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Radio host claims Auburn, Vols offered $’s to Cecil Newton

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Over the past week or so, an Alabama radio host named Scott Moore has been making the radio rounds claiming he’s heard audio tapes of Cecil Newton discussing financial offers he’d received from schools for Cam Newton‘s signature on a Letter of Intent. Most damning — and potentially damaging to Cam’s now-former school — is Moore’s claim that the former Auburn quarterback was present for one of these purported conversations, which of course would severely undercut his claim that he had no idea what his father was doing behind the scenes during his recruitment while also calling into question the NCAA’s ruling that allowed him to regain his eligibility.

We’ve been very leery of Moore’s claims, mainly due to his lean toward a certain school in Tuscaloosa, and have thus shied away from going into any great detail in this space regarding his accusations. However, the sounds of those accusations have grown too loud, too thunderous and, most of all, too damning to continue to completely ignore.

Appearing on 104.5 the Zone in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday afternoon, Moore reiterated his claims that both Tennessee and, yes, Auburn offered a significant amount of money to Cecil Newton in an attempt to lure Cam Newton to their respective schools. Specifically, Moore claims that the audio tapes he heard has Cecil Newton revealing that the Volunteers offered him $150,000 and the Tigers $180,000.

“I did say the offer was $150(K) and that is from Cecil Newton,” Moore explained during the 15-minute interview, which can be heard in its entirety by clicking HERE.  “Cecil Newton said that on the tape.  ‘$150,000 offer from Tennessee’, then he went up a week later to $200,000… and this is coming from Cecil Newton guys.  This didn’t come from Tennessee, it didn’t come from Auburn.

“This is [Cecil Newton] saying to Mississippi State, ‘Hey, I have an offer from Tennessee for $150(K)’ one week, coming back the next week and saying ‘I have an offer for $200,000.  I also have an offer for $180(K) from Auburn.  So hey guys, we’ll come to Mississippi State for $180,000.  So that is proved and that was said.”

Moore also repeated his claims that Cam Newton was around during at least one of his father’s discussions on schools bidding on his talents.

“I do believe that Cam Newton knew.  I do believe that on these tapes when we play them that you’ll be able to tell Cam Newton knew what was going on.  That’s all I’ll say about that at this time,” Moore said during the interview. “That’s been Auburn’s stance all along is that… and the SEC’s really and the NCAA’s… ‘Cam didn’t know what his dad was doing’.  Well, so what?  His dad was shopping him around.  He should’ve been ineligible.  That’s the whole thing here.  And that’s all we’re trying to do, we’re trying to get this out and get the story answered.  Let the NCAA answer this thing, let the SEC answer this thing.  I wanna know why he was ruled ineligible for a couple of hours prior to the SEC championship game and I wanna know what the NCAA heard and I wanna know why they made their ruling.”

Reportedly, the audio tapes Moore has allegedly heard were made by John Bond and Bill Bell. The former is an ex-Mississippi State quarterback who told ESPN.com in November that an alleged Newton middleman — former MSU teammate Kenny Rogers — said “it would take cash to get Cam“, while the latter is a Mississippi State booster who told the same website that he had “received a text message from a man claiming to represent Cam Newton’s father that outlined a payment plan designed to bring the quarterback to the Bulldogs”.

Moore’s accusations are extremely damning to both Auburn and Tennessee, but they also raise at least two questions.  Most significantly, if Bond and Bell are in possession of audio tapes that implicate the two schools, why haven’t they been turned over to the NCAA?  Or, if they have been turned over to the NCAA and they contain the information Moore claims they do, why has the NCAA apparently not acted on what would be a bombshell of a development?

Moore claims Bond shared some of the tapes with the NCAA, although he was uncertain how much of them the governing body of collegiate athletics have heard.

The most recent report regarding the Cam Newton “situation”, though, is that the investigation is ongoing but there’s no bomb set to drop on The Plains.  Certainly if there was any shred of truth or credibility to Moore’s claims, Cecil Newton being heard on tape accusing Auburn and Tennessee of offering money in exchange for his son’s services would qualify as the mother of all hydrogen bombs in this imbroglio, wouldn’t it?

In the parlance of that area of the country, Moore’s dog don’t hunt on a couple of levels.

Moore’s admittedly life-long affinity for the Crimson Tide raises one eyebrow, and the fact that he’s starting a new radio show– that he hopes to syndicate — in two weeks on which he will supposedly play the damning tapes raises the other.

Apparently, though, Moore is just itching to play them, irrespective of his new gig.

“They’re real, they’re legit.  And they have a lot of information on there that I think is gonna clarify a lot of things for a lot of people,” Moore told the station.  “That’s all we’re trying to do, is find out what the answers to these questions are and I think we’ll be able to do that once we are able to play these things.  I want everybody to hear them.  I’d like to get the information out there.”

We’re not saying that Moore is fabricating claims in order to boost both his profile and the launch of a new professional endeavor.  We’re just saying that there’s a significant stench surrounding these latest “developments” that simply can’t be ignored.

That same stench won’t allow us to get something out of our head: if Moore truly wanted these questions answered, he’d take these tapes public immediately and begin the process of getting them answered.  Instead, he’s sitting on the tapes until they can be played on his radio show.

Of course, Moore has an answer to those questioning his motives in holding back on a release.

“The answer to that question is real simple,” Moore said when asked about the delay in releasing the tapes.  “A, I’m not going to put something on the air that I can’t back up 100 percent, that I’ve had substantiated and authenticated.  I’m going to make sure when we go in there and play this, from a liability standpoint, that we’re good to go.  And I think that’s a smart business decision, one.

“I’m not going to rush out just because we have this story and we have these tapes — and I’ve got some of them in my possession as we speak — but I’m not gonna go play this stuff on the air for money, to get recognized.  I’m gonna make sure that this stuff is done right and this story is done right and the due diligence is done on it.”

OK, so let me get this straight.  Moore is tossing around words like “liability”, “substantiated”, ” authenticated” and “due diligence” as his reasoning for not releasing the tapes at the same time he’s going on various radio shows discussing the content of the alleged tapes?

Again, the stench is overwhelming.

Then again, if his claims are verified?  Auburn and Tennessee might find themselves in a whole pile of what most people believe Moore is shoveling right now.

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25 Responses to “Radio host claims Auburn, Vols offered $’s to Cecil Newton”
  1. rolltide510 says: Mar 1, 2011 5:07 PM

    I have a lean towards a certain school in Tuscaloosa myself, and I hope that by the start of spring ball my fellow Bama fans come to terms with the fact that Auburn isn’t going to get the death penalty and move on with their lives.

  2. bobulated says: Mar 1, 2011 5:30 PM

    Also it’s no coincidence that the two schools Moore allegedly has evidence against historically are Bama’s two biggest rivals.
    I appreciates rolltide510’s comment. I grew up in SEC country and from the amount of accusations that fans make against other schools it would seem the SEC was the equivalent of the old SWC in corruption. Many SEC fans have a hard time admitting their team got beat on the field or out coached (unless they’re trying to run the coach off) and that the other school must be bending the rules to have beat them.

  3. gatorprof says: Mar 1, 2011 5:39 PM

    Well, if this doesn’t work, Moore can always go and poison some oak trees.

  4. bamasucks says: Mar 1, 2011 5:53 PM

    a bama homer is pointing fingers at UT and Auburn? i’m shocked. this guy is a clown. he’s about as credible as a typical Finebaum caller.

  5. soflatrojan says: Mar 1, 2011 7:59 PM

    I don’t think anyone outside of Auburn fans think this kid was legal. That being said he has left Auburn and is turning pro and its time to move on. If Auburn paid 180k for this kid at least they got an MNC out of it.

    Its also been kind of entertaining wathcing the NCAA squim the past few months explaining why he was legal.

    I would also venture to guess that if you looked at all the teams that have played in the BCS Championship games each tema would have at least one player who was illegal and the school knew about it.

  6. bamasucks says: Mar 1, 2011 8:28 PM

    if you want to know anything about Scott Moore, this is probably a good place to start. this is nothing more than a disgraced radio personality trying to stir the pot to generate ratings for his new radio show.

    http://www.lexisone.com/lx1/caselaw/freecaselaw?action=OCLGetCaseDetail&format=FULL&sourceID=beehed&searchTerm=eSSE.IiTa.UYGK.ZcDH&searchFlag=y&l1loc=FCLOW

  7. Deb says: Mar 1, 2011 8:35 PM

    With friends like these … :roll:

    Blah blah blah … I wouldn’t care if the late Mother Teresa popped up claiming to have heard Gene Chizik personally offer Cam $200,000 unless she were willing to produce the tape.

    Now having said that …

    @rolltide510 …

    I don’t think any rational Bama fans expect Auburn to get the Death Penalty. However, Auburn boosters–being represented by Auburn attorneys, and testified against by another Auburn booster–go to trial on numerous federal charges in June. Nearly 3,000 hours of wiretapped conversations will be presented. And since both NCAA and FBI investigations into Auburn boosters are ongoing, it’s asinine to suggest the expectation that Auburn may be sanctioned is a fairytale. If you’ll clear the cobwebs out of your brain, perhaps you’ll recall that it took five years for the USC investigation to conclude.

    @gatorprof …

    Not every Alabama fan is a mentally disturbed 62-year-old. At least our lunatics didn’t coach our team.

  8. gamecockinfl says: Mar 1, 2011 8:42 PM

    prove it

  9. 1990tiger says: Mar 1, 2011 8:44 PM

    “OK, so let me get this straight. Moore is tossing around words like “liability”, “substantiated”, ” authenticated” and “due diligence” as his reasoning for not releasing the tapes at the same time he’s going on various radio shows discussing the content of the alleged tapes?

    Again, the stench is overwhelming.”
    _______________________

    My thoughts exactly. As an Auburn fan, I hope the tapes don’t exist but if they do, this let’s hear them and get this out in the open. Moore sounds like a loser playing the game of “I know something you don’t. I can’t really talk about it, but if I could, it would be something like this…..”

  10. minibull says: Mar 1, 2011 9:17 PM

    As a UT Vol fan, I seriously doubt that UT would have offered cash for Newton – there’s only one mega-booster who would have that kind of money to throw at him, and why would this booster endanger his new career when he was just was elected governor of Tennessee?

  11. gatorprof says: Mar 1, 2011 9:27 PM

    deb,

    Re: “Not every Alabama fan is a mentally disturbed 62-year-old. At least our lunatics didn’t coach our team.”

    I still remember a Tide coach doing his best impression of Charlie Sheen “It’s rollin’ baby, it’s rollin”.

  12. Deb says: Mar 1, 2011 10:12 PM

    @gatorprof …

    Ooooh good one!!! ROFL

    Sometimes I enjoy this lovely temporary amnesia where I skip right from Stallings to Saban. Do the same thing with Steelers QBs … straight from Bradshaw to Roethlisberger. But I do stop briefly to hug Bubby Brister. You can’t help but love a Southern guy who accidentally announces on live TV after a win: “I’m just as happy as sh*t!”

  13. gatorprof says: Mar 1, 2011 10:21 PM

    deb…it is fun living down here;)

    I do worry about coach Boom providing some funny moments given how wired he is…time will tell.

  14. pricecube says: Mar 1, 2011 10:48 PM

    I am so glad Lane Kiffin is gone.

    If Moore is fabricating this entire story then he is a complete POS. It will be proven and I am sure he will get his just deserts. And speaking of just deserts, if there is any truth to the story there will be quite a reckoning in the SEC. It will be interesting to see it play out. I agree with soflatrojan. I think very few people outside of Auburn fans are true believers. Furthermore one read of SEC ByLaw 14.01.3.2 was enough to convince me that Cam should have been ruled ineligible.

    “If at any time before or after matriculation in a member institution a student-athlete or ANY MEMBER OF HIS/HER FAMILY receives or AGREES TO RECEIVE, directly or indirectly, any aid or assistance beyond or in addition to that permitted by the Bylaws of this Conference (except such aid or assistance as such student-athlete may receive from those persons on whom the student is naturally or legally dependent for support), such student- athlete shall be INELIGIBLE for competition in any intercollegiate sport within the Conference FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS/HER COLLEGE CAREER.”

  15. southernpatriots says: Mar 2, 2011 9:47 AM

    pricecube: All the suits at the SEC must know of this by-law and one would wonder why they did not enforce it? Rumors are that they did not due to the facts of the case not supporting the by-law, or at least there was ambiguity which would have brought litigation. Certainly, the investigations continue as we keep being reminded by the press.

    John: Upon further investigation Moore appears to be an opportunist and self-promoter. He likely does not have the facts or a tape which sheds any further light on this matter. It is sad that radio stations would ally themselves with he and his show and open themselves up to ridicule and loss of revenue once it is proven he was not telling the truth. We do not feel this passes the “smell test.”

  16. cheesefrog says: Mar 2, 2011 11:55 AM

    @pricecube

    (ANY MEMBER OF HIS/HER FAMILY receives or AGREES TO RECEIVE)

    As far as we know, did either of things happen?

    We know that Cecil solicited money from MSU, but other than that there isn’t any known evidence of any agreement or receipt of money from any member institution. Until such, there is no violation of this bylaw.

  17. pricecube says: Mar 2, 2011 12:49 PM

    @cheesefrog

    IMO shopping something for specific remuneration ($180k in this case) is the same thing as “agreeing to receive” that amount… I am honestly surprised that this is even a point of contention.

  18. Deb says: Mar 2, 2011 1:02 PM

    Sorry, Cheesefrog, but when a member of the family solicits money, that in itself is an agreement to receive money. And I’ve heard examples of players being ruled ineligible for far less.

    By the time the info about Cecil Newton’s solicitation of MSU was fully exposed, too much money was riding on Auburn’s championship run. That’s why the NCAA skirted its own bylaws with this nonsense about an almost 21-year-old adult being completely in the dark about his future. It didn’t have anything to do with Cam or with Auburn, per se. It was all about the $$$$ the BCS stood to lose if Auburn were suddenly eliminated from the championship mix, leaving only non-qualifying schools like Boise and TCU. That’s the same reason the punishment for Ohio State’s wayward players was deferred until next year. The NCAA couldn’t risk losing TV revenue by yanking Pryor from the Sugar Bowl.

    People can debate until hell freezes, but it is what it is. The old man asked for money on the kid’s behalf. That is a big no-no. The NCAA has suspended kids in the past for less. They didn’t do it this time. Why? $$$$$$

  19. pricecube says: Mar 2, 2011 1:29 PM

    Well put Deb… you summarized my thoughts better than I could have.

  20. cheesefrog says: Mar 2, 2011 1:39 PM

    Hey, I’m just saying apparently it is not as cut and dried as you say with regards to the language of the bylaw. I don’t think I would have a very difficult time finding an attorney who could argue that a request is not legally equivalent to an agreement. One could even make the argument that if the school involved in said request is not the same school as the student attends, then the bylaw has not been violated. Note that I am not saying it reads that way but that it is a matter of interpretation of the language. If it is so clearly a violation, why no action? I don’t buy the NCAA/BCS $ conspiracy theory. This stuff was reported to the authorities way in advance of Auburn being in contention for any title.

  21. will357 says: Mar 2, 2011 2:13 PM

    A real possibility in all this, even if the tapes do exist, is that the offers claimed to have been received from UT and Auburn were just a sham negotiating tactic to get Mississippi State to consider a higher amount. As shady as this entire story seems, that’s as real a possibility as anything else.

  22. pricecube says: Mar 2, 2011 3:29 PM

    @will357

    The most common argument I heard for allowing Cam to play last season was something along the lines of “you cannot punish Cam for something his father did that he was completely unaware of…”. If these tapes do exist and Cam’s voice is on them, as Moore claims, then clearly Cam knew what was going on. He also lied about it throughout the entire ordeal. I think that would be very significant, whether or not the claims about offers from UT and AU were legit.

  23. edgy says: Mar 2, 2011 4:18 PM

    I don’t have anything vested in this fight but I believe that when push comes to shove, the Tigers could get AuBURNed by the NCAA. Unlike their fans, who keep insisting that there is no ongoing investigation, I have to believe that it’s possible that this could take 3 or 4 years to finally hit the fan ala USC and then the school will pay the price. It’s too bad that the school gets sanctioned that they would never be able to get the Newtons to pay for what they have done to the school but then again, if Auburn’s administration was aware of this then I have no sympathy (as was the case with SMU).

  24. tide4life says: Mar 2, 2011 10:18 PM

    Don’t rule out the nuclear option on our favorite kow kollege . . . it will take a while for all the Louder filth to come out in court; but when it does, the Plains will quake clean down to bedrock. The FBI don’t g.a.s. about NCAA shenanigans, but all that evidence will tell the story, and there will be great opportunity for egg on a great number of faces in the exalted and thoroughly corrupted halls of the SEC and NCAA. As has been pointed out, these things might take a while, and no one- NO ONE- outside the kow kollege believes Newton was clean. Heads will roll. Someday.
    And one of those little acorns, from one of those poor, abused trees at the Corners, will sprout and grow into a mighty oak in it’s own right . . . before kow kollege sees another national championship.

  25. Deb says: Mar 3, 2011 2:18 PM

    @cheesefrog …

    I told you why. Don’t underestimate the money involved in the BCS or what people will do for that kind of money. It was reported to the SEC long before Auburn’s championship run. It didn’t get to the NCAA and Cecil Newton’s involvement wasn’t confirmed until Auburn was topping the polls.

    The bylaw quoted here isn’t the only bylaw involved. And I’ve been talking to attorneys and judges about this. There’s ample precedent for other players being suspended for less. This whole thing is a dirty mess. I’m one of those who doubts the NCAA will ever again administer the Death Penalty–nor would I want that to happen to Auburn. But heavy sanctions? Yes, I’d expect that … and none of it will touch the Newtons. That disturbs me greatly since they solicited the money.

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