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Cam probe ongoing, no ‘bomb’ set to drop

Auburn Tigers quarterback Cam Newton kisses the championship trophy after his team beat the Oregon Ducks in the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in Glendale, Arizona

There’s a certain segment of the population — think “War Eagle!” — that, when it comes to the Cam Newton investigation, has their collective heads buried deep in The Plains, absolutely certain the probe into the Heisman-winning quarterback’s recruitment ended long ago.

There’s another that’s equally certain Auburn’s merely squatting on the crystal and the NCAA will strip the Tigers’ title away any minute now.

Based on at least on report, both factions are going to be terribly disappointed.

According to Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News, and citing people with reason to know — seriously, that’s who he cited — “the NCAA is still conducting an active investigation into Auburn’s recruitment of Newton.”  The NCAA has dedicated one member of its enforcement staff to the Newton situation, whose sole job is, Scarbinsky writes, “turning over every rock to make sure the NCAA doesn’t get blindsided down the road.”

Scarbinsky’s account falls squarely in line with SEC commissioner Mike Slive‘s public, on-the-record words earlier this month.

“You’re going to have to ask them, but nobody has written me a letter that says it’s over,” Slive told‘s Chris Low.

While the investigation remains open and active, however, that doesn’t mean any type of shoe’s about to drop on Auburn, either.  The same sources told Scarbinsky that “the NCAA has yet to discover or uncover new information that would wipe out Auburn’s national championship season.”

So, to summarize, and for the umpteenth time, the investigation into Newton’s recruitment is ongoing and there is still not a single shred of evidence — yet — that connects Auburn to Cecil Newton‘s pay-for-play scheme.  In other words, the status is the same as it’s been for months: open, ongoing and, most importantly for Tiger fans, no penalties looming on the horizon.


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11 Responses to “Cam probe ongoing, no ‘bomb’ set to drop”
  1. southernpatriots says: Feb 16, 2011 11:41 AM

    This makes our friends in Auburn quite anxious to have the investigations ongoing as John indicated, though no evidence yet of anything to tie together Cecil’s suggestions or shopping of Cam, to Auburn. We would hope that Auburn got the green light from the NCAA as it appears they did before they even talked to Cam. We hope that they recorded every communication with Cam, which it appears they did. We hope AU is not involved in any way with the overzealous boosters who allegedly did many misdoings. It is alot of hopes for AU and its alums and fans, but we know such wonderful friends and people there in Auburn, that it would be a great shame if they were legally implicated.

    John: Thank you for keeping us informed. With 2 operations so far and other one pending, we have not been able to keep up with this saga.

  2. scardino says: Feb 16, 2011 11:42 AM

    If we made a drinking game out of breaking developments in the Cam Newton case, we would have a lot of bored, sober college football fans.

  3. southernpatriots says: Feb 16, 2011 11:46 AM

    scardino: Thank you so much for the humor! We are repeating that around! We needed this today, it’s been a hard day so far. Thank you again.

  4. jburkl1 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    i’m sure the NCAA is just trying to “get it right” rather than trying to “get Auburn.” Cecil Newton (allegedly) exposed a huge problem in recruiting and the last thing the NCAA wants is for colleges to start shopping for their recruits. I mean, Auburn DID just win the BCS title with the “best quarterback money can buy…” (allegedly)

  5. drexelvol says: Feb 16, 2011 1:13 PM

    And this is exactly why Newton high-tailed it out of there. He knows what’s coming and he doesn’t want to be around when the other shoe drops.

  6. bamasucks says: Feb 16, 2011 2:08 PM

    keep adding “yet” and “things that make you go hmm” to the end of every article about Auburn and Cam Newton. unless you have something new to report, you’re just talking out of your @ss like everyone else. but keep hoping and waiting on that “yet” to come. maybe Deb and the FBI will uncover something with their investigation.

  7. edgy says: Feb 16, 2011 3:14 PM

    I contine to say:

    1. The investigation is still ongoing.

    2. The fabled FBI money-trail sniffers are just that: fabled.

    3. While the evidence was probably shredded after Auburn made the national championship game, it could still be there as leverage in any criminal investigation.

  8. southernpatriots says: Feb 16, 2011 3:23 PM

    edgy: Well said. We will continue trying to keep up with the latest, but we do not expect any hammer to fall on Auburn or Cam. We are sure that CFT will keep us informed.

  9. Slim Charles says: Feb 16, 2011 5:10 PM

    Southernpatriots: can you knock off the third person? It’s really obnoxious.

  10. southernpatriots says: Feb 16, 2011 5:24 PM

    Slim Charles: My name is Charles and I am one of the “We” and one of the “patriots.” Are you that dumb to understand that “s” indicates more than one as my wife, myself, my brother and my sister in law all contribute to this listing. Slim: can you knock off the first person? You are obnoxious. Maybe you are just a child masquerading as an adult.

  11. southernpatriots says: Feb 16, 2011 5:35 PM

    Slim Charles: If you truly want obnoxious, it is your posting instead of addressing the issue you try to make it “we” that we use properly, as we use “patriots” properly. The question and topic is the probe of Auburn and since we are fans of the SEC and since we are friends of many people in Auburn, AL and since some of those we are close friends with are also family members and since we go to Auburn at least 4 times per year on average, we have a great interest in the discussion and the revelations of the investigations. What is your interest and what is your problem with “us” using “we” properly and appropriately?

    Back to the topic: Auburn natives say there are tangential lines of investigation coming forth, which may implicate recruiting practices by some with or who claim affiliation with AU. That is the thing with these types of probes and investigations, they seem to continue even down additional tracks of discovery.

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