November 11th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Final word in Cam Newton case seems as elusive as he is

None of the allegations against Auburn star quarterback Cam Newton have been proved, and he continues to play.

Cam Newton is the biggest deal in college football right now for both good reasons and bad.

The good is that he's the star quarterback of the undefeated, No. 2-ranked Auburn Tigers. If they win the rest of their games, they'll likely play for the national championship.

He's the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to college football's best player.

And he's expected to be a top NFL draft pick and make millions when he leaves college after either this season or next.

The bad comes not from the millions he might make but from the thousands he might have been paid already.

Allegations are flying that when he was being recruited it was made clear that whichever school got him would have to pay him. The latest accusation, from an ESPN report, says Newton and his father each talked money with Mississippi State. The Newtons allegedly asked for around $200,000, according to some reports.

NCAA rules prohibit schools from paying players. The NCAA considers the full scholarship Newton and most other players on the big-time college teams get, fair compensation for the millions the players help generate for their universities.

Auburn, which beat out Mississippi State to recruit Newton after he left a junior college last year, is passionately defending him. Coach Gene Chizik calls the allegations "garbage" and said Newton is a "great football player, great human being, and comes from a great family."

And he'll be on the field Saturday for Auburn's big game against Georgia while the allegations are investigated.

Even if the allegations prove true, Newton would be far from the first college player to be paid in violation of the rules. In September, Reggie Bush, who now stars for the NFL New Orleans Saints, returned his 2005 Heisman Trophy when it was revealed he received improper payments while at the University of Southern California.

And ESPN's 30-for-30 film this week, "The Best that Never Was," detailed illegal offers made to top recruit Marcus Dupree in the early 1980s.

Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg said the accusations about money bother him less than some of the academic allegations that have surfaced.

And Yahoo's Dan Wetzel said even if Auburn did pay Newton to come play for them, they're getting a great deal.

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  1. Fred Pittenger

    And Yahoo's Dan Wetzel said even if Auburn did pay Newton to come play for them, they're getting a great deal.

    So how is this a great deal if Auburn is forced to forfeit games or is banned from NCAA Bowls as result?

    November 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cj

    Mmmm, interesting theory here, he is worth it so that makes it okay ??? Then why did Reggie Bush give back his Heisman for doing the same thing? Just saying this sounds a bit off to me , it is never okay to break the rules that others have to follow and then be rewarded because he is worth it! But the verdict is still out so we should wait and see and of course keep letting him play to tie up the season all nice and neat, Then after the Ironbowl , the verdict will be given! Roll Tide Roll and go Ingram!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda in Bama

      Roll Tide!!!

      November 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amanda in Bama

    Newton is in trouble, and it ain't going away, question is where will it stop? If you disagree with me, I'd prefer an intelligent response or disagreement, that I welcome, but when you bring Bama and Auburn football in a discussion together, it's never pretty.You could call me names, trash talk my team, throw juvenile posts at me, says all this is a lie, post whatever, stupid people can't argue so they attempt to insult. THESE THINGS GO ON, pure and simple. The NCAA just doesn't catch all of them, just the ones we hear about. The word around Alabama, the source of this whole thing, or Miss St, if you want to get technical, is the evidence is mounting and Newton may well be suspended before they play us (Alabama). Strange thing that makes you wonder, why is Vegas is NOT accepting bets on Auburn games? That could be a clue. The BCS is notoriously harsh on SEC, except Florida, and when they get their case together, Auburn is going to be under some SERIOUS sanctions, something Bama fans know about when it comes to dealing with the BCS handing out their rulings. This case isn't going to blow over, the BCS has Auburn in their sights, and the players and coaches have a problem if they lose Newton, they have no team, because it is built around him. Would suck to be and Auburn fan right now. ROLL TIDE!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CaptainObvious

    A scholarship, housing, food, tutors, trainers, and other expenses comes out to an average of $200,000.00 a year for each athlete at a good school. Many of these athletes are not allowed to get jobs because of their commitments to the school. Most students would love the free ride these kids get, but most students are able to have jobs and take their gf out on a date etc.. I would suggest paying student athletes minimum wage like any other student job. If a student athlete accepts any extra money then they should be kicked out and forced to reimburse the school for the cost of the scholarship. I still don't know if this story is true. $200,000.00 seems like an awful lot to hide from the IRS. I'm curious to know the source of the rumor.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. j rob

    Not roll tide, its tide got rolled over, twice! I'm just talkin smack.. I refuse to reveal who my team is because they haven't beaten an SECOND team in a LONG LONG time. As for Newton, auborn will pay dearly if they let him finish the season and its later learned he was ineligable

    November 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. slavedriver

    Is Newtons dad a televangelist? That would explain a lot. Or is it I didnt do it until I get to the NFL? Am!teur sports...what a joke.

    November 12, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. kyle

    dont even get me started on the tide ahaha its all about them spartansssss....

    November 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BigGameJames

    Until the rich old white guys start going to jail for it, it's not going to change!! Tell your kids to work hard and do things the right way so THEY know in their hearts they got there on talent and determination!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
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