, it may not be Urban but a few people with intimate knowledge that decided to release this and other info to embarrass Newton and Auburn, which wouldn’t be something that the Gator Nation wouldn’t be above doing, seeing how one of their holier-than-thou alumni created and compiles the Fulmer Cup to personally embarrass the University of Tennessee, which hasn’t come close to winning the Fulmer Cup since it was created.

  21. hawkinsob says: Nov 9, 2010 1:42 PM

    “Why is this coming out now, nearly a full year after Newton decided to attend Auburn and ten games into a season that could end with a national title for the Tigers?”

    —— Are you serious John Taylor?

    All this sketchy stuff about Newton is coming out now for precisely the reason you have identified–that he has become a prominent figure who is in the spotlight and a topic of discussion. You’re surprised by this?

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

    In the real world, Mr. Taylor, sordid details about people’s pasts become topics of converstation AFTER they become famous and are vaulted into the spotlight, not before.

    You seem to have a desire to blame whoever leaked this stuff, which is fine, but stop pretending like you’re surprised that Newton, now that he’s a household name, is being scrutinized. It makes you look silly.

  22. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 2:13 PM

    Edgy

    Want to respond to you but the ONLY words that come to mind to address you are……….
    *************FU%K OFF*************

    Trojan

    Give me a sec to check it out……for someone that so fiercely defended the Trojans no matter how guilty they were you are bound and determined to try to find something on the Gators program.
    Troll on……..

  23. talkanderson says: Nov 9, 2010 2:16 PM

    This leak puts FOXSports.com, Thayer, and UF in jeopardy of a Federal investigation into violations of FERPA regulations. UF is now in danger of its own NCAA investigation. Thayer may think he’s protected by the First Amendment, but not if cases of defamation of character or violation of privacy laws. It also lowers the credibility of all subsequent news agencies to that of a supermarket tabloid.

  24. whatever82 says: Nov 9, 2010 2:20 PM

    @soflatrojan

    Totally not a Gators fan, but I am totally trying to avoid work. If you look up the name of the guy who filed the order, he’s also filed something against a woman related to him, Jesus Christ, and President Obama. I’m guessing those – along with the Tebow one — aren’t legit.

  25. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 2:23 PM

    @Trojan

    Notes Regarding Search Results:

    The case search report you have generated DOES NOT include cases that are not authorized for public disclosure pursuant to Florida Statute, Court Rule, Administrative Order or Clerk’s Office policy.

    A person listed may be a party to a case without being the defendant. They could be the State Attorney, Statewide Prosecutor, Co-counsel, Surety Agent, Victim Counsel, or other party type.

  26. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 2:27 PM

    Blitz,
    I am not bound and determined to find something on the Gators. This story is on about every sports site out there. They were discussing it on ESPN radio when I went to lunch. This story is everywhere and some of the information could only come from Gainesville!! Who knows if it is Meyer or not but someone from Gainesville is trying to damage Cam Newton’s image.

  27. soflatrojan says: Nov 9, 2010 2:32 PM

    whatever,
    I figured it just some wacko. I do know that Jesus Christ does sometimes use the alias Tim Tebow.

  28. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 2:46 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 Booby Petrino.

    This is further proof that the top college football 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.

  29. edgy says: Nov 9, 2010 3:05 PM

    Really classy, blitz. I guess you just don’t like the truth, do you? What makes me laugh is when USC or any other school, for that matter, is the subject, you’re gleefully piling it on and you’re not above throwing in some innuendo but boy, let someone say something about Florida and we have to make sure that someone is monitoring your blood pressure so you don’t stroke out. Seriously, why would Urban be responding to this if there wasn’t something out there SOME WHERE? Also, do you think that the people at Auburn would have some idea of Newton’s cheating OR that it was more likely, someone from Florida? I’m NOT saying Urban or his staff but I would say that it is someone with intimate knowledge because of the number of times cited.

  30. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 3:20 PM

    Edgy

    You are so full of it!!! I don’t pile on any schools, not even SoCal—just KIFFIN—you know the guy whose poster you have up on the ceiling above your bed……so
    Shut the f@%k up……

  31. edgy says: Nov 9, 2010 3:42 PM

    That’s it, blitz, keep it classy….

  32. someonestolesociofan says: Nov 9, 2010 5:17 PM

    Wow. A whole lot of political intrigue and drama, and I was just thinking what a general dirtbag Newton is. A cheat. A thief…why would the NFL want to take on a headache like that later? He will implode.

    Newton is talented, no doubt. But he comes with way too much baggage and unanswered questions about his conduct. I would vote “no” on the Heisman.

  33. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 5:52 PM

    Webster’s definition of classic = everything EDGY is NOT!!!!

  34. blitz4848 says: Nov 9, 2010 5:53 PM

    ***Correction***

    Webster’s definition of classy = everything EDGY is NOT!!!!

  35. edgy says: Nov 9, 2010 6:11 PM

    Forrest Blitz gives us a lesson. Stupid is as stupid does. Run, blitz, run…

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