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SEC to tweak way violations are reported to NCAA

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

If you recall, prior (no pun intended) to the fiasco that’s already forced the resignation of Ohio State’s esteemed head coach and is threatening to envelope the entire football program, there was the Cam Newton imbroglio that threatened to derail Auburn’s run to a national title.

Briefly, for background purposes, Mississippi State was made aware, through an intermediary, that Newton’s signature on a Letter of Intent was available in exchange for $180,000, payable to Newton’s father Cecil.  MSU coaches/alumni were informed of this “offer” in November of 2009, and MSU officials informed the SEC of the pay-for-play scheme in January of the following year — interestingly, only after Newton opted for the Tigers over the Bulldogs.  Shortly after alerting the SEC of a potential issue, the conference requested additional information on the situation from MSU.  Because of what the school described as a heavy workload in the compliance department on non-football matters, the information requested by the SEC was not handed over for another six months, at some point during the month of July.

That delay led to the perception that the SEC and/or Auburn and/or the NCAA were dragging their collective feet due to the historic season Newton was in the midst of.  The SEC in particular was roundly criticized, a fact that apparently stuck in the craw of commissioner Mike Slive.  And, as it turns out, has led to some minor changes in how potential violations are handled.

Speaking to the media in the midst of the SEC’s spring meetings Tuesday, Slive said that the conference has met with the NCAA regarding the “timing issue” and, while not getting into any specifics, allowed that the way they do business will be tweaked in the future.

“We’ve reached an accommodation as to the kinds of issues they (the NCAA) have had in mind, and what they want to know, when they want to know,” Slive said according to the Birmingham News. “Those are relatively simple things for us to accommodate. There may be certain issues that they want to know about earlier than others. We have no problem reaching that accommodation.”

Slive also acknowledged discussions with MSU in regards to the way the entire Newton episode played out in the first half of 2010.

Slive said the SEC has since had appropriate dialogue with Mississippi State “and we’re at a comfortable place with them now.” Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said the school was not penalized by the SEC.

“I think what happened last year is an opportunity for us to reassess and make sure that we’re where we all need to be as far as working within the league guidelines,” Stricklin said. “I’ve said all along, we had integrity in the way we managed the recruitment of the young man.”

Said Slive: “Everybody in our league knows exactly what we expect of them. We’re very comfortable with that. We’re very comfortable with our relationship with the NCAA. We’ve always been that way.”

Incidentally, and for those who were curious, there are still open and ongoing investigations involving Newton’s recruitment as well as Auburn’s recruiting practices.  And an NCAA look into Tiger Prowl.  And allegations made by four former players on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

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21 Responses to “SEC to tweak way violations are reported to NCAA”
  1. brownsfrown says: Jun 1, 2011 1:01 PM

    Please tell me that the SEC’s “tweak” wasn’t adding a third intermediary to the process, since a six month delay was just too fast!

  2. silverdeer says: Jun 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    To: All Compliance Officers within the SEC
    From: The desk of the SEC Commissioner:

    From this day forward we are going to “tweak” how we report issues to the NCAA. That “tweak” is to refrain from reporting them to the NCAA until such time that the statute of limitations has expired. That way no one can be held responsible by either the NCAA or the court system and also by that time it won’t matter in the court of public opinion.

  3. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 1:14 PM

    Liars. MSU should have reported the Newtons’ pay-for-play scheme the minute it occurred. They didn’t because they were still in the hunt for his services. It’s not rocket science to figure out why they didn’t report the issue until after he’d signed with Auburn. It’s not rocket science to figure that if he was offering his services for a discounted $180,000 to MSU, then signed suddenly with Auburn–a school previously not even in the running–two weeks after his one and only visit, then their offer must have been much higher.

    What I can’t figure is why MSU then waited six months to provide further evidence. And the SEC is confused about what the NCAA wants? They’re burning Ohio State over players trading rings for tattoos, but the SEC doesn’t think players soliciting six-figure payoffs would be of supreme interest? Please. :roll:

    The rules state clearly that anyone soliciting money on behalf of a player will render the player ineligible. Nothing is said about whether the player has knowledge of the solicitation. This was swept under the rug for the sake of expediency and $$$$$$. It remains a shameful and embarrassing chapter in SEC history that I sincerely hope will one day cost Slive and some NCAA higher-ups their jobs.

  4. dickroy says: Jun 1, 2011 2:31 PM

    @ Deb

    Of coarse they are liars. We all know why they waited to report it. Once again I find myself in total agreement with your comments. Hit the nail right on the head.
    We think a lot alike. I’m just waiting to see you sign off with “Go Vols”
    But I won’t hold my breath!!

  5. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 2:50 PM

    @dickroy …

    No, please don’t hold your breath. I like you and would hate to see you keel over breathless! ;)

    Roll Tide!!

  6. dickroy says: Jun 1, 2011 2:59 PM

    @ Deb
    You have a good since of humor too.
    We are in tune with the Steelers though!!

  7. madmark9999 says: Jun 1, 2011 3:46 PM

    Let me see if I have this correct. Cam was about to be kicked out of Florida for the theft of a lap top computer and the plagerism of buying a term paper(s) off the web. So he quits and heads to a junior college. He wins a title playing in a third level school and tries to sell his services to the highest bidder. MSU doesn’t report the offer until he chooses another school. Then they can’t respond to the NCAA until “After” Auburn wins the National Title and the NCAA and SEC make a ton of money. Then he bolts for the NFL. Did he even earn enough credits to be an alumni at Aubrun? Anywhere? I mean, doesn’t it usually come true that if it smells like crap, looks like crap, draws flies like crap, it just might be crap? Funny how sanctions, after the fact, don’t seem to hurt the NCAA financially. Also funny how divisions with their OWN television netowrks (Big Ten, Pac Ten) get death penalties and schools that rely on the NCAA negotiated contracts for TV coverage (SEC) slide?
    (Read above notation about crap)

  8. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 3:53 PM

    @dickroy …

    Thank you! Go Steelers!!!!

  9. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 4:02 PM

    Well, PFT just censored another one of my posts and I think we should have a contest to find the mystery obscenity. Here’s the post …

    @thephantomstranger …

    Gregg posted the statement from the McCowns on the cancellation of their camp above. Obviously my comment was in reference to camps involving coaches and players.

    What do you suppose they found so subversive that they’ve now censored it three times … so far?

  10. thompgk says: Jun 1, 2011 4:04 PM

    “The rules state clearly that anyone soliciting money on behalf of a player will render the player ineligible. Nothing is said about whether the player has knowledge of the solicitation. This was swept under the rug for the sake of expediency and $$$$$$. It remains a shameful and embarrassing chapter in SEC history that I sincerely hope will one day cost Slive and some NCAA higher-ups their jobs.”

    Oh what a bunch of a crap from a Bammer crybaby.

    Its not near as embarrassing as the human trafficking that went on in Russelville in January.

  11. thompgk says: Jun 1, 2011 4:09 PM

    And the only reason neither Auburn or MSU is going to ever get in trouble for the recruitment of Cam is because both schools essentially cooperated and came clean with the NCAA about what happened.

    Now MSU is the reason this all went public and they only came clean when they lost out on Cam, but they didn’t give them money and there has been zero proof that money ever exchanged hands.

    People are just mad because they want blood for everything. Bama fans are mad because Auburn struck gold and took all their limelight away. MSU fans are mad because they might have been better than mediocre this year. Everyone has a reason for being mad.

    Kiss the ring.

  12. brownsfrown says: Jun 1, 2011 4:13 PM

    @Deb

    I think they just don’t like you, Deb! Might be the “assertive women with intelligence” issue!

    That’s why you’ll always be mine…

    …so long as you don’t give ME a three paragraph butt-chewing when I ask what’s for dinner!

  13. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 4:25 PM

    @thompgk …

    First, you can kiss my lovely Southern backside. Then you can kiss the rings–that’s plural. My college and pro teams have 19 of them, so I have no reason to be envious of your one piddling little bauble that’s probably going to cost your school much more than it was ever worth … and be recalled.

    If you search back, you’ll find that when the allegations first came out about Cam, I defended him all over the place … until the NCAA skirted its own rules with a suspension/reinstatement before anyone knew what was happening. And if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll also know I’ve argued against Auburn taking heavy sanctions, too, because I don’t believe in punishing schools for the actions of individuals.

    Don’t lump me into some “Bammer” homer group that just wants to stick it to Auburn. I don’t operate like that. But I don’t like seeing OSU raked through the coals while Auburn was given a pass because it’s not fair. As far as I’m concerned you earned that title on the field and beat us fair and square in the Iron Bowl. But I don’t like the games Newtons play, and I don’t want them–or their accomplices–to get away with it.

    And as for limelight … I’m not a kid. We went without a championship for 17 years. My Steelers went without for 26. I’m used to the fickle fate of being a football fan.

  14. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 4:31 PM

    @brownsfrown …

    After me complaining all this time and posting little snarks to them, I must have finally complained to the right person because they just pulled the original comment posted more than two hours ago out of the kill pile and put it up. Usually when they refuse to post something, I can figure out why, rewrite, and get it posted. But with that two sentences, I was completely flummoxed. That kind of editorial control just makes me nuts.

    Oh wait … you want me to do the cooking? :)

  15. 78lion says: Jun 1, 2011 5:00 PM

    So in the SEC the school isn’t responsible for reporting a violation to the NCAA? It’s up to the SEC office. Unique.

  16. brownsfrown says: Jun 1, 2011 5:06 PM

    @Deb

    Okay. Since you used the word “flummoxed” within days of “prescient,” you have confirmed for me that I am engaged to a human Scrabble board!

    Keep talking dirty to me like that, and I will cook for you regularly! LOL!

    In keeping with the thread, nice thumping on thompgk! No sense in me flaming on the anti-Bama crowd when you do it so eloquently!

  17. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 5:56 PM

    @brownsfrown …

    You’re going to spoil me with all those nice comments :)

    @78lion …

    I never thought about that, but it does read that way. Surely the reporting rules would be the same for all NCAA schools.

  18. John Taylor says: Jun 1, 2011 6:04 PM

    Actually, Deb, there’s no set standard to which all conferences must adhere.

  19. indi0228 says: Jun 1, 2011 6:13 PM

    As other major college coaches have stated in the past, once a recruit is on the radar of an SEC school, they pull out since they can’t afford the player. The $EC talking about reporting violation? You can’t be serious.

  20. brownsfrown says: Jun 1, 2011 10:20 PM

    @Deb

    Should I feel jealous that Cam is kissing your engagement slipper in the picture above?

    I’m not the jealous sort, but the orange and blue theme DOES cause me a bit of discomfort!

  21. Deb says: Jun 1, 2011 11:56 PM

    Thanks, JT!

    @indio228 ….

    Awww, do the other coaches really say that? Is that before or after the SEC wipes the floor with them :) What do the coaches at USC and Ohio State say? That should be interesting. :lol:

    @brownsfrown …

    That photo makes me a tad bit uncomfortable, too. Cam is entirely too friendly with that block of crystal. I’ve just never seen a player get so up close and personal with a trophy before. He may cause a scene when they take it back. ;)

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