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Report: Newton’s dad chose Auburn for him because ‘the money was too much’

This Cam Newton situation has officially gotten as ugly as it can get.  Until we wake up in the morning, of course.

While there have been numerous reports over the past several days that have cast aspersions on both Newton and his father, the latest from ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad is perhaps the most damning and damaging to both the player and potentially his current football program.

According to Schad, two sources who recruit for Mississippi State have revealed that the Auburn quarterback and his father Cecil admitted during phone conversations late last year that a pay-for-play plan was in place during Newton’s recruitment last year.

Prior to Newton’s commitment to Auburn, one of the recruiters said Cecil Newton told him it would take “more than a scholarship” to bring his son to Mississippi State, a request the source said the school would not meet. Cecil Newton also referred the recruiter to a third person that would provide more specifics, the source said.

After Newton committed to Auburn, another source said an emotional Cam Newton phoned another recruiter to express regret about his change of commitment from Mississippi State, stating that his father Cecil had chosen Auburn for him because “the money was too much.”

That last line could very well be a significant punch to the gut — or an area a couple feet south — as it heavily intimates that, in essence, Newton’s decision to attend Auburn was bought and paid for by unknown elements that were presumably associated with the school.  Or, does it intimate that “the money situation involving MSU was too much to deal with”?  Or, could it mean something else entirely?  Given how this whole bizarre situation has played out, it’s rather appropriate that the “money quote” in the article is up for debate.

The report went on to state that, after the alleged conversations with the Newtons, MSU compliance officials turned over information, including the alleged phone calls, to their counterparts in the SEC compliance office in January.  It had previously been reported by ESPN.com that former MSU quarterback John Bond was allegedly solicited by a middleman late last year who said he represented Newton’s family and that “it would take some cash to get Cam.”  Bond said he took that information to the school, which sent it along to the SEC offices.  The NCAA has been investigating the allegations since earlier this year.

Cecil Newton has denied being involved in any type of pay-to-play scheme involving his son on several occasions, but did not respond to Schad’s email request for a comment on this latest development.

Auburn, specifically athletic director Jay Jacobs and head coach Gene Chizik, spent most of the day Tuesday vigorously defending the Heisman frontrunner and triggerman for an offense that has the Tigers three wins away from a national title game appearance.  Based on the news that broke Tuesday night, another round of denials will be in order for Wednesday as well.

One final thought, this one on the fact that two Mississippi State recruiters are the sources for this latest report:  MSU had better ensure that all of their i’s are dotted and t’s crossed because, in the free-for-all world that is SEC recruiting, you can be assured that at least one school will do their due diligence and civic obligation in reporting any and all rumors/innuendo/speculation that they’ve kept tucked in their back pocket regarding any bent rules that may litter MSU’s recruiting trail.

Yes, this could definitely get uglier, and not just for Newton.

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  1. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 10, 2010 12:20 AM

    We all know that it will be leaked soon that Urban Meyer pressured his good friend Dan Mullen into leaking this latest allegation, all via Chris Leak.

  2. mgyo says: Nov 10, 2010 1:04 AM

    Cam Newton and his father may or may not have engaged in any wrongdoing. It is difficult to assess the credibility of the “two sources who recruit for Mississippi State” if they are not willing to identify themselves and speak on the record.

  3. Walk says: Nov 10, 2010 1:37 AM

    All of the “money is too much” may well be out of context. In state tuition is half of what most colleges charge out of state residents. Of course its hard to confuse saying “it would take some cash to get Cam” as anything other than what it sounds like, but Mr. Taylor is dead on when he says this is an ugly situation. Please keep in mind though that there seems to be a lot of wrong doing here and this looks to be going a bit sideways and get worse as the multiple parties involved start getting defensive. Without knowing the full story here, which i may never know or at least not know for a long time, i cant help but think there is some personal bias that has lead us to this point. I may well be wrong on the bias point but folks this is an ugly situation , there is no alibi.

  4. rebalynne says: Nov 10, 2010 2:34 AM

    This story is so true. Daddy had a gold mine and got greedy. As a MSU alumni, I can tell you that State has NEVER did anything like this before. Once this is proven, Cam should be expelled from school forever. He’s already accused of cheating 3 times at Florida. He stole a computer, apparently got off on that one. Do we really want another Marcus Vick? Yeah, the OTHER Vick.

  5. tiger87 says: Nov 10, 2010 5:28 AM

    Rebalynne, the fact that you attended MSU, is so NOT true. Maybe you meant to say that you watch all of their games (in the living room of your single-wide, tin foil on the antenna, with a cowbell in your hand) and this makes you feel like it‘s your alma mater. Anyone who has received any form of higher education, would not make statements such as the following….

    “As a MSU alumni, I can tell you that State has NEVER did anything like this before.”

    Not only was your post full of lies, based on other ignorant lies…it was also a grammatical cluster f*ck. If you are, in fact, an MSU alumna, then you are representing them well.

  6. WingT says: Nov 10, 2010 8:17 AM

    Where’s the money trail? 200K will be hard to hide.

  7. spankyomonkey says: Nov 10, 2010 9:02 AM

    sense of entitlement … i see it in basketball too … I could play the race card here but I don’t think I need to … opps .. just did .. you don’t think lebron mom got anything for her “meal ticket” while he was an “amateur” in high school or AAU?

  8. kls05v says: Nov 10, 2010 9:16 AM

    I don’t think Meyer has anything to do with this. If the cheating allegations against Cam are true, then UF and Meyer could only loose by inciting an investigation. Member schools are REQUIRED to report cheating to the NCAA and if unreported cheating went on, why would Meyer increase the chances of unreported cheating being uncovered with an investigation into Cam? And I think that if it was reported to the NCAA, It would have leaked.

  9. dutchman1350 says: Nov 10, 2010 9:26 AM

    Why doesn’t the IRS get involved with these cases? Paying someone $200k either requires a gift tax return, or the newton’s reporting it as income.

    On that note what if the check was made directly to Cecil’s church? Any rules broken in that case?

  10. cometkazie says: Nov 10, 2010 9:37 AM

    Tiger87: “Has never did” is good Bubba grammar, about to be expected.

  11. texasdan001 says: Nov 10, 2010 9:38 AM

    How unfortunate that all of this coverage breaks just as the season hits the most critical point for Auburn. Good luck to this kid for maintaining focus and composure.

  12. edgy says: Nov 10, 2010 10:27 AM

    1. People want to be anonymous for two reason: whistle blower laws have proven ineffective at protecting sources and more importantly, alumni of the universities that have been accused, have been known to retaliate against those who dare expose their universities of wrongdoing (Even if it was true).

    2. 200k is REAL easy to hide (Hell, people hide millions from the IRS). If they use the money to pay bills and don’t spend, spend, spend, they can live comfortably for a year or more until he gets drafted and then it gets lost with his signing bonus.

    3. I don’t think that he’s any more or any less corrupt as the others that have come before or since. Really can’t play the race card when it comes to this issue because LONG before there was an NCAA, white “student-athlete” were taking money from boosters, alumni or schools to play for them and that continued, even after the formation of the NCAA. The running joke when the NFL was formed was that a star player couldn’t afford to go to the pros because of the pay cut that he’d have to take because of all the money was hauling in to stay a “student-athlete.”

  13. proppilot says: Nov 10, 2010 10:29 AM

    rebalynne says:
    Nov 10, 2010 2:34 AM
    This story is so true. Daddy had a gold mine and got greedy. As a MSU alumni, I can tell you that State has NEVER did anything like this before. Once this is proven, Cam should be expelled from school forever. He’s already accused of cheating 3 times at Florida. He stole a computer, apparently got off on that one. Do we really want another Marcus Vick? Yeah, the OTHER Vick.

    Rebalynne……..really? This is the best you have with that MSU education? Perhaps that explains why Cam attends a different university. He didn’t steal a computer……he purchased a stolen computer……there is a difference. With the history you have at MSU, ie Jackie Sherrill, do you really think you have much room to open your trap? Until someone or something shows up with hard evidence and not this “undisclosed sources” bull………..then this is all just a he said/she said saga. Show some evidence and put the issues to rest.

    All things being equal, the program at Auburn is stronger and more consistent giving Cam and other athletes more opportunities and resources at going to the next level.

  14. williamnc says: Nov 10, 2010 10:37 AM

    When will fathers stop living their lives through their children? Like Renardo Sydney, Cam Newton’s father should be tried and convicted of extortion.
    And, the schools involved with paying his father including Florida and Auburn should receive the death penalty for football programs: no bowl games for five years and reduced scholarships as well.
    Then, maybe these schools will understand there are rules of fair paly which they need to adhere to.
    As a former D-1 basketball player, this money for play makes me sick. Is it not enough that a recruit receives a free education which includes room & board, books, summer school, tutors and expense money? These greedy parents and greedy athletes need to lose their scholarship, get expelled from school and their parents brought up on income tax fraud and extortion charges.
    Maybe then, these schools will realize that playing by the rules is more constructive, than receiving a life sentence as a cheating school. The SEC in general makes me sick to my stomach with all the back room deals and cheating. And, it goes on in basketball as well as football.
    I hope the NCAA gets involved here and levels the boom on these miserable schools and their athletic programs.

  15. chiggerticky says: Nov 10, 2010 10:38 AM

    JT, as I read your report, I found myself wondering, “Where have I read this shopping-for-highest-dollar-but-keeping-it-under-wraps thing before?” And it dawned on me: It’s the Rod Blagoyavich story! Wouldn’t hurt the Newtons to contact Blago’s defense team.

  16. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 10:42 AM

    Wow this just keeps getting worse…this is an embarrassment for the entire SEC and probably will result in unprecedented sanctions on Auburn and effect the draft status of Newton….I’m a huge UGA fan and have always known that certain SEC schools play by a different rule book(tenn, auburn, and alabama)…UGA used to but the Jane Kemp thing in the 80’s changed the entire culture of the athletic dept….

  17. usmeagle says: Nov 10, 2010 10:48 AM

    What i find interesting is that you havne’t heard a word about LaMichael James(Oregon running back) earlier this year beating up his girlfriend and getting arrested but yet they seem to put more focus on the SEC and Cameron Newton.

  18. hawkeyesrule says: Nov 10, 2010 10:51 AM

    Just because his dad said it would take more than a scholarship for Cam to attend Mississippi State doesn’t mean he was asking for money for his kid to play football there. Hell it would take more than a full scholarship for me to let my kid go to a crappy school like Mississippi State and he doesn’t even play sports.

  19. John Taylor says: Nov 10, 2010 10:58 AM

    @chiggerticky: Nice. Very nice.

  20. chiefseattle says: Nov 10, 2010 11:00 AM

    I have 3 questions:

    1. Did MSU report to the SEC/NCAA ALL of the things that are now coming out about Newton today from unnamed MSU sources as claimed?
    2. If they did, why has Newton retained his eligibility to this point given that investigators have had at least 10 months to look into this?
    3. Why did MSU continue to recruit Newton after supposedly knowing he was asking for money?

  21. proppilot says: Nov 10, 2010 11:09 AM

    chiefseattle says:
    Nov 10, 2010 11:00 AM
    I have 3 questions:

    1. Did MSU report to the SEC/NCAA ALL of the things that are now coming out about Newton today from unnamed MSU sources as claimed?
    2. If they did, why has Newton retained his eligibility to this point given that investigators have had at least 10 months to look into this?
    3. Why did MSU continue to recruit Newton after supposedly knowing he was asking for money?

    Perhaps……..because none of this is proven at this point? Thus far this has been nothing but speculation and hearsay. Theoretically, the NCAA and the SEC offices were on this as far back as last fall and there was (at that time, to my knowledge) no evidence to implicate either program. The media has already convicted and crucified based on no hard evidence and the bloggers seem all to eager to follow suit.

  22. williamnc says: Nov 10, 2010 11:30 AM

    If all these schools noted in this article knew of the pay for play request from Cam Newton’s father; then, all these schools are guilty of with holding evidence from the NCAA and should be treated the same as Auburn, who probably met Newton’s father’s request for money.
    It’s always the suitor that gets spurned that turns in the greedy athlete. In this case, Mississippi State, Florida and Auburn as well as any other school in the mix for this athlete should be brought under charges by the NCAA.
    I’m always amazed at the greed of parents of gifted athletes. And, yes, most of the ones that are being highlighted of late are black parents. If that’s a racist remark, too bad, it’s a true remark.
    I see so many young black basketball players being manipulated by their parents who have nothing but greed in their intentions. These kids end up placing their names in the NBA draft, not getting drafted or are drafted low, and never make it past the D-NBA level. Now, they have no college education and no basketball career. I feel for these kids who have lost everything due to greedy parents, aunts and uncles and home boys.
    This pay for play is no better than pro scounts and agents contacting prospective athletes prior to the end of their senior season.
    The NCAA needs to do an indebt investigation into these accusations and remedy the problem as soon as possible.

  23. chiefseattle says: Nov 10, 2010 11:42 AM

    Willamnc:

    Do you understand the timeline in all of this? MSU reported all of this stuff back in December 2009. If any of it was true, the NCAA would have said Newton is ineligible by now and Auburn would have received a letter saying they are under official investigation. None that has happened. Someone has a short term agenda of keeping Newton from winning the Heisman and Auburn from the NC game. They are throwing @#$@% against the wall to see what sticks and don’t care if the scheme unravels several months down the road. They are relying on gullible fools like you and certain media hacks to carry their water.

  24. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 11:44 AM

    @ williamnc
    Miss St. DID report this to the NCAA immediately after it happened…and florid knew nothing about..they weren’t involved with the recruiting..all the other stuff u said was right on though…

  25. supportyourpresident says: Nov 10, 2010 11:46 AM

    I feel bad for this kid. He is just the face and the talent behind an agenda that may not be his own. I don’t know if it’s his own parents, I hope not… A greedy agent or somebody whose been watching him for years like a hungry vulture circling his prey for years then pounced on the first opportunity to make money. The press needs to not make this kid a villian. He is a young man, playing a game he loves and most likely will get paid to play it so back off. Young black men have very few opportunities to land them millions to support their families fresh into adulthood so let him do it. Don’t ruin it. Punish his supposed support group. He didn’t cheat. He probably has a good heart and even if he knew what was going on, was convinced it was the right thing to do by someone he trusted. The millions of dollars these kids make for these universities they should get a little money in their checking accounts… not millions but enough to live, by books, eat, etc. Thats another debate for another time. Cam Newton, I stand with you. I also feel bad Reggie Bush had to give up his Heisman because he probably had the same type of supposed support group. Guys, keep your head up, watch those who try to be to close to you even family, watch the yes-men and keep on keepin on. I’ll be routing for you Cam, except when you play Alabama… Roll Tide! My brother goes to Auburn, sister went to Alabama me, I’m Crimson and White but with you on this issue. Get it Cam.

  26. supportyourpresident says: Nov 10, 2010 11:50 AM

    One more thing. If anyone has a right to be angry it should be the Mississippi State University. They’re beef is legitimate and actually they could probably take it to litigation because in the very beginning they lost an outstanding ball player because of this breach in the rules. Still, adults in Cam Newton’s life knew what was going on and should be held accountable. Wanted to add that.

  27. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 12:05 PM

    @ chiefseattle
    Go back and look at the USC investigation…it took years for the NCAA to report its findings…it takes awhile to build evidence…auburn has known about this investigation since july…all this crap started in dec. of last year before Cam Newton was Heisman front runner…he got big and was put under the microscope and all this junk started coming out simple as that…there isn’t a conspiracy here…

  28. shareef2679 says: Nov 10, 2010 12:12 PM

    SMH, were these reports when Cam was unknown and D. Robinson was the front runner for the Heisman?

    In addition, I think it’s sad how the NCAA allows the colleges to profit from star athletes; yet if they receive money, tickets, or attend a party given by an agent there in the wrong. You can tell me Cam Newton’s Return on Investment has not exceeded the cost of his tuition! Most of the players are not recruited as student athletes! Charlie Weis graduation rate was high, but the wins were low, so he was fired! This happens every year in NCAA sports. Let’s just keep in all the way real and move on.

  29. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 12:18 PM

    @ Deb

    Here’s some info–Newton was ARRESTED & charged with 3 felonies….they were deferred & dismissed because he was considered under the youthful offender program.

    He transferred while he was suspended from Florida’s team. Newton was arrested and charged with three felonies in November 2008 for being in possession of a stolen laptop and throwing it out a window when police came to his dorm.

    The charges were dismissed through a deferred prosecution agreement.

  30. chiefseattle says: Nov 10, 2010 12:24 PM

    superfbfan,

    Again, I say, why did MSU continue to recruit him up until signing day. They knew all of this stuff firsthand and didn’t need an NCAA investigation to tell them whats what. It’s because they thought he was OK, even knowing what knew and reporting it to the NCAA.

    And, if there’s no conspiracy, why is all this irrelevant crap about parking tickets and federally protected academic information coming out now if there’s not someone working behind the scenes pursuing an anti Cam agenda.

  31. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 12:25 PM

    For those of you that shouted that UF and Urban Meyer were guilty of the leaks and it was obviouse they were or WHY would they deny it try reading this>>>>>>>>>>

    Urban Meyer says he is supportive of Cam Newton
    by Jason Lieser

    When Foxsports.com reported that former Florida QB Cam Newton left the school in the middle of an academic cheating scandal, Gators coach Urban Meyer quickly released a statement saying he was not the leak.

    But who was accusing him? No media reports or credible news outlets implied or directly stated that Meyer was the source of the information.

    So why did Meyer believe it was necessary to issue his statement?

    “I didn’t; my SID thought it was important,” he said on his teleconference this morning. “I had no idea what was going on. Obviously, we’re locked in meetings all day. I didn’t want to do it, to be honest with you, but I felt that—whatever they tell me to do, I’ll do.”

    Did he hear anyone accuse him of leaking private academic information?

    “Not really,” he said. “I’m going to talk about South Carolina and move on. Appreciate it.”

    Meyer opened his teleconference by saying his team’s attention is on Saturday’s home game against South Carolina (7:15 p.m., ESPN), which will decide the SEC East.

    He also addressed the Newton story without being asked.

    “I was very supportive of Cam when he left here, and Cam and his family know that we wish him all the best,” he said.

    Newton, a junior, is the team’s best player and has been the consensus favorite to win the Heisman for at least a month. He is the SEC’s leading rusher at 114.6 yards per game and most efficient passer with a 182.8 rating. He has scored 16 touchdowns and thrown 19 touchdown passes.

    Foxsports.com reported that Newton, a Heisman Trophy candidate for No. 2 Auburn, was to go before a student judicial committee for allegations of cheating and could have been expelled if he had stayed. Newton transferred to junior college before facing the committee.

    The report said Newton was caught three times for cheating in class and would have been at the mercy of Florida’s Student Committee. He was alleged to have turned in another student’s paper and a paper that was purchased from a website.

    Newton has said repeatedly he left Florida because he was stuck behind former Gators star Tim Tebow.

    He transferred while he was suspended from Florida’s team. Newton was arrested and charged with three felonies in November 2008 for being in possession of a stolen laptop and throwing it out a window when police came to his dorm.

    The charges were dismissed through a deferred prosecution agreement.

  32. gamustangdude says: Nov 10, 2010 12:33 PM

    I love everyone’s concern her for Newton and his Family. I also love all the “The guys deserves It” and the “What do you expect…” comments. These all seem like great comments, however are missing one key detail. Did Cam Newton ever admit to or did his father ever admit to doing anything. Was there a trial or something that happened in never ever land that went on, because all I see our accusations without and facts. I’m glad most people here can make decisions based upon accusations. But for me, I’ll take the proof please.

  33. soflatrojan says: Nov 10, 2010 12:33 PM

    Sounds like Cam is going to be suspended today.

    Blitz,
    Not saying Meyer was the leak but that article you posted means nothing. Florida did leak the information about the tests.

  34. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 12:36 PM

    @ chiefseattle
    Cam Newton did not sign on singing day, which is in feb. Cam Newton enrolled at auburn in jan. this was reported in dec…the initial reports stated miss. st. did in fact stop recruiting Newton once they reported it to the NCAA…

  35. teedraper says: Nov 10, 2010 12:43 PM

    Everyone knows these SEC schools and most big time schools pay players.

    I just don’t understand the audacity of the MSU nor Florida.

    Pot calling the kettle black is exactly what this is.

    How can MSU throw stones when they live in glass houses.

    I also think Auburn is going to suspend Cam Newton bc the Auburn game has been taken down on every sports betting website that u can think of.

  36. dhardy8207 says: Nov 10, 2010 12:58 PM

    200k would not be hard to hide.. If he took money back in say December he could have it tucked away long enough for Cam to make his presence known and then move on to the NFL. After that his dad could spend 200k in a month and no one would be the wiser. I know I can blow 100 bucks a week on just a couple of dollars her and there.

    If he took money then he’s probably got it tucked away, they might need to look into recent home improvements, safes aren’t hard to install.

  37. chiefseattle says: Nov 10, 2010 1:17 PM

    superfbfan,

    I missed those initial reports that stated MSU did in fact stop recruiting Newton once they reported it to the NCAA. Can you tell me where to find them?

  38. tryagainplease says: Nov 10, 2010 1:28 PM

    i guess i’m just a cold-hearted bitch but i don’t get the ‘awww poor cam’s on this at all. now, if (and that if seems to get a little bit smaller every day…) everything is untrue that’s been alleged- of course he’s getting the shaft and yes he could possibly lose the heisman because of that… but he’s still going to make huge dollars when he goes pro, and it seems to me more and more every day that money means a lot more to the newtons than does some trophy.

    my point is, if he’s guilty and it’s proven to be so, he deserves all this and more. we already know about the laptop incident and if the cheating is true (which i believe since cam himself didn’t even deny it) then it should be pretty well accepted that he’s a bumbling fool- maybe not a hardened criminal but still no squeaky clean angel above reproach especially in light of the other allegations of pay for play.

  39. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 1:33 PM

    If this is all true then he would be a prostitute and his dad would be his pimp………

  40. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 1:39 PM

    Well you got a computer in front of you!! look it up…your saying that MSU shares guilt and they obviously don’t…MSU did not report Cam Newton to the NCAA..they reported Mr. Rogers..when Rogers asked about money…they said no…reported it to the NCAA and ended all contact with Mr. Rogers which basically ended the recruitment…duh! Less then three weeks later they get a phone call saying he’s going to auburn because “its too much money”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5765214

  41. chiefseattle says: Nov 10, 2010 2:23 PM

    superfbfan,

    There’s nothing in that story that says MSU stopped recruiting Newton once they reported it to the NCAA. You’re like all the rest: throwing unsubstantiated rumor and innuendo against the wall and hoping something sticks. You have given in to the mob mentality that has prevailed in this case the last few days and are helping to destroy a young man’s season and reputation with NO FACTS to back up ANY allegations of wrongdoing. Give me the “money quote” and source that says MSU stopped recruiting him once they reported to the NCAA – or shut the @#$@ up!

  42. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 3:20 PM

    Wow dude really? “Bond reported the contact to Mississippi State, which in turn called the SEC and stopped recruiting Newton.”
    have fun with your conspiracy theories loser…remember all i’m doing is defending Miss St…they clearly have no involvement in the illegal recruiting going on here so obviously there are schools out there that play by the rules…they reported all this before cam newton committed to auburn…
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/2010/11/09/2010-11-09_recruiting_probe_throws_auburn_quarterback_cam_newtons_heisman_trophy_candidancy.html

  43. foxiroxi says: Nov 10, 2010 3:32 PM

    I would agree with chiefseattle. There is nothing that has proven at this point, that has been released to the public at least.

    The comment from Cam’s father that it would take “more than a scholarship” for him to let Cam go to MSU doesn’t necessarily mean that he wanted money. Who knows, his father may have had a huge adversion to Cam attending MSU all the way around and it was just a figure of speech. There may not have been anything that MSU could provide that would have gotten his father to say it was okay to go there. We just don’t know. The quote may very well have been taken completely out of context. How many times have we all said “Well it will take a lot more than ____ for me to ____” without it actually meaning we were asking for something? Basically, he could have said “He’ll go to MSU over my dead body” and it would have meant the same thing. The 4 word quote by itself doesn’t prove ANYTHING!

    The quote of Cam saying “the money was too much” could have been from Cam’s family not being able to visit or go to his games because it would cost his family too much money since MSU is farther away than AU is from his hometown. If you look at the 3 schools that Cam was looking at (MSU, OK – he visited on Dec 11th, and AU – he visited on Dec 18th) AU was the closest to home and would cost his family the least to be there to support him. On Dec 23th Cam’s dad announced that he wants his son to attend AU. Then Cam offically announces he’ll go to AU on Dec 31st. That’s a pretty quick turn-around from Cam’s 1st visit to AU for any type of $ talks to get ironed out. I just don’t buy it.

    Honestly, it seems to me that Cam’s father just wanted his son close to home and all of these so-called quotes have been taken completely out of context. I hope that the allegations aren’t true because Cam has done a lot since he got to AU to turn his life around and it would be a huge shame for anyone to rip that hard work out from under him. I don’t care who you are or who you are a fan of. He is still a human being!

  44. chiefseattle says: Nov 10, 2010 4:13 PM

    superfbfan,

    The whole scenario Weiss lays out as fact in this article has since been discredited by none other than Bond himself. In an Atlanta talk radio interview last Friday, he said he never talked directly with Rogers but with another unnamed intermediary who claimed another unnamed intermediary said someone was offering Newton. Hardly convincing evidence to base a story on, much less crucify a player and school having a phenomenal year. And Rogers says he hasn’t talked to Bond in over 20 years and had nothing to do with this story. And as for the money quote, Bond never said they stopped recruiting him and no one at MSU has said that, so where does Weiss come off saying that? You’ve drunk the kool-aid because you’re Georgia and you don’t want Cam in the game this weekend and there’s nothing I can say that will change your mind. We’ll all have to wait and see how this plays out. I think it’s shameful, though. And by the way, I dont have a dog in this fight – I cheer for the Huskies.

  45. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 4:15 PM

    @ foxiroxi
    Don’t be so naive…Blinn Junior college is in Texas and Gainsville Florida are further from Atlanta Ga but Newton went to those schools…Cecil Newton needed money to save his church and used his son to obtain it…as an SEC fan i wish and hope this isn’t true…it makes the conf. look bad…but being an SEC fan I’m not naive to the fact that this sort of thing goes on…this investigation is going to last several years…

  46. gamustangdude says: Nov 10, 2010 4:25 PM

    @superfbfan,

    With those comments you’re probably not an sec fan. Naive isn’t the word i would use here in your case, it’s more along the lines of ignorant.

    “Cecil Newton needed money to save his church and used his son to obtain it”

    The most ingorant comment ever made on CFT. Congradualtions for showing all of us how ignorant you are. Bottom Line…Innocent until proven guilty. Nothing Naive about that.

  47. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 4:30 PM

    @ chiefseattle
    I am a UGA guy and I want Cam to play and play great…it will make the victory that much sweeter:) and John Bond has a solid reputation and had nothing to gain by making the allegations other then it was the right thing to do…btw my whole fam lives in Spokane and are big husky fans…

  48. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 4:39 PM

    @ gamustangdude
    This is a blog and I can say whatever I want…freedom of speech nothing Naive about that smarty pants…btw ignorant means uninformed or lacking knowledge…you don’t think this gives the SEC a huge black eye?? well then you sir are ignorant…

  49. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 10, 2010 4:42 PM

    @gamustangdude:

    People in glass houses …

    gamustangdude says: “The most ingorant comment ever made on CFT. Congradualtions for showing all of us how ignorant you are.”

    Not even close on your congratulatory spelling there, friend.

  50. foxiroxi says: Nov 10, 2010 4:42 PM

    @superfbfan,

    I am not naive. Cam’s family would not need to go to all of his games for Blinn Junior college, when a football career there wouldn’t get him far. However, when playing for an SEC team where Cam would have a major shot at doing something great, of course they would want to go. Maybe, just maybe, the year that Cam was at Blinn in TX proved to be too much for his Dad, and Mom, and they wanted him closer to home. YOU don’t know and neither do the rest of us.

    There has been nothing that has come forth proving money went to the church. Some reports have even shown that the church had the money in hand before Cam even went to visit MSU and they were already obtaining some of the building permits. IF that is the case, then your arguement is totally off base and slanderous! Until proof is provided you shouldn’t say things like that.

  51. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 4:46 PM

    gamustangdude says:
    Nov 10, 2010 4:25 PM

    Congradualtions for showing all of us how ignorant you are.
    _____________________

    That would be “congatulations”—-makes your statement fit you as well—roflmao

  52. blitz4848 says: Nov 10, 2010 4:47 PM

    got myself—congratulations–still lmao

  53. gamustangdude says: Nov 10, 2010 4:49 PM

    Ok, you’re right you are allowed to say whatever you want. And given the fact you are not close to Cameron nor his family nor anyone in the NCAA investigating, guess what… you are uninformed / lacking knowledge, you don’t know what happened. You, my friend, are making an assumption. Does it put a black eye on the conference? I don’t think so, why should it. Now if it turns out that he is in fact guilty. Then it will, but we don’t know that yet, and assuming we know simply because “ you’re not naive to the fact that this sort of thing goes on,” is an ignorant statement.

  54. gamustangdude says: Nov 10, 2010 4:50 PM

    wow i misspelled a word, i would feel bad about it, but it’s a blog children. But thanks for correcting me.

  55. gamustangdude says: Nov 10, 2010 4:54 PM

    Guess what you did Blitz4848, you also typed to fast in a poor attempt to shit on me. so now that you corrected yourself, does that make you less…roflyao. back at ya

  56. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 4:57 PM

    @ foxiroxi
    Slanderous!! haha this stuff has all been reported so me repeating it is not slanderous…and don’t give me this ‘he’s a good kid’ crap we don’t know him and all we do know is that 1) he stole someones laptop 2) he allegedly cheated 3 times at UF 3) he allegedly accepts cash not checks!!…where there is smoke there is fire…don’t be naive haha…i understand that he’s innocent until proven guilty but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it…thats what the comments space is for….

  57. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 5:06 PM

    @ gamustangdude
    that is not an ignorant statement…several schools have been busted for paying players this is fact!! your living in lala land dude…welcome to ultra-competitive SEC where some schools will do anything to win…

  58. stooker says: Nov 10, 2010 5:24 PM

    If, and I repeat if, there was a pay off an Auburn Alumni could have easily footed the money without anyone else knowing including the school. Just a thought.

  59. foxiroxi says: Nov 10, 2010 5:43 PM

    @ superfbfan,

    Again, it is slanderous to in the manner in which you are saying it. It has been reported as “allegations” which is not slanderous. It’s a different story to be running around saying that he’s guilty and his dad is guilty and his dad is using his son for his own benefit, etc. I’m not going to say that Cam hasn’t done things, or allegedly done things in the past that weren’t good. The only one that you mentioned that we know of as fact was the laptop. However, the laptop was several years ago. The cheating thing has not been proven and was 2 years ago. The money thing has certainly not been proven, and definitely hasn’t been proven that Cam or his family were involved and not victims themselves of some type of scam. People do change and grow up. Since you don’t know him either you can’t say that he hasn’t. Has anyone gone and looked up his record at Blinn? What was he doing between FL and AU? Was he trying to get his act together? Who knows maybe his Dad wanted him closer to home to keep tabs on him this go around. We don’t know. But wouldn’t it be a shame to think that a young man was trying to turn his life around and people like you were just trying to keep him down? That’s what’s so sad about this. If you take out the pay for play allegations (since it hasn’t been proven that he was aware of it) then his record is clean between FL and now. He works with the elementary school children every week, without fail, in Auburn and is trying to set a good example for once. I’m not totally naïve to think that it’s impossible that these allegations are true, but I’m also not so cynical to believe every report that comes across the internet to be fact and that everyone out there has ill-conceived plans to rip off everyone. I would like to believe that all people are capable of changing for the better and refuse to crucify him without concrete proof.

  60. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 5:59 PM

    @ foxiroxi
    “The only one that you mentioned that we know of as fact was the laptop.” look at my post and you’ll see i used the word ‘allegedly’ other then that i hope your right and nothing comes of this and it was just Rogers trying to get some bucks for himself…I believe John Bond, he had nothing to gain by reporting Rogers…i believe Cam Newton was used and btw the FBI doesn’t get involved unless something bad has happened…

  61. superfbfan says: Nov 10, 2010 6:10 PM

    Serious question: how can the NCAA obtain financial records of a private individual and his church?? Does the NCAA have to obtain a court order?? how does that work..thanks

  62. foxiroxi says: Nov 10, 2010 7:10 PM

    Well apparently they asked for them and they voluntarily turned them over.

    Regardless of all of the allegations his skill on the field proves he is an amazing player and whole thing is a crying shame!!!!

  63. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 10, 2010 10:19 PM

    @gamustangdude:

    You didn’t just misspell A word. You misspelled ignorant, too. All in trying to call somebody else ignorant. I agree with blitz, roflmao.

  64. gamustangdude says: Nov 11, 2010 6:39 AM

    @myopinionismorecorrectthanyours

    So you’re saying ignorant isn’t a word? Yet again you’re attacking my spelling. If that’s all you got, that doesn’t worry me. But you obviously have no clue to what the WORD ignorant means, so I’ll let you have your laugh while everyone else laughs at you. And with a name like yours, you’re not in a position to correct anyone on any spelling, grammar, or punctuation

  65. edgy says: Nov 22, 2010 5:32 PM

    its all gonna be ok

  66. edgy is a 13 year old boy says: Nov 22, 2010 5:34 PM

    much better

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