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NCAA recommending ‘Cam Newton rule’ to Amateurism Cabinet

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Okay, so it’s not really called the Cam Newton rule. At least not yet.

But we can certainly guess why the NCAA is recommending it to the Division 1 Amateurism Cabinet.

According to the Associated Press, the NCAA is looking into broadening the definition of what classifies as an agent to include family members and other (hopefully) soon-to-be-specified third parties in an effort to close the loophole that allowed Newton to remain eligible last December.

NCAA bylaw 12.3.3, for which Newton was originally ruled ineligible under, currently classifies an “athletics scholarship agent” as “Any individual, agency or organization that represents a prospective student-athlete for compensation in placing the prospective student-athlete in a collegiate institution as a recipient of institutional financial aid shall be considered an agent or organization marketing the individual’s athletics ability or reputation.”

The NCAA later determined Cam didn’t know his father was attempting to solicit money for his playing services, and under bylaw 14.11.1, he was reinstated and allowed to play in the BCS National Championship.

By specifying that an athletic scholarship agent could be a family member, it wouldn’t matter if a player didn’t know that the said family member was shopping the athlete’s services for financial gain because the family member would be representing that prospect for compensation.

In other words, if this rule had been instated at the time of the NCAA’s December ruling, Cam Newton would not only have been ineligible for the BCS Championship game, he would have been ineligible for the 2010 season.

Upon first glance, it would appear the term “any individual… that represents a prospective student-athlete for compensation” is pretty all-encompassing, but if there’s one thing of which the NCAA isn’t afraid, it’s getting more specific.

UPDATED 10:10 a.m. ET on 7/27: A couple people have raised some good questions that merit some clarification. As I noted above, common sense would indicate that the phrase “any individual” would include a parent or other family member.

The key word to hone in on is “represent”. Rule 12.3.3 implies — and perhaps dangerously, assumes — that someone representing a student-athlete or a prospect is doing so with the student-athlete’s or prospect’s knowledge. That doesn’t necessarily mean that representation has to be legal or official, just someone who is looking for compensation on behalf of that student-athlete or prospect.

By expanding the definition of a scholarship agent to a family member, the student-athlete or prospect would be “represented” regardless of whether they knew or not.

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14 Responses to “NCAA recommending ‘Cam Newton rule’ to Amateurism Cabinet”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jul 26, 2011 11:22 PM

    To all reasonable college football fans, even good alums and fans of Auburn, this NCAA rule needs some clarification and specificity that was not in existence when Cam’s father admitted he presented his offers to Miss. State. Hope the NCAA does the right thing here and fixes this loophole.

    Getting the NCAA to go beyond this situation and get some significant changes which enable the players to receive a little more monthly stipend and to have a few of the membership university presidents advocate a playoff for Div. 1A may be a little too much to ask of the NCAA?
    Oh, well we can dream…

  2. ladyhuckleberry says: Jul 26, 2011 11:28 PM

    The NCAA’s a joke. What can you say and do you really think they’ll do anything, get real and be honest.

  3. bender4700 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:36 PM

    better names:

    “Day Late, Tainted Championship Short rule”

    “Papa Don’t Preach (anymore) rule”

    “The Highest Bowl Bid(der) rule”

    “The John Blake is like my Uncle rule”
    Oh wait, that would apply to Coaches working as Agents rule.

    “The Cam “at least I didn’t cheat on my academics again” Newton rule”

    Name it what you(they) want, it’s totally a smack in the face of every principle the NCAA (pretends to) care about.

    We can’t lose that Amateur status, and thus not pay the people who bring in the money. It will be a cold day in the Sahara before the NCAA allows anyone to take their money.

    The way they do things now are simply, find a problem, ignore it, then once February hits act like they give a crap. Accept ridiculous self imposed sanctions, drag their feet, and do nothing. OSU, North Carolina will simply play the “we didn’t know” card, and everyone else will get off. USC really got off easy. The coach literally bolted town as soon as it became clear something was going down. Yet, they got a slap on the wrist.

    Anyone really think USC is in trouble? So they can’t go to a Bowl game for 2 years, it’s USC! SMU went down because they literally shut the doors for awhile. USC still has top talent coming in, most of them will redshirt this year anyway. It’s like they got a couple years off with no pressure and real expectations.

    The NCAA, has and will always be a joke as long as they control the student athletes like people have been controlled for many years. Person A has a talent that people will pay to watch. Organization A controls the means that Person A is able to display those talents for at least 3 years. Organization A makes lots and lots of money off Person A, and Person A is literally BANNED from making money off that as well, until Organization A is done with them. Organization A NEVER returns the money or at least a portion to Person A as a thank you for literally paying their bills. Person A gets a degree in an economy where degrees don’t matter anymore. Talk to someone with a masters who is unemployed due to “consolidation” and tell me how awesome that paper is.

    How is that still acceptable in a society that looks back on history on slavery in disgust and shame?

  4. thepar46 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:36 AM

    The NCAA,said they wanted accountable from all schools,yet they are doing nothing more to Ohio ST.now they are going to give Auburn a pass on Newton.How much has the SEC,and the big 10 paid the NCAA to look the other way!!!They hammered SC,and most likely will do the same to Oregon,but give the SEC,and big 1 0 a green light to cheat on!!

  5. burntorangehorn says: Jul 27, 2011 8:39 AM

    bender, the NCAA is nothing like slavery. Each and every competitor in NCAA history, including me, made the conscious decision to apply for eligibility and compete in the NCAA. Any of us was able to walk away at any time. There’s really no comparison, and it shows a shallow understanding if you think there is.

  6. florida727 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:25 AM

    NCAA bylaw 12.3.3, for which Newton was originally ruled ineligible under, currently classifies an “athletics scholarship agent” as “Any individual, agency or organization that represents a prospective student-athlete for compensation…
    ———————————————
    Apparently an athlete’s parent doesn’t qualify as an ‘individual’. Another clear example of the stupidity of the NCAA. The Rule reads fine, assuming you know how to read.

  7. soflatrojan says: Jul 27, 2011 11:31 AM

    Bender,

    You are the first person I have ever heard say USC got off easy. A 2 year bowl ban and 30 scholarships for 1 illegal player is hardly getting off easy.

    Yes, USC will continue to get top talent because they have a lot to offer. Losing 30 scholarships means you can’t miss on player evaluations. Injuries or academic casualties will both hurt.

    Several teams have gotten slaps on the wrist or nothing at all but USC is not in that group. I am not sure if they are done punishing USC either. The NCAA charged Kiffin with failure to monitor at UT and not the school. USC has a whole different set of rules when it comes to the NCAA.

  8. Deb says: Jul 27, 2011 12:24 PM

    The wording of the rule was never ambiguous. The NCAA chose to pretend it was ambiguous in order to all Cam to keep playing and to keep a major school in contention for the championship game. The fear was that ratings would plummet for a NC featuring two “little sisters of the poor.”

    But what’s done is done, and it’s good the NCAA is finally locking the door after the horse has escaped.

    The bigger frustration to me is that Cam Newton is an exceptional young athlete whose name will always carry a question mark because of his father’s behavior. You don’t try to steal to keep a church going. Cecil should have stayed out of his son’s business and not solicited anyone. They’d only have had to wait a year for the money and Cam would not have this blot on his name. It’s just sad that such a talented athlete has to live down a scandal instigated by his own father.

  9. gatiger says: Jul 27, 2011 12:40 PM

    If you’re going to ask for money, as rich as heck Alum who already think they above the rules…all the schools have em. Just look at UCONN. That guy wanted his millions back because he wasn’t consulted in the new coach selection.

    I can’t see ANY coach at ANY institiution thinking it would be ok to dole out $$$$ for a player. The NCAA may be slow, but that’s going to come out.

    One last thing. This T-Town thing with Bama is terrible. The T-Town owner is seriously taking advantage of these kids. The players and school may take the hit, but this guy will just sleaze on away.

    I see no way to keep Alumns with more money than sense from damaging programs.

  10. gatiger says: Jul 27, 2011 12:41 PM

    ps institution not whatever the heck I typed before. got a little key happy

  11. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:26 PM

    Newton would still have a *mark* because he was implicated in the theft of a laptop as well as cheating on exams and then withdrawing 2 days before the the UF review board was due to meet and expel him!

    Cam Newton was as much a part of dirtying his name as his father was….the apple did NOT fall far from the tree!!!!!!

  12. Deb says: Jul 27, 2011 2:39 PM

    @gatiger …

    Amen to that. Why can’t these so-called boosters just enjoy the games instead of trying to own the teams and the players?

    @blitz4848 …

    I’m not excusing Cam for stealing a laptop, but it’s not exactly a hanging offense. People make mistakes and they can clean up their acts. Being involving in that kind of thing as a freshman or sophmore would not put him all over the news and still be following him into the pros. Yes, he’s a man now and responsible for his own actions. But I still think it’s sad when an apple grows up under the influence of a corrupt tree.

  13. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:15 PM

    @ Deb

    I agree–just wanted to point out that he was caught read handed possessing a stolen lap and throwing it out the window and lying to the police.

    My issue is I could wipe that one away but he followed that up with “twice” stealing other students exams/papers off professors desks and resubmitting them with HIS name one yr later!

    Seams there was a pattern there that left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. Remember these incidents took place BEFORE Pimp Daddy
    started soliiting offers!!!!!

  14. Deb says: Jul 28, 2011 12:20 AM

    @blitz4848 …

    Yes, Cam’s behavior problems happened before his dad started soliciting offers, but I doubt Cecil was a holy man who suddenly decided to pimp his kid. More likely, Cam was raised in an environment where his father pretended to follow one set of rules in public but practiced something else in private. Parents like that can do a lot of damage to their kids.

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