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Cam investigation ends, no major violations for Auburn

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

Nearly a year after allegations first surfaced of Cam Newton‘s father soliciting money in exchange for his son’s football talents, the NCAA’s investigation into the alleged situation has come to a conclusion.

And, in what will surely come as a surprise to some/many/most, the results are favorable toward Newton’s former school.

The NCAA informed Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs in a letter dated Oct. 11 that, following The Association’s 13-month investigation into the allegations involving the 2010 Heisman winner, “the enforcement staff has not substantiated any… violations” involving the current Carolina Panthers quarterback.  It had been alleged that Newton’s father, Cecil Newton, as well as a “middle man” had attempted to obtain in the neighborhood of $180,000 from individuals connected to the Mississippi State football program in exchange for Newton’s signing in February of 2010.

From the NCAA’s letter to Jacobs:

Regarding Mr. [Cam] Newton, the enforcement staff and the university conducted over 50 interviews regarding an alleged pay-for-play scenario.  Additionally, an extensive number of documents, including but not limited to, bank records, personal IRS documents telephone records and email messages, were obtained and reviewed as part of the inquiry. … It was also determined that Mr. [Cam] Newton and university representatives were not aware of that [pay-for-play scenario].

In a statement, the NCAA wrote that they are “committed to a fair and thorough investigative process. As such, any allegations of major rules violations must meet a burden of proof, which is a higher standard than rampant public speculation online and in the media. The allegations must be based on credible and persuasive information and includes a good-faith belief that the Committee on Infractions could make a finding.

The letter to Jacobs does note that, “should the enforcement staff become aware of additional information” regarding Newton’s recruitment, the NCAA “will review that information to determine whether further investigation is necessary.”

Additionally, the NCAA wrote in their missive to AU that they were unable to substantiate  any of the allegations made by former Tiger players during an HBO show earlier this year.  Those players — Raven Gray, Stanley McClover, Chaz Ramsey and Troy Reddick —  all alleged that they had received extra benefits and impermissible inducements from boosters and/or AU coaches.

Through interviews with Gray and his family, his claims could not be substantiated and in some cases was disputed by others.  The other former players refused to cooperate with NCAA investigators “despite several attempts to interview those individuals.”

“We appreciate the NCAA and thank them for their professionalism and thoroughness during this exhaustive investigation. We are pleased to put this matter behind us,” Jacobs said in a statement.

Add it all up, and it means that, barring any new information surfacing in the coming months and years, Auburn will get to keep its crystal for winning the 2010 BcS championship and Newton will hold on to his stiff-armed trophy.  And, finally, both parties might actually be able to enjoy the spoils of their on-field success, regardless of the cloud of suspicion that will continue to hang over both entities despite being “cleared” by the NCAA.

UPDATE 7:16 p.m. ET: Cam Newton has (very briefly) addressed the end of the NCAA’s investigation and its positive outcome.

Cam Newton said Wednesday he was not surprised that the NCAA cleared Auburn of any wrongdoing in his signing after more than a year of investigations.

“I could have told you that,” Newton told the Charlotte Observer as he left the Carolina Panthers’ facility

Asked for an additional comment, Newton said, “No, let’s let old wounds” heal, he said.

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57 Responses to “Cam investigation ends, no major violations for Auburn”
  1. blitzburghgator says: Oct 12, 2011 5:53 PM

    “Dear schools,

    Feel free to cheat, we dont care.

    Sincerely,
    The NCAA”

  2. thekatman says: Oct 12, 2011 5:53 PM

    I find this annoncement to fully support the fact that the NCAA is completely biased in its investigations of NCAA infractions at schools. And here’s proof from the announcement:

    In a statement, the NCAA wrote that they are “committed to a fair and thorough investigative process. As such, any allegations of major rules violations must meet a burden of proof, which is a higher standard than rampant public speculation online and in the media. The allegations must be based on credible and persuasive information and includes a good-faith belief that the Committee on Infractions could make a finding.

    The NCAA is not committed to a fair and thorough investigative process; otherwise, they wouldn’t have sanctioned USC as hard as they did, based on nothing but comments/ and unsubstantiated testamony from two crimminals, Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels.

    Since Cam Newton’s father adimitted to shopping him around to the highest bidder, that in and of itself is THE VIOLATION.

    Again, more utter nonesense from the NCAA.
    Time top fired the NCAA and for the member universities to create their own organization.

    Mark Emmertt and the NCAA are a sham and an embarrassment to collegiate athletics.

  3. canetic says: Oct 12, 2011 5:55 PM

    Ha, the NCAA at its finest.

  4. sparty0n says: Oct 12, 2011 5:55 PM

    So they are going to act as if Cam’s comment “the money was too much” never happened???

  5. phelbin says: Oct 12, 2011 6:00 PM

    Boise State gets hit up with major violations because incoming freshmen spent a few weeks sleeping on upperclassmen’s couches, and this pay for play that led to a championship gets swept under the rug. Yup…seems about right. Well done, NCAA, you protected your guys.

  6. Deb says: Oct 12, 2011 6:06 PM

    Hey, blitzburghgator and the katman, would you feel better if the NCAA had sanctioned Auburn without any proof they paid the kid? Come on.

    According to the bylaws, Cam should have been ruled ineligible based on his father’s solicitation of MSU. You can be angry with the NCAA for that. But you can’t be angry with them for closing the investigation after 13 months of failing to find any evidence. The political corruption cases involving Auburn boosters are being retried, and some information may yet be found on those 2,500 hours of audiotapes made by the feds. The NCAA has said they’ll revisit if new information emerges. Until and unless that happens, it’s time to let it go.

    Do I believe it’s likely Auburn paid for his services? Yes. But I also believe people are innocent until proved guilty. You can’t hang people on supposition. And Cam & co. did beat us fair and square on the field. Nothing will change that.

    Congratulations to the Tigers.

  7. jbpanthers says: Oct 12, 2011 6:14 PM

    Cam Newton haters have been proved to be nothing than slanderers, especially the media. If I were Cam I’d sue some of the media outlets.

  8. Deb says: Oct 12, 2011 6:16 PM

    @phelbin …

    It’s not about protecting “their guys.” The NCAA couldn’t find the smoking gun–and neither could the dozens of investigative reporters who’ve been climbing all over this story for more than a year. If they could, the NCAA would have clobbered Auburn.

    Boise State was just screwed like a lot of other programs have been because they tripped over some of the NCAA’s stupid nitpicky rules that need to be abolished. It’s a lot easier to prove idiotic stuff like that than the big under-the-table pay-for-play scams.

  9. southernpatriots says: Oct 12, 2011 6:17 PM

    “As such, any allegations of major rules violations must meet a burden of proof, which is a higher standard than rampant public speculation online and in the media. The allegations must be based on credible and persuasive information and includes a good-faith belief that the Committee on Infractions could make a finding.”

    Check back in all previous blogs of CFT and others where Alabama, Big 10, and many other bloggers blasted Auburn, insinuated and outright accused them of “wrongdoing” (our words not the bloggers words which were much stronger). “Rampant public speculation online” including here on CFT happened. It would be wise to await the conclusions of investigations.

    Surmises, suspicions, allegations, rumors, etc. are not evidence. My family and I (we) cautioned all that no evidence proving Auburn or Cam did anything wrong had been presented and has not to this point, though so many media talking heads have alledged they have that evidence. A huge number of domestic and even foreign investigative journalists descended upon Auburn, AL to research and try to find wrongdoing.

    On one of our trips to Auburn over the past months, we ate in the same restaurant at the next table from several of these reporters and they informed us they had not uncovered any evidence of wrongdoing. These were not Auburn reporters. One was from New York and the other from England. Investigative journalists from several prominent news magazine shows on television visited Auburn and tried to find evidence to substantiate allegations made. They went to Starkville, Birmingham, and wherever and to whomever the story took them and could not find wrongdoing.

    My family and I (we) are not alums or fans of Auburn. We have to play them along with the other two of the AAAs shortly. We want to beat them badly. We also want fairness and objectivity when accusations are made that could result in great penalties for a player and/or school. This is what we cautioned from the beginning on CFT. We know many did not and would not listen but wrote all manner of accusation against Cam, Auburn, and the SEC.

  10. Deb says: Oct 12, 2011 6:17 PM

    jbpanthers says:

    Cam Newton haters have been proved to be nothing than slanderers, especially the media. If I were Cam I’d sue some of the media outlets.
    ————————————————-

    Since his dad confessed to pimping him to Mississippi state for six figures, I don’t think that slander suit would get very far :roll:

    None of this would have happened if they hadn’t tried to cheat in the first place.

  11. volsunghawk says: Oct 12, 2011 6:19 PM

    The tears of the Auburn and Cam haters are delicious.

  12. fitz66 says: Oct 12, 2011 6:26 PM

    CFB has its Barry Bonds

  13. bamasleeper13 says: Oct 12, 2011 6:32 PM

    I am a long time Bama fan and I never thought Auburn was at fault. Cam should have been ineligible from the minute his dad shopped him from playing at ANY school. I love the way the NCAA picks and chooses which rules to follow. Way to go, show all the future college athletes what a just system this is. What a joke.

  14. dcroz says: Oct 12, 2011 6:50 PM

    What really makes me sick in this whole deal is one Danny Sheridan. He was on Finebaum today making it sound like he knew EXACTLY how this was going to play out, and that anyone who said differently was a “cockroach.”

    So let’s review: Sheridan claimed during an interview on Finebaum at SEC Media Days in late July that he had the name of the “bag man” who was the go-between for the Newtons and whomever was supposed to have paid them, and that he would give the name in two weeks…or rather, he *might* give the name. So when he comes back on in two weeks with his attorney in tow, he says he can’t give the name for a variety of reasons and that he never promised he would give the name…but we’re just supposed to take his word for it that he knows what he is talking about, and that in and of itself proves that he indeed knows what he is talking about.

    A few weeks later, he gets called by the NCAA to come to Indianapolis and discuss with them what information he says he has, and who in the NCAA offices gave it to him. Sheridan spins it as if he is being called as a witness of some sort, but what exactly is said is attested to by Sheridan and *no one else*. In fact, the NCAA essentially states that Sheridan is full of it…which Sheridan then uses as proof that he know what he is talking about because he says he does.

    Now the NCAA rules that they cannot find any proof of a pay-for-play scheme…and Sheridan says he knew this was exactly going to happen if his “bag man” did not come forward, a person that Sheridan claims he himself interviewed and who denied it was true. But even though no one has verified any of this aside from Sheridan himself, Sheridan contends that this is proof that he knows what he is talking about.

    Oh, and Sheridan also took credit for saying that the investigation would come to a close in 3-6 months. And that if he had not had his little conversation with Finebaum, the investigation would have taken a lot longer, but they had succeeded in speeding up the process. And this proves that Sheridan knows what he is talking about, at least according to Sheridan, anyway.

    Thing is, if you take everything that Sheridan has (ahem) contributed to this whole investigation…you come out with exactly the same result as if he had kept his moustachioed-mouth shut. But he know what he is talking about. And if he’s in the know on this, then how much more does he know about this weekend’s betting lines, so CALL NOW!

    What a joke.

  15. suprmous says: Oct 12, 2011 6:51 PM

    Words of wisdom: you can’t live in the same house with somebody and NOT know what’s going on. For everytime there’s been a denial on either Cecil’s or Cam’s side he should’ve been out on his keeister. But as many have said and I’ll repeat it, the NCAA’s a joke they govern things with a feather on what and who they want to, and the list goes on. This all goes to show what the future of College Athletic programs are going to be in the future and what we can look forward to as to what the athletes will turn out to be. There’s been way too many to get away with things while many get slapped around like adopted step children. Where there’s no discpline how can there be decent rule abiding performers? All of what I’m saying is just food for thought and not meant to cause a holy war to start.

  16. mdnittlion says: Oct 12, 2011 7:12 PM

    I going to go out on a lim here and guess this isn’t going to to go away no matter what happens? Can’t people be happy that he’s the first Heisman QB in a while to go into the NFL and actually play well(I don’t give Bradford the credit cause he couldn’t make it to the playoffs when 7-9 wins the division)?

    If not I’m sure next to the Grassy Knoll his situation will become America’s next great conspiracy theory, I’ve moved on we all should.

  17. florida727 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:42 PM

    I might be in the minority here, but if the NCAA can’t find proof and prevent an athlete from competing while he’s eligible, what’s the point of investigating this more than a year after-the-fact? I mean, I get the whole ‘punish the school’ thing, but if you’re the team that lost the national championship game, would it make you feel better to have Auburn’s win vacated? You lost on the field, during the competitive playing of the game. Being handed a win a year later is pretty hollow. If the NCAA really wants to do its job, do whatever it takes to prevent the cheaters from competing at all. Why not have an NCAA investigator assigned to every D1 school? Or one investigator for every 2-3 schools? With the BILLIONS the NCAA makes, they can certainly afford it. Closing the barn door after the animals are all out has never proven to be worthwhile.

  18. tradeassociation says: Oct 12, 2011 7:46 PM

    “sparty0n says: Oct 12, 2011 5:55 PM

    So they are going to act as if Cam’s comment “the money was too much” never happened???”

    Ummm … since no one ever actually PROVED that Cam Newton said it (it wasn’t videotaped, and no one ever came forward to testify to the NCAA or anybody else that he said it) … basically yeah. The NCAA had to treat it for what it was, which was an unsubstantiated rumor.

  19. tradeassociation says: Oct 12, 2011 7:53 PM

    Two things about this case.

    1. The Newtons VOLUNTARILY turned over their personal, business and church financial records to not only the NCAA but the FBI. Bank statements, tax returns, everything. So … if the Newtons did anything more than a free steak dinner form Auburn or anyone associated with them, where’s the money, folks that have already tried and convicted the NCAA?

    2. When were the actual allegation against Newton and Auburn made? I must have missed it. I missed it when anyone ever actually said “Cam Newton was paid $180,000 to go to Auburn” and “this coach/alum/booster paid Cam Newton $180,000″ or even “I saw Cam Newton with a fancy car/new house/jewelry/new clothes/new XBox or ANYTHING and he couldn’t explain where he got the money.” I repeat: NO ONE EVER ACCUSED CAM NEWTON OF GETTING MONEY TO THE NCAA, THE MEDIA, THE POLICE OR ANYBODY ELSE. NO ONE EVER ACCUSED AUBURN OR ANYONE CONNECTED TO THEM WITH GIVING CAM NEWTON MONEY. The NCAA just spent the last 13 months on due diligence. BUT THERE WAS NEVER A CASE. The NCAA looked into it. The FBI looked into it. The secretaries of state of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi looked into it. NO ONE EVER CAME UP WITH ANY ACCUSATIONS – LET ALONE EVIDENCE – THAT THE NEWTONS GOT ANY MONEY. And by the way … the other schools recruiting Newton, which included Tennessee and Oklahoma – all state that Newton never asked them for any money during recruitment.

    So folks, please address #1 or #2, and not the rumors that you have heard (which the NCAA spent 13 months investigating) or what you wish to believe simply because you’re jealous that Auburn won the title that you wish your school did.

  20. deltamyhome says: Oct 12, 2011 8:00 PM

    WOW I think the NCAA really screwed up.

  21. 1990tiger says: Oct 12, 2011 8:01 PM

    This is where I come in and say “I told you so…”

    I’ve been generally quiet this year….haven’t had much to say about my Tigers….just happy with any/every win we can get. I’m not sure we will see many more of them for the rest of the season but I can always dream.

  22. 1990tiger says: Oct 12, 2011 8:05 PM

    btw, my “told you so” applies not only to the NCAA investigation of Auburn but to Cam’s performance as a rookie QB in the NFL as well. The guy is focused and a competitor. Give his some time (and his team some defense) and they will start winning some games.

  23. 78lion says: Oct 12, 2011 8:11 PM

    It’s time to take compliance out of the schools and put them in the NCAA or some better organization. If a school/booster/student(typed while laughing)athlete wants to cheat, the NCAA with limited investigative resources can’t stop them and can’t find it.

  24. tradeassociation says: Oct 12, 2011 8:17 PM

    @deltamyhome:

    What did they screw up? The investigation into accusations that Cam Newton took hundreds of thousands of dollars from Auburn to play football there? Well, let me point out what everyone is doing their best to ignore: THERE WERE NO ACCUSATIONS. NO ONE EVER ACTUALLY MADE ACCUSATIONS TO THE NCAA OR ANYONE ELSE THAT CAM NEWTON EVER RECEIVED ANY MONEY FROM AUBURN OR ANYBODY ELSE. Instead, the only accusations was that Cam Newton’s father attempted to extort $180,000 from Mississippi State BUT FAILED. So, the NCAA investigated to see if he received – or tried to receive – money from Auburn as well. The NCAA investigated. The FBI investigated. The IRS investigated. The secretaries of state of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia investigated. The media investigated. For 13 months. So what on earth was there for the NCAA to screw up? Were they supposed to hammer Auburn and strip their title and Newton’s Heisman because of what everyone THINKS that they did?

  25. tradeassociation says: Oct 12, 2011 8:24 PM

    78lion:

    Again, actually read the media reports. It wasn’t just the NCAA who investigated. This case was also thoroughly investigated by:

    1. The FBI, because there were accusations of federal crimes.
    2. The IRS, who would want taxes to be paid on $180,000.
    3. The secretaries of state of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia because the allegations – if true – would have been felony violations.
    4. The media … the very same folks who broke the stories concerning USC, Miami, Ohio State and North Carolina. Yahoo Sports looked into this from the beginning, didn’t find a thing.
    5. The NFL. Do you honestly think that the Carolina Panthers – and their very conservative Republican owner – would have invested a #1 pick in this kid if there was anything to this stuff, especially when the Panthers already had a QB that the owner likes a whole lot in Jimmy Clausen? And you KNOW the level of background checking and resources NFL teams have. Keep in mind: the Houston Texans passed up Reggie Bush because their owner investigated the charges, found out they were legit, asked Reggie Bush about them in a meeting, and Bush lied to him to his face.

    Sorry, 78lion, but unless the folks who supposedly paid off Newton are being totally quiet, and the Newtons got the money in cash and are keeping it in a mattress someplace instead of spending it (the rumors that Cecil Newton laundered it through his church or his trucking business … the FBI looked into that already) then it is far more likely that no wrongdoing occurred beyond Cecil Newton’s FAILED attempt to shake down Mississippi State.

  26. autigresspen says: Oct 12, 2011 8:26 PM

    tradeassociation, you are ABSOLUTELY right about it all. We Americans all want to be innocent until proven guilty….that is until the team of a school they don’t like is involved. Then, any ole rumor will do to slam them. Once the NCAA cleared Cam last year to play against GA, there was no proof of anything other than his dad talking to MS State about money. It should have been long over. In the words of Cam himself, “I could have told you that”.

    Auburn does history of violations, but there has been nothing more than a few minors since 1992. Give it a rest guys. We are one of the good guys, whether you want to believe it or not.

    I have just one more thing to say:

    WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!

    Make that 2…..Go Cam and the Panthers!!!

  27. tradeassociation says: Oct 12, 2011 8:34 PM

    autigresspen:

    It actually seems to be more than that. There has been a level of viciousness against Newton and Auburn that is unreal … surpassing anything that I have ever seen. It wasn’t as if folks thought that it was true, it was that they WANTED it to be true, because they WANTED bad things to happen to Newton and Auburn, and it is difficult to say who they wanted to get stuck worse. Now we know why Auburn didn’t get any piece of the 2004 title – or even a shot at it – and also why the pollsters chose to give the national title to the #5 team (Miami I think?) instead of the #2 team in the 1980s after the #1 team (and the #3 team and the #4 team) lost. Face it … the media has it out for Auburn.

    And Newton … remember that awful, ugly hateful stuff that was being said about him during the draft process? Granted, some wacky stuff comes out … I still remember the infamous question asked to Dez Bryant the Dolphins, and the 49ers asking Matt Stafford nonsense, totally irrelevant questions about his family. (That 49er regime has been cleaned out, and the Miami regime will be shortly.) But the Newton stuff was way over the top … and over stealing a laptop. I repeat … stealing a laptop. Years ago. Did a diversion program, got his MISDEMEANOR criminal record expunged, and not a hint of trouble since that incident.

    Someone needs to explain to me why Auburn and Cam Newton came to be public enemy #1.

  28. dcroz says: Oct 12, 2011 8:43 PM

    tradeassociation:

    Thank you so much. I just knew that there was absolutely no way this article could be complete without an Auburn fan whining. “Oh, the media has it out for us! Oh, we had national titles we should have won taken from us! Oh, everyone wants to get us! Oh, everyone hates us! Why? Why? WHY?”

    But take heart: Next year you get to play Texas A&M for the right to win the “Whiny Little Brother” trophy. I’m sure that and the lifetime supply of Prozac to the victor should make you feel much, much better.

  29. tradeassociation says: Oct 12, 2011 9:29 PM

    dcroz:

    Auburn, 2010 national champs. Your team: whoever it was, finished somewhere below Auburn. Deal with it. You can’t, and that’s why you’re so bitter. How does it feel? Obviously not very good. Well, maybe your team will win a title this year, and that will make you happy. For your sake, I certainly hope they do!

  30. autigresspen says: Oct 12, 2011 9:49 PM

    I just don’t understand it either. We have always been just Auburn. No on that I know of, other than Bammers, ever talked about hating us.

    I have no idea where all this hate came from. It’s just a mystery. We really ARE on the good guys side. I see it. I don’t understand why others can’t or don’t want to.

    Jealousy is a terrible thing. However, win, lose or draw, I have always said that I would rather be an Auburn gal than any other on the face of the earth.

    WDE!!

  31. dcroz says: Oct 12, 2011 10:01 PM

    trade:

    My team is Alabama; you know, the one that your team is always so bitterly jealous of, always wanting to be but never can quite seem to make it, forever in our deep shadow with no way out.

    Congrats; you won your first national title in 52 years. Nice to see you all know how to handle success over at the Cow College. Instead of being happy about your title, you Barners have actually become even more embittered and embattled than usual. Considering that you set the standard in both categories for the rest of the “little brothers” out there, I find that to be rather impressive. I guess you all thought that being national champion meant that the whole nation would now bend over and kiss your collective ass; instead, you found out (like we ‘Bama fans have known all along) that being at the top only makes you the prime target for all flavors of Haterade, including charges of cheating. But rather than take it as the badge of success that it is, you just cry even more about it. It’s a good thing that you’ve already lost a couple games this year; the toilet paper saved from rolling Toomer’s Corner those weekends will go a long way in drying all the tears you have been shedding the last several months despite being at the top.

    And as far as winning the national title this year: I certainly hope we do. You know, it does kinda chafe a little that we have to share the top spot with Notre Dame for the most national titles in the poll era at eight. Number nine would put us all alone at the top, and I’m sure that would really feel good.

    Meanwhile, enjoy your trip to Birmingham and the BBVA-Compass Bowl against a mid-level Big East team (or is that a redundancy?)…assuming you even make it to 6-6.

  32. patbocam says: Oct 12, 2011 10:07 PM

    Hell yeah baby!!!!!!! The truth shall set you free!!!!!!! War damn eagle!!!!!! All you haters can go suck on an egg!!!

  33. mansgottaeat says: Oct 12, 2011 10:13 PM

    War Eagle !

  34. cosanostra71 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:29 PM

    WOW. What a joke. Total joke. NCAA lost what little credibility it had left. SEC school pays a player? Nothing. USC player receives benefits from a non school affiliated source? Death penalty. Screw college football, seriously.

  35. cosanostra71 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:31 PM

    No wonder Southerners love college football so much, it’s the only sport they can win at and they only win it because the rules are skewed in their favor. Total joke.

  36. Deb says: Oct 12, 2011 10:33 PM

    @dcroz …

    To heck with the poll era. We have 13 national titles. It is what it is.

    And Notre Dame can go to … blue blazes.

    ROLL TIDE!!

  37. Deb says: Oct 12, 2011 10:42 PM

    cosanostra71 says:

    No wonder Southerners love college football so much, it’s the only sport they can win at and they only win it because the rules are skewed in their favor. Total joke.
    ————————————————
    Says the guy who names himself after organized crime. Maybe you dese, dem, dose types would do better at football if you weren’t so busy robbing and cheating your neighbors.

    See, anyone can play Stereotypes on the Football Blog :roll:

  38. Deb says: Oct 12, 2011 10:52 PM

    @1990tiger …

    You’ve handled all the drama pretty well. Congrats on being able to finally put the NCAA investigation behind you :) Cam has had a phenomenal NFL debut. I was excited to see what he could bring because he has the size of Roethlisberger and the athleticism of Tebow without Tim’s mechanics issues in his throwing motion. The big question mark for me was how he’d handle the transition to a pro offense. For that reason, I wasn’t sure he was a safe pick for number one, but he’s doing a remarkable job. He just needs a little more talent around him.

  39. burntorangehorn says: Oct 12, 2011 11:01 PM

    Deb says:
    Oct 12, 2011 6:06 PM
    Hey, blitzburghgator and the katman, would you feel better if the NCAA had sanctioned Auburn without any proof they paid the kid? Come on.
    =================================
    Sanctions against Auburn? All I’m asking is that they declare Newton ineligible, because that’s what should happen. There is no dispute of the fact that his father was shopping him around, which absolutely constitutes a violation, and should result in his being declared ineligible.

  40. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Oct 12, 2011 11:20 PM

    To quote Jim Bouton in Ball Four, “Yeah sure”

  41. cosanostra71 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:55 AM

    And the proof is in Deb’s response. You can’t even come up with a defense so you just have to deflect to my username.

  42. Spencer says: Oct 13, 2011 1:16 AM

    Poor, sad Updykes.

    Moving right along, I wonder when the NCAA will start looking into Trent Richardson’s financial situation.

  43. ihateannouncers says: Oct 13, 2011 2:40 AM

    At the end of the day, there is no evidence. Until there is some , let it go.

  44. denverdude7 says: Oct 13, 2011 5:46 AM

    The NCAA informed Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs in a letter dated Oct. 11 that, following The Association’s 13-month investigation into the allegations involving the 2010 Heisman winner, “the enforcement staff has not substantiated any… violations”
    ==================================

    TRANSLATION: The NCAA enforcement staff got paid.

    The NCAA is just as corrupt as our politicians and corporate leaders. Pay enough money to the right people and everything is just fine.

    Any major college football program competing for a Division 1 Championship is in one way or another paying for it. The idea that college football is about student-athlete competition is a complete falsehood.

    It is purely and totally about money. The more Bud Light and Tostitos chips sold the happier the NCAA is.

  45. 1990tiger says: Oct 13, 2011 7:57 AM

    dcroz says: Oct 12, 2011 10:01 PM

    My team is Alabama; you know, the one that your team is always so bitterly jealous of, always wanting to be but never can quite seem to make it, forever in our deep shadow with no way out.
    ============================
    @dcroz, are you referring to the same Alabama team that Auburn has owned for the last 10 years (7-3 in the past 10 Iron Bowls)?

  46. tide4life says: Oct 13, 2011 8:28 AM

    The NCAA knows all the details, and has all the proof. They decided not to act on it- “the money was just too much.” Their interest in interviewing that putz Dan Sheridan was purely to see if his alleged inside info was accurate and if it would force their hand.

    If you want to believe that the NCAA can ferret out all the dirty details on such ginormous infractions as jerseys for sale- and do it quickly and efficiently- but just can’t quite seem to put it all together on a $200k deal to purchase a once-in-a-generation QB, well, I got a bridge for sale. Cash only, in small bills.

    Now let’s play ball.

  47. Deb says: Oct 13, 2011 11:29 AM

    burntorangehorn says:
    Oct 12, 2011 11:01 PM
    Deb says:
    Oct 12, 2011 6:06 PM
    Hey, blitzburghgator and the katman, would you feel better if the NCAA had sanctioned Auburn without any proof they paid the kid? Come on.
    =================================
    Sanctions against Auburn? All I’m asking is that they declare Newton ineligible, because that’s what should happen. There is no dispute of the fact that his father was shopping him around, which absolutely constitutes a violation, and should result in his being declared ineligible.

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    I said in the next sentence that, according the the bylaws, the NCAA should have declared Cam ineligible based on the solicitation of MSU. But they ignored their own bylaws. They can’t declare him ineligible now–that ship has sailed. The investigation was solely to determine whether Auburn had engaged in pay for play, and they haven’t been able to find evidence to that effect. Even if they had, the worst thing that could have happened to Cam would have been a request to return the Heisman. And if I’m not mistaken, the Trust never requested Bush return his Heisman. He volunteered to relinquish it, then reneged.

  48. Deb says: Oct 13, 2011 11:31 AM

    Spencer says:
    Oct 13, 2011 1:16 AM
    Poor, sad Updykes.

    Moving right along, I wonder when the NCAA will start looking into Trent Richardson’s financial situation.

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    Updyke is an individual lunatic, and University of Alabama fans raised around $50,000 for the care of your trees.

    You’re welcome.

  49. Deb says: Oct 13, 2011 11:34 AM

    cosanostra71 says:
    Oct 13, 2011 12:55 AM
    And the proof is in Deb’s response. You can’t even come up with a defense so you just have to deflect to my username
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    I’m supposed to come up with a defense to an idiot screeching goofy insults in the schoolyard? Naanaanaa … you can only win at football because the NCAA cheats for you … so there!!!

    You make a bigger ass of yourself every time you post.

  50. Deb says: Oct 13, 2011 11:41 AM

    tide4life says:

    The NCAA knows all the details, and has all the proof. They decided not to act on it- “the money was just too much.”
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    I could buy that if the NCAA had been the only ones investigating. They weren’t. If the press or the feds had found that smoking gun, it would have come out. It’s there … they just didn’t find it :)

  51. savocabol1 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:55 PM

    mdnittlion says:
    Oct 12, 2011 7:12 PM

    ….Can’t people be happy that he’s the first Heisman QB in a while to go into the NFL and actually play well(I don’t give Bradford the credit cause he couldn’t make it to the playoffs when 7-9 wins the division)?
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    Cam Newton’s Panthers are 1-4. You literally brought some of the worst logic on comparing him to Bradford. After 5 games the Rams were 2-3.

    Typical SEC mentality. If it didn’t come out of the SEC, it ain’t worth a shit.

  52. Romulus says: Oct 13, 2011 1:58 PM

    About time. There was no proof anyway, just speculation. He has played well in the pros and has surprised all the people that stereotyped him. Good for him, Good for Auburn. Ignore the haters and keep winning championahips.

  53. Deb says: Oct 13, 2011 7:05 PM

    savocabol1 says:
    Oct 13, 2011 12:55 PM
    mdnittlion says:
    Oct 12, 2011 7:12 PM

    ….Can’t people be happy that he’s the first Heisman QB in a while to go into the NFL and actually play well(I don’t give Bradford the credit cause he couldn’t make it to the playoffs when 7-9 wins the division)?
    ________________________________

    Typical SEC mentality. If it didn’t come out of the SEC, it ain’t worth a shit.

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    You’re accusing mdnittlion of “typical SEC mentality”? Do you even know what state and schools are represented by the SEC? No, of course you don’t. You’re just another idiot spewing hate for the SEC in response to any comment–this time from a PITT fan.

    How stupid can you be?

  54. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 13, 2011 7:36 PM

    @Deb–very stupid. Just like paulsbrownrevenge on the Florida teams not being ranked topic implying the wins of AL and LSU are lessened. Some of these people here on CFT are either quite dumb or willingly ignorant, which of course is called stupid, as you said.

  55. tigersgeaux says: Oct 14, 2011 8:32 AM

    @cosanostra71 says:Oct 12, 2011 10:31 PM

    No wonder Southerners love college football so much, it’s the only sport they can win at and they only win it because the rules are skewed in their favor. Total joke.

    You are the joke. Mafia, your alias represents your IQ. You are ignorant or stupid, you choose but in all cases…wrong.

    The SEC is not only very successful in winning the BCS NC 7 times so far with: LSU; FL; AL; AU; & TN but…

    The SEC is very successful in winning the College World Series in baseball: 9 times since 1990 with LSU 6 times; SC 2 times; & GA

    The SEC is successful in winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament–5 times since 1994 with FL, KY, and AR.

    The SEC is very successful in winning the NCAA men’s track championship–14 times since 1989 with TN, LSU, & AR

    The SEC is very successful in winning the NCAA in women’s basketball– 7 times (TN)

    The SEC is successful in winning the NCAA National championships in many other Olympic sports, and with A & M joining that will increase the championships since they have, as southernpatriots has posted many times, the best college track coach in history–Pat Henry.

    So, Mafia, it bears repeating for all CFT bloggers to know, you are wrong, and should not post about things you are that ignorant or stupid about.

  56. Craig says: Oct 14, 2011 12:43 PM

    To all the people who are telling Cam to sue … bring it on baby. Please sue, please, please please.

    Then we’ll get this prick and all the other pricks into a real court of law that has actual subpoena power and the threat of people going to jail for not telling the truth.

    Behind every scandal and big punishment is a court case. Weather it’s the FBI, IRS, whoever … you want the truth, get the Feds involved.

    You could go all the way back to Chris Webber. Without the IRS breathing down Ed Martin’s neck for running an illegal gambling ring inside the Chrysler plant … none of that information would have come out about the big loan to Webber and his family.

    Look at U of Miami this year. How did all that info come out? Because that Shapiro dude is in jail for running a ponzi scheme.

    We all know Auburn is dirty but without the courts … we get a bunch of people keeping their mouths shut.

    Same reason Ohio State will get away with murder. There’s no court case and the NCAA can’t find anyone to corroborate Yahoo!, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, etc…..

    So Cam, please listen to everyone and SUE….

  57. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 14, 2011 6:16 PM

    ^ yea, Ohio State got away with murder. A few kids sell crap for tattoos, and that compares to Pay for play.

    Maybe the NCAA and BCS felt bad about screwing Auburn out of a title shot a few years back with Campbell, Brown, and Williams.

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