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Report: Newton’s dad admits to soliciting money

This story hit after we shut it down for the night last night, but we’ll go ahead and address it now because, well, because it’s all Cam, all the time right now dammit.

On the same day Mississippi State acknowledged in a statement that the school “was approached with an offer to provide an extra benefit… [d]uring the recruitment of a football prospective student-athlete” — becoming the fourth person/entity to go on the record confirming a pay-per-play plan was in place — a television station in Atlanta reports that Cam Newton‘s father admitted to an unnamed source he had sought money in exchange for his son’s talents.

A source close to the situation exclusively told Channel 2 Action News investigative reporter Mark Winne that the player’s father, Cecil Newton, has admitted having conversations with an ex-Mississippi State University player about the possibility of under-the-table money if Cam Newton signed to play football at Mississippi State, though he’s steadfastly maintained that no money ever changed hands and said no official at Mississippi State ever made such an offer.

According to Winne’s source, Cecil Newton said his son’s hands are clean, and has made it clear that Cam Newton himself and his mother knew nothing about the money discussions, nor did Auburn University, with whom the Westlake High School grad from College Park eventually signed with out of junior college.

WSB-TV in Atlanta described the source for their report as “someone close to the situation”, and the source acknowledged sympathies on the Newton side of things.

Given the stories that have come out in recent days, the intent behind this new “development” is clear: ensure that Cam Newton‘s hands are clean and place every last morsel of blame at the feet of Cecil Newton, with the hope being that this will be the mitigating factor — Cam Newton knowing nothing — that will keep the Auburn quarterback eligible.  The mere solicitation by Newton’s father could be a violation of NCAA bylaws; if Cam Newton was unaware of what his father was doing, that may be enough to keep Auburn from being forced to sit down the Heisman front-runner until the NCAA rules on his eligibility.

To be quite honest, this account from the “source” is a brilliant stroke of genius, whether it’s true or not.  Just brilliant.  This story has very likely blunted the impact made by Kenny Rogers‘ interview, Mississippi State’s statement and the myriad other rumors that have exploded over the past couple of days, all with one click of the “publish” button.

Again, brilliant.  In fact, given that it appears the father did indeed attempt to profit off his son’s on-field ability, it’s likely the brightest off-field thing anyone connected to the Newton camp has done in the past 12 months or so.

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  1. WingT says: Nov 13, 2010 8:47 AM

    What will the penality be, if any, for Cam?

    Is it likely that the NCAA can wrap up the investigation before the end of the season?

    The good news is he probably gets to play today.

    Come on Auburn, beat Georgia and get to the SEC Championship game – I want to see you play Florida :)

  2. louisianafootballfan says: Nov 13, 2010 9:27 AM

    So the question becomes, would this negate Auburn’s season and take them out of the national title hunt? I don’t see how you could prove that Cam knew nothing, just as you can’t prove that he did know what was happening. Based on the Reggie Bush issues, do you think that the NCAA would err on the side of caution and proceed with the theory that wrongdoing by Cam’s father equals wrongdoing by Cam and makes him ineligible?

  3. omniusprime says: Nov 13, 2010 9:29 AM

    The sins of the corrupt preacher father are also the sins of the deadbeat thief son, face it these two criminals are birds of the same corrupt feather. Let’s hope that the NCAA gets to the bottom of this sad case of pay for play that’s ruining college athletics and punishes both for their crimes against the NCAA. Let’s find out how the corrupt preacher daddy got the money to fix up his decrepit church with a failed flock of fools who are too easily fooled by a corrupt preacher!

  4. pryor4heisman says: Nov 13, 2010 9:46 AM

    Cam Newton is a dirtbag. Everyone knows he is dirtbag and will be suspended.

    Have fund getting getting recruited by Jerry Jones you wasted of skin…

  5. blakebuchanan87 says: Nov 13, 2010 9:51 AM

    I’m confused as to how people continually think Cam is a thief. He comes off as a kid that made a stupid mistake of buying a laptop from a sketchy person and then another one by chucking the laptop out the window. And now it sounds like he’s a victim of an extortionist father who might as well have named his son “Meal Ticket Newton.”
    Either people are misinformed, jealous, or only take joy in watching people fall from grace. In any case, it doesn’t make much sense to me.

  6. superfbfan says: Nov 13, 2010 9:59 AM

    @ WingT
    C’mon man! Last week he was saying this never happened and today he’s saying it did happen but Cam knew nothing about it?? But then there’s the alleged Cam quote “it was too much money”…sorry that dog don’t hunt

  7. pfromytown says: Nov 13, 2010 10:03 AM

    I’m confused with John thinks this is genius for a source to admit an NCAA violation? Whether or not it was Cam or his father soliciting money for a committment Cam is the one who is held responsible. It is very clear that even the solicitation of money by anyone associated to the athlete is an NCAA violation and will have some ramifications. I do not see how Auburn can continue to play him without being penalized at some point.

    Even if this was all that Cam’s Camp did (I think they got the money from Auburn, see Daddy’s church home makeover) he would likely face a suspension in the realm of 4 games like others that have made mistakes in their past. Not to mention lying to the NCAA gets you stiffer penalties so I would think unless his dad admitted it earlier the penalties would knock him out at least the rest of the season.

    Its going to be fun watching this blow up either on Auburn or the whole BcS if he keeps playing!

  8. superfbfan says: Nov 13, 2010 10:18 AM

    @ pfromytown
    Your right…when its all said and done there may not be an Auburn football team for a couple of years…there is more on the line for Cecil Newton then just Cam’s eligibility…if he did indeed accept money he could be going to jail…with the FBI involved if there is a money trail they will find it…the Newton’s aren’t aren’t too bright if you’ve been following the story…

  9. pmm0455 says: Nov 13, 2010 10:41 AM

    None of this surprised me once I found out Cecil Newton was a Reverend. This is a sad sad world when you can trust neither your church nor your government.

  10. evieo says: Nov 13, 2010 10:47 AM

    I think Cam’s academic cheating and risk of expulsion at Florida is indicative of his character. Playing football for payola does not then seem to be a stretch. It seems consistent with his character.

    Reminds me of Watergate – what did the President know and when did he know it. Such a defense only works for awhile. Then the truth comes out and there is H*ll to pay.

    Look out Cam and Cecil. The devil is at your door!

  11. overratedgators says: Nov 13, 2010 11:19 AM

    I had really been trying to reserve judgment on this story until I had more facts, but I have to admit: this ain’t looking good.

    louisianafootballfan: I don’t see this taking Auburn out of the title hunt, because I don’t see the perpetually foot-dragging NCAA wrapping up their investigation anytime soon. Look at how long they took with the USC/Reggie Bush investigation.

    If, however, money actually changed hands between the university and Newton or his dad … hoo-boy. USC’s penalties will seem like a slap on the wrist. Big difference between looking the other way while your boosters hand out dough, versus directly handing it out yourself.

  12. 2mikef2 says: Nov 13, 2010 11:26 AM

    At this point I just wonder how half the UNC football team can be suspended pending investigation before their game against LSU but Cam Newton can presumably still play. How is it Auburn’s choice at this point? Is there something I’m missing?

  13. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 13, 2010 11:27 AM

    the real question is whether or not the NCAA can PROVE whether Cam knew or not. I understand that its illegal for either the player himself or anyone acting on his behalf to solicit money. however, how to you go about proving that the money was solicited on the players behalf and/or with his knowledge? I dont know about the rest of you, but in my house, if one or both of my parents came into $180,000 (illegally at that), i can tell you one person in the house who would be none the wiser. In most homes, children are not a part of the family’s financial planning (again, particularly if the money was procured illegally), and I cannot imagine this situation being any different. If true, it would be a real shame for him to suffer if he actually didnt know what his dad was up to.

  14. evieo says: Nov 13, 2010 11:54 AM

    @steelerdynasty2010 – With all due respect, the burden of proof should be on the kid. There needs to be a dis-incentive for such behavior on behalf of agents, families, and atheletes.

    Bottomline:
    The athelete and his career should suffer the consequences of such behavior.

    My alma mater suffered for years because USC could always garner 4 and 5 star recruits. Why? There was always walking-around money, cars, and other perks for such atheletes. Plus money for families. Reggie was only the tip of the iceberg.

    And you know what, they won championships with such an advantage. Those trophies sit in their trophy case. My school never had a chance. But now the tide has turned and we kicked their ass recently and will continue to do so with a level playing field.

  15. wdwau says: Nov 13, 2010 12:00 PM

    Wow. I would expect better reporting from a major news outlet. The article never said “Newton’s dad admits to soliciting money” (emphasis mine). It says “…Cecil Newton, has admitted having conversations with an ex-Mississippi State University player about the possibility of under-the-table money…” (again, emphasis mine). That’s an awfully big jump from “discussing” to “soliciting”. One I don’t believe a reporter should be making on his own.

    I’m not making a statement about the guilt or innocence of anyone in the story, just the bad reporting.

  16. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 13, 2010 12:01 PM

    @pmmo:
    do you have access to his confidential academic records? if not, you sound REAL dumb quoting unproven/unsubstantiated/illegally obtained information. just saying.

    not defending him, not ready to cal him guilty either….just a rational, impartial AMERICAN who believes that little suggestion our forefathers had that there’s a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

  17. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 13, 2010 12:10 PM

    @evieo:
    with all due respect, i bet you’d feel differently if people were hurling accusations in your direction. how’s he supposed to prove that these calls didnt take place? do/can you record yourself NOT talking to people? do/can you record yourself never having met someone? do/can you create proof that you didnt know something that you supposedly didnt know needed to be known in the first place? the burden is obviously on the accuser(s) just as it is in any criminal proceeding. You cant (shouldnt) be convicted of a crime because the prosecution walks in and says simply, “i’m telling you he did it and he cant prove he didnt. i rest my case.” just think about that for a second and tell me it still makes sense to you.

  18. evieo says: Nov 13, 2010 12:45 PM

    @steelerdynasty2010 – I do see your points and I believe they are valid. However, the burden of proof does NOT have to rise to the level of a criminal proceeding. Why? Because the appearance of wrong doing is sufficient.

    The reason payola is so ramant in college sports is due to the “burden of proof” arguement. It is extremely difficult to prove when the agent/alumni uses money orders, 3rd parties, etc.

    If it looks like a turd, smells like a turd, and tastes like a turd – it is a turd. No reason for scientific testing, a panel of scientists, and a ruling by the National Science Foundation.

    Still, I applaud the involvement by the FBI. The NCAA and SEC do not have the resources for a thorough investigation. The Feds do.

  19. Deb says: Nov 13, 2010 1:21 PM

    @evieo …

    With all due respect, the burden of proof is NEVER on the accused in American jursprudence. The accused does not have to prove his innocence. It’s up to the state or the officiating body to prove his guilt.

    The NCAA is a corrupt organization that makes millions off the backs of unpaid student athletes. Then when someone is caught breaking the rules, this corrupt organization punishes schools, athletes, coaches, and students who had no part in the infraction with sanctions long after the offending parties have left. The guilty athletes, coaches, and agents skate. It’s an unspeakable system. But just because your school fell victim to it does not mean Cam Newton should be punished if there’s no direct evidence linking him to a pay-for-play scam.

    steelerdynasty2010 makes a valid point about financial decisions in a household. No matter how implausible, it’s entirely possible that Cam did not know about his father’s dealings if this hearsay confession by Cecil turns out to be accurate. So there’s no reason Cam should be punished for it.

    And the bottom line is that there’s no evidence any money actually changed hands. If I sit around and talk about robbing the local bank but never do it … is that a crime?

  20. Deb says: Nov 13, 2010 1:24 PM

    WingT!

    You mean you really want to see Auburn win the SEC Championship??? What is wrong with you???

    I’ve been defending a player and a school being condemned on rumor and innuendo. But I don’t really want Auburn to win anything! I want Cam to play today and Georgia to beat the socks off them–with them having no excuses. I’d rather see anyone in the SEC Championship than Auburn. And I’m still hoping we’ll win the Iron Bowl and spoil their chances altogether! And (sorry, blitz) I’m rooting for South Carolina to make the SEC Championship in the East.

    ROLL TIDE!!!

  21. randomguy81 says: Nov 13, 2010 1:39 PM

    - Purchase of a stolen laptop
    – Caught cheating 3x
    – 16 traffic tickets in 12 months at Florida
    – Now these allegations, including the alleged “the money was just too much” phone call

    ummm…. 21 strikes and you’re out?!?!?!

  22. randomguy81 says: Nov 13, 2010 1:41 PM

    @Deb…

    Attempted extortion is, in fact, a crime! If that’s what happened at Mississippi St, in any way or form, it could easily lead to Cam being ineligible.

  23. evieo says: Nov 13, 2010 1:41 PM

    @Deb – In the OJ proceeding, the civil court ruled him guilty while the criminal court ruled him innocent. Why? Different levels of “burden of proof” prevailed.

    I think we have moved beyond rumor at this point. There are witnesses to what happenned at MSU and they are talking to the NCAA and the FBI. There is the case of “pro bono” work on Cecil’s church just prior to condemnation by the city and just after Cam’s decision on Auburn – also being looked at by numerous parties. And now we have the story above, which is hearsay for now, but will in all likelihood rise to proof in a short time.

    The “evidence” is adding up.

  24. randomguy81 says: Nov 13, 2010 1:44 PM

    *correction: 12 tickets in 16 months… 17 strikes and you’re out?

  25. frug says: Nov 13, 2010 2:01 PM

    @Deb

    If I sit around and talk about robbing the local bank but never do it … is that a crime?

    Actually depending on the exact nature of your conversations it could be. Conspiracy and related offenses do not necessarily an overt act.

  26. rffolds says: Nov 13, 2010 2:12 PM

    I think everyone is sick of all of the allegations. I wish the ncaa would step in and make a decision, one way or the other. For now it just keeps snowballing and is nothing but media frenzy. The only ones hurt in the end will be Auburn University. If everything is true and they keep letting Cam play, they will suffer the consequences. Whatever happens, he is very talented and will definitely have a pro contract making tons of money and won’t play his senior season at Auburn unless this all dies down and they go on and continue to win. It’s worse than the mid-term elections and I think people are getting sick of listening to it.

  27. tmb333 says: Nov 13, 2010 2:31 PM

    Here is the deal:

    1. This does not have to be proven in a court of law. The NCAA, which is given its’ power by its’ voluntary members, is free to connect the dots and make any decision they want. There isn’t a proof requirement.

    2. CAM knowledge or lack there of has no affect on this situation. His father, acting with his premission and on his behave, discussed money. CAM is responsible whether you like it or not. Play the scenario out. A kid, wanting money to play, gets his representative to do all his bidding for him. If caught, he claims no knowledge and keeps his eligibility? Dream on. Every case will then play out this way.

    3. The NCAA is only in existenance due to the member schools desiring to establish their governing board. No one is forced into membership. The NCAA is an extension of Auburn and every other member institution. If the members wanted to legally pay players – which they don’t – they would force their governing body to change the rules. The NCAA can only establish and enforce the rules that the majority of its’ members want.

    4. CAM is ineligible at this point because his dad admitted asking for or discussing money. Either way this is a violation of NCAA rules. Money does not have to change plans nor does the NCAA have to prove that it did. Allegedly, the NCAA has advised Auburn not to play him

    5. We get the college football we deserve. If we wanted different, we would force the state funded schools to make changes to the rules including a playoff. State funded schools make up the majority and could mandate a change.

    @DEB….you can not or are unwilling to understand that this is not a matter covered by the rules of law. This is a private organization and can decide how they want.

  28. WingT says: Nov 13, 2010 2:35 PM

    @Deb
    I was born an Bama fan and will die one but I don’t hate Auburn – I know I am different than some Bama fans in that way.

    If Alabama can’t win the SEC then I am more than OK with Auburn winning it. I think it good for the state of Alabama and therefor I am pulling for Auburn.

    Roll Tide

    @superfbfan
    To my knowledge the NCAA has not sent Auburn a letter of official inquiry. From Auburns perspective they have nout o reason to not believe Cam.

    The NCAA is silent here. They, as Deb points out are a corrupt and vile agency. If I was Auburn I would play the man .

  29. WingT says: Nov 13, 2010 2:41 PM

    @tmb333
    I posted before your post showed up. What you say seems to make a lot of sense but if doen’t the question become ” when was Cam ineligble ?”

    What about all the games this season, was he ineligible then? I say yes and therefor what does Auburn now have to lose by playing Cam?

  30. jimmybrock says: Nov 13, 2010 2:50 PM

    There’s no telling where this story will end up. But we know the direction it is heading into. It’s ain’t good for Cam or for Auburn.

  31. evieo says: Nov 13, 2010 2:51 PM

    @WingT – I believe Auburn risks further sanctions since they knowingly continue to play him. Maybe bowl exclusions for three years instead of one. Hence the “play him anyway” strategy has penalties associated with it.

    @tmb333 – Very well said.

  32. bobcat4424 says: Nov 13, 2010 2:59 PM

    This is unfolding very, very quickly. And it doesn’t look good for Auburn. Saban is shopping the pros for a new job already according to local gossip and he may have company from a little to the southeast of Tuscaloosa.

    But playing an ineligible player reflects badly on the school and the coach. It is ultimately the responsibility of the school to insure that a given player if eligible and to take all necessary steps if there is any doubt whatsoever.

    No Heisman for Newton no matter what now. He is radioactive.

    And Auburn is already so deep that the school could be under sanctions for years to come. Too bad. All of college football is hurt by this sort of thing.

  33. WingT says: Nov 13, 2010 3:09 PM

    @evieo
    Thanks…makes sense.

    Surely the NCAA has sent them some kind of official letter by now.

    Auburn is screwed. Heaven forbid if they find that a booster paid Cecil.

  34. tmb333 says: Nov 13, 2010 3:12 PM

    According to the rules, he was ineligible the second his dad had the discussion about money.

    It really doesn’t matter if Auburn was involved or not. The same thing applies if a kid committed academic fraud in high school. The college may not have a clue, but if it is discovered they forfeit all games the kid was involved in and all tournament revenue.

    My personal opinion is that Auburn paid him. He wanted to go to MSU. If no money was involved he would have went there. With the FBI involved, they will find the money trail and if laundering was involved, someone is going to jail.

  35. blitz4848 says: Nov 13, 2010 3:29 PM

    @Deb

    By my calculations you will need to root extra hard for the Gamecocks…….

    Gators 38 South Carolina 21

    The over/under on Cam being declared ineligible
    is 10 days

    Saban has let it be known he would be “interested” in the Cowboys—not sure Jerry
    could get along with “Satan”

  36. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 13, 2010 3:34 PM

    tmb:
    1. agreed, no dispute here.
    2. his father acting on his permission? is this how your house works? I MUST meet your children, they must love this arrangement. and for a parent to make illegal decisions based on the whims of their children? despicable, someone call the local CYS. point being, your argument here is rather flimsy. if you read my earlier post, maybe you can understand my point of view on this subject. further, i believe that if his knowledge of the situation is not considered, it’s a gross miscarriage of justice. it’s like saying he should be on the hook if his 3rd cousin by marriage on his father’s side (or some random kid who has seen Cam in the grocery store) called up a school and guaranteed he could deliver Cam for a fee (even though he doesnt know Cam or have any real influence over his decision.) a bit dramatic, but possible, and i think you get my overarching point. there has be some type of connection between player and advocate to at least create the illusion of fairness.
    3. SO sad, but SO true
    4. not so sure that generically discussing money is enough to make him ineligible. What if he was verbally offered money and declined. Technically a discussion, but not a solicitation. I believe (and i could very well be wrong) that the acceptance or solicitation of extra benefits is illegal. I cannot for example be determined ineligible because someone offers me money with no solicitation on my part or any of my representatives and i turn it down.
    5. adamantly disagree. doesnt matter what we do or say (i think there is plenty of evidence to suggest fans of major college football at the very least want a playoff and (this is total speculation) want at least some kind of pay/stipend for players in addition to their free education (which its worthy to point out that not all of those kids are getting full ride scholarships) to help and alleviate some of the temptation to take money from these boosters and the like. its been obvious to me that it’s brazen and blatant collusion amongst the larger schools to keep the little man out and share the BCS money amongst themselves. (but thats for a whole ‘nother message board)

  37. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 13, 2010 3:39 PM

    blitz4848:
    have they scored that many points against any opponents with winning records?

  38. semperfido says: Nov 13, 2010 3:47 PM

    This will be a Georgia win. Doesn’t matter if Newton plays or not, Auburn scores more or not. It’s clear Auburn will forfeit their entire season.
    It’s odd watching the Auburn fans cheer him.
    However, hard to feel sorry for Auburn. They, of all people, know that Dad was soliciting and they, of all people, know he got paid. Auburn made their own bed, and it cost them the Heisman and National Championship. While I’m from Oregon, I think they’d blow Oregon away.

  39. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 13, 2010 3:59 PM

    semperfido:
    um, you’re nuts if you think they come withing 20 of Oregon

  40. WingT says: Nov 13, 2010 4:02 PM

    @blitz4848
    Saban would make a great coach for the Cowboys…I would prefer he stays at Alabama but he wants to go then I’m happy for him and I will help pack his bags if he wants.

    Bama football will survive with or without Saban.

    Roll Tide

    PS Blitz – If Cam plays in the SEC championship game then Florida is in for a tough tough game.

  41. aheasl says: Nov 13, 2010 4:09 PM

    It isnt going to matter if Cam knew his dad had done this or not. If Auburn paid Cecil anything they will have to forfit the entire season because the school will be punished not only the people involved. I hope they figure this out before any championship games are played because it would be uglier if they have to strip them of a title won.
    That being said, HE KNEW!!!! I mean he has publicly said that he would have rather gone to MS State to play over Auburn. Yet he ended up at Auburn just because dear ole dad like Auburn better… Not buying it.

  42. bobcat4424 says: Nov 13, 2010 4:29 PM

    WingT,

    The entire faculty and staff at the University of Alabama would help Saban pack his bags and cheer him all the way to Dallas.

    There is a great deal of hard feelings between faculty and Saban since last year when the faculty rebelled at some heavy-handed “advice” to “improve” players grades “or else.”

    Then this year, the faculty was exiled to the absolutely worst seats in the stadium. You can’t even sell the tickets on eBay they are so bad.

    And now, there is no love lost and there are rumors of faculty trying to organize a formal NCAA complaint against Saban for academic misconduct.

    An example of what is making them so mad is that Saban moved the Georgia State game from Saturday to a Thursday. To do this, he had to shut down the campus, causing thousands of students to have to stay a week longer to make up the classes, causing thousands of hourly staff to have to take a day without pay or use up a vacation day, and causing the City and County schools in Tuscaloosa to have to shut down and have a summer makeup day. All because Nicky wanted to be on TV. (And remember this is Georgia State, not a real football game.)

  43. hawkinsob says: Nov 13, 2010 5:12 PM

    OK, so the evidence began to mount so much that Cam’s dad decided to step forward and try to take the whole fall, claiming Cam knew nothing.

    I doubt it ends the investigation, though. We would expect his dad to make this move at some point to protect Cam. But remember the witness who talked about Cam personally telling him over the phone that “the money is just too much” and that is why they didn’t go with MSU.

    There’s plenty of reason (if not more reason, now), to look into whether Cam knew of all this, and also whether any money changed hands with respect to the school Cam chose. If Cam’s dad was after a lot of money to commit, why would his dad suddenly have chosen a school that was offering zero? There might be a reason (maybe he just gave up on the whole pay-to-play effort), but the ncaa should find out.

  44. bobcat4424 says: Nov 13, 2010 5:43 PM

    One thing I would like to inject into this conversation: there is a huge amount of money in college football. I can’t speak for other schools, but in the Crimson Tide athletic program, there is between $140 and $200 million dollars a year just floating around. Saban alone is taking down $10 million a year of that ($4 million in salary, $2 million in perks, and another $4 million in bonuses [based on last year, not this year] and endorsements [which will probably more than make up for the lost bonuses because of the revival of the pickup truck business.]) There are ADDITIONAL huge amounts of money flowing back and forth between alumni associations and other “booster” groups. And all of this goes on without any real oversight. The Crimson Tide athletic department is a separate entity from the University of Alabama. No over sight there. It is not a state institution as the university is — no oversight there either. The SEC is, and always has been, as crooked as a dog’s hind leg.

    In Tuscaloosa there are hundreds of people in various alumni and booster organizations just begging to loan a player a car, of buy his books, or buy him dinner. When I go out to dinner, it not unusual to see several Tide football players and a gray-haired guy in all his expensive Tidewear picking up the tab. I have even watched on one occasion when such a “benefactor” at Iguana Grill left a substantial cash tip on the table only to have a football player pocket it. (Tuscaloosa does not have all that many good restaurants, so 10 or so football players stand out like a sore thumb.)

    At the University, even the “school lunch program” (Dining Dollars) involved millions of dollars, huge kickbacks and no oversight. If even that program is headed for the courts because of millions gone missing and possible kickbacks to university higher-ups, think how bad it is with football.

    Simply put, there is no way you can have that much money with that little accountability anywhere without it attracting those with no ethics or morals. There was a time when coaches like Paul Bryant didn’t make more than a full professor and there was so little money involved that he could do something like bench Joe Namath and risk him leaving college ball a year early. The Bear had more to gain by keeping his reputation clean, than he had to gain by keeping Namath around for another year. Things have changed a lot since then.

    Does anyone believe that college sports are not subject to the same rules of human nature that everything else is? The more money involved, the more and stricter oversight must be exercised. At this point there may actually be so much money in college football that it is in danger of becoming untouchable. The NCAA may not be able to do any substantial house-cleaning without killing the goose that laid the golden egg. The SEC certainly is going to do as little as possible.

    This will end sullying Auburn’s reputation to the point that it may be ruined for decades in these tight-money times. If indeed, the connections are made between Auburn alumni and “pro bono” work on Newton’s father’s church just before its scheduled demolition, Auburn will deserve 3 years of sanctions if not more.

  45. steelers6pack says: Nov 13, 2010 6:15 PM

    First his dad said he knew nothign about money now he said he did ask for money?? AND HE IS A PREACHER? The apple does not fall from the tree. Fig Newton and his old man are both bums! Peopel do nto knwo that Fig Newton stole a lab top while at Fla, paid someoen to write a paper for him and then got caught giving a paper he printed off internet! BUMS!

  46. bobcat4424 says: Nov 13, 2010 7:25 PM

    The really bad thing about the laptop incident is that he stole it from the kid’s room, but “forgot” to steal the charger. And when he was tipped off that the campus police was coming to arrest him, he threw the kid’s laptop out of his dorm window!

    I’ll lay you dollars to donuts that the kid was told to shut up about the laptop or he would flunk every course he was taking. I really feel sorry for the kid who owned the laptop. I figure he thinks that there is no justice unless you are a football player.

  47. hawkinsob says: Nov 13, 2010 7:37 PM

    Last week his dad was denying knowing anything about asking for money.

    This week he’s admitting it, but claiming Cam knew nothing in order to protect him. Right.

    A recruiter working on MSU’s behalf aready came forward and said he talked DIRECTLY TO CAM about not coming to MSU, with Cam saying “the money was just too much.”

    Given the amounts involved, this is one of the biggest scandals in college football in decades. And yet we’ll have misguided sportwriters urging that Cam should STILL be given the Heisman trophy. These people can’t distinguish criminal law concepts from standards governing sports awards. The right not to be PUT IN JAIL absent proof beyond a reasonable doubt has nothing to do with the “right” to be given a SPECIAL AWARD which includes “integrity” as part of its standard.

    People who can’t keep these separate concepts straight will give him the award, then it will be taken away later on. What a waste.

  48. rffolds says: Nov 13, 2010 9:01 PM

    Well, it all comes down to solid proof. Not he said/she said unless they can provide a recording. Someone , maybe the FBI, will have to find a paper trail or some solid evidence before anything will be done. That being said Auburn will play for the SEC championship as of now. Cecil Newton himself has not to my knowledge said that he had conversations with MSU or anyone else. The report from Atlanta last night was that a source close to the situation said that Mr. Newton told him that, and he was emphasizing that Cam or his mom knew nothing of these conversations. Now if that can be proven with solid evidence not just hearsay then the problems start. At this point everything now is just hearsay, except the laptop thing that was already resolved and Newton was acquitted of the charges.
    I partially agree with Mr. Hawkins post, integrity should be the standard with the regulations in place. But until hearsay becomes proof, thats all it is and it would be wrong to punish such a good athlete without proving any wrongdoing.
    All of that being said, I belive that College football should be college football and just that. Not the multi-billion dollar industry it has become. We are all to blame for making it that because we buy into it, straight out of our pockets for hats, jerseys, etc. Have we forgotten what college is all about?

  49. TigerFan83 says: Nov 13, 2010 11:12 PM

    Most posts on here are (apparently) misreading all the posts. The Newtons have not publicly admitted to anything. Absolutely ALL the reports that are being passed off by these so-called news reports as fact are in fact just accusations by people that will probably benefit on bringing Cam down or have been paid to tell their side of the story. There has been no new information released or received by the SEC or NCAA since July. Most of the reports are more slander than anything and if you actually knew Cameron Newton (which my daughter does), you would know he’s a decent, caring young man who has turned his life around. If you dismiss all the good that he has done and is doing for the middle schoolers in Auburn, you are pretty narrow minded and heartless. Was there a request for extra benefits from MSU? Most likely so. Was it for $100K – $180K like some of the unscrupulous “recruiters” want you to believe? Most likely NOT. Asking for extra benefits does NOT make a student-athlete ineligible at ALL member institutions, only with the institution that the discussions took place. There has been absolutely no evidence or accusation that Auburn paid or was even asked for extra assistance. Grow up and read the regulations before claiming to be an authority.

    War Cam Eagle!!! SEC West Champions 2010!!!

  50. rebalynne says: Nov 14, 2010 12:33 AM

    That loser Da Da needs to go to jail. Soliciting bribes. That kid has a bad ora all around him. He’s nothing but trouble. Just watch and see. Hopefully he won’t rape someone or kill a bunch of defenseless animals however he will do something else. It’s just a matter of time.

  51. rebalynne says: Nov 14, 2010 12:46 AM

    Does anyone really believe that Cam didn’t know what was going on? What type of car does he drive? Did the family move up in housing recently? How much is in his bank account for spending money at school? What were his parent’s taxable income for the past 5 years or before all this happened? It doesn’t add up, at all.

    If Cam doesn’t know he is a complete idiot. However it should be pointed out how much he steals and cheats. The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. This may appear to be a smart move but now there is an admission of guilt for extortion and that is a federal issue. My, my, the FBI is knocking on Cecil’s door and bank accounts. IRS is looking for back taxes.

    MS State will jump all over this and file charges. Cecil Newton didn’t throw water on the fire from State, he threw gasoline on it. OMG would I rip his **** from his body now.

    Deb, I am sure you would have found Ted Bundy not guilty.

  52. ala35205 says: Nov 14, 2010 9:11 AM

    Bobcat,
    I checked your story out with a friend that is faculty at UA and your claims are all LIES. They do get the day off with pay, no one is upset about Nick (except he lost 2 games this year), no academic claims are being made….NICE TRY!! Liar.

  53. dkhhuey says: Nov 14, 2010 11:17 AM

    Sad – a kid having a career making year and all of this crap comes out. If its true, then these two scumbags deserve the scorn and ridicule that will rain down on them from all directions. If it is untrue – then every single person throwing the first stones owe these two the highest forms of apologies, retractions, and lawn mowing/car washing/toilet cleaning services for life!

    Personally, I will wait until all this comes out in an official investigatory report before weighing in.

  54. rebelrenegade1 says: Nov 27, 2010 11:41 AM

    Boy. Y’all Cam Newton loyalists have blinders on. You think that he has done no wrong when in fact he was caught turning in a paper that wasn’t his at Florida! 3 Different times! That was the reason he left Florida. So the guy isn’t the saint y’all make him out to be. The guy is a cheater and a thief. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cam newton was involved in this mess. And Auburn said as of right now he is Eligble, but it is still under review. I do not wish bad for Auburn. I wish the best for them in their pursuit of the SEC and BCS Championship. My point is How can you trust a man who was caught Cheating at Florida and transferred to a School in Texas. Not too mention buying a stolen laptop. Cam admitted to possessing the stolen laptop and tossed it out a dorm window to hide it by a suggestion of one of his friends? That should have been a red flag. If anyone asks you too hide something like that, That should tell you that the property in question was possibly stolen. The more I hear about Cam Newton’s father talking about recieving a payoff on his son’s talent, The more I begin to believe that Cam Newton is guilty by association. I do not trust cam newton and if he is found guilty Then he will get what he deserves. If he didn’t do it then Great.

  55. jaspersson says: Nov 28, 2010 2:09 PM

    Not sure how to compare Cam’s situation to the UNC scandal. It’s going to be virtually impossible to prove Cam knew anything. And generally speaking, people shouldn’t be punished for “sins of the father.” On the other hand, if there is not any punishment, it seems to open the door for others to say, “I didn’t ask, my father/mother did.” At UNC, it was the players who were cheating themselves – but it’s not like ever kid who cheats in college is given the hammer, since surveys show 80% of all UNC students admit to cheating on some level (http://unc-cheats.com/2010/11/28/which-methods-of-cheating-are-most-common-at-unc/)

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