What, you thought you’d get through the rest of the day without at least one more Cam Newton? Yeah, good luck with that.
Of all the questions that have arisen since word broke that the NCAA was in the midst of an investigation into the Auburn quarterback’s “situation” — and there have been many, many, many of them — the one that has seemed to disturb some the most involves what appears to be a time discrepancy in the myriad reports. Specifically, if Mississippi State was aware of an alleged Newton representative soliciting money in a “play-to-play” scheme in December and reported it to the SEC in January, why did it take until July before any type of official action was taken on the situation?
This evening, Mississippi State has released a statement which attempts to explain why it took so long from the time they first reported the Newton “issue” to the SEC to when they actually got around to speaking to officials from the school and, ultimately, the NCAA as part of its investigation. Here’s the statement in its entirety:
Mississippi State University acknowledges that it contacted the Southeastern Conference office in January of 2010 regarding an issue relating to its recruitment of Cam Newton.
Shortly after the initial call, the SEC office requested specific information to include interviews with involved staff from MSU.
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.
Well, that certainly clears things up.
In fact, all it’s done is add any number of questions to what’s already a mountain-sized pile of them. Specifically, why the hell specifically did it take six months for the school to comply with the SEC’s request for information and interviews? The football staff and compliance people were so busy between January and July they couldn’t find the time to answer questions regarding a matter they themselves turned into an issue by turning over the initial information? And then in July, just as the preparation for the 2010 football season was kicking into high gear, they suddenly found the time to meet with not only SEC officials, but cooperate with NCAA investigators as well?
Nope, nope, nope. No, no, no. That dog don’t hunt.
This is a situation that stunk to high heaven before this evening. All this statement did was add unnecessary stank, and opens MSU up to a whole other round or rounds of questioning.