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. Aub4Ever

    Look bottom line is all colleges CHEAT - wether its passing a degenerate person who cant read a 4 grade book, pay for play or whatever else you think they do ... this is all about smearing a person through the MUD ... if the first place Oregon Running back was as far ahead as Newton was in the race they would be looking to smear his name ... EVERTHING that people are talking about was done 2 years ago..... and the NCAA has been investigating this topic in Auburn since June of this year.... and they have fouind NOTHING ... and they have already said they have found " NO information tying Cam Newton to taking money while at Auburn. so lets drop this media crap and let the kids play ball.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aub1

      I sure hope you're right, for Auburn's sake. Loss of scholarships are not fun.

      November 11, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ian Webster

    Let's remember something, Reggie Bush was paid by an external source. If it does turn out that Auburn itself directly paid Cam Newton, they are in for it, most likely a lot worse than USC...

    Given Cam's father's "I'm not confirming or denying anything" answer to the media, he's most likely guilty.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Absultely correct on the USC comparison, but the NCAA will not come down hard as this is the SEC not the West Coast and bias and politics prevail.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ha!

    Fess up Auburn or you may see the death penalty. Is one national championship worth that? It doesn't matter what other players have done, or how many schools cheat. that's irrelevant. What matters are the allegations against Newton. For his sake and yours, I hope the allegations are false. Time will tell.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    The kid has been caught cheating several times and caught with a stolen Laptop......now I am supposed to believe he is innocent just because he says he doesnt want to talk about it. He is guilty and is just stalling for as long as he can. Kick him out of school and let him get a real job.
    This isnt Joe Montana or Peyton Manning who have never been in trouble.....this kid has never NOT been in trouble.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kippy

    whats stupid is that people think Newton would be idiotic enough to accept 200k dollars, when he knows he can make 50 million instantly next year by going pro. people need to leave good enough alone. let the uys play football.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jakooop

    why are so many people getting upset at the college players, and even the coaches. even if the college players ask for money, the coaches do not have to agree to it. and even then its not that the coaches who are paying theses players out of their pocket. it all goes back to the administration of the campus. they are they ones with the the money that is given out. if a player is offered money, who wouldnt accept it? many of the players who have received money in the past came from low income families so why not accept that money and help out your family.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Karl Snaveley

    Interesting. Remarkalby, there is just as big a scandal at UNC-CH that I wish the media would investigate. The shenanigans that have taken place there are apparently larger in depth and scope than what alledgedly occured with the Newtons. Maybe someone will be brave enought to question Butch Davis about the academic, tutor and agent related scandals that have now apparently been buried by the UNC-CH athletic and educational administration. Just Win Butch!!

    November 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Learntoread

    The NCAA isn't investigating newton or Auburn and the cheating "report" already had holes shot through it and looks false. You people are gullible if you believe all this garbage. Read, everything Is not fact. John Bond and Kenny Rogers both deny the 200,000 allegations and he/they were the sources...

    However, we do know Cam has been volunteering to mentor elementary kids since July. What a terrible person huh. I swear Peope are literally just stupid.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jayman419

    Coach Tomlin said it best. We spend all this time and energy trying to find out which players may have taken money... These are kids fresh out of high school.

    It's time to start investigating and naming names when it comes to the adults in the situation, the agents and recruiters, and the promises they make.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • cj

      Coach Nick Sabin (AL) has also publicly stated the very same thing

      November 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. charlie

    "Even if the allegations are true,..." I guess if others before him did it, how bad is this, right? Onward, PC CNN!! If he was white you'd be all over this thing-guilty as charged!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michele

    Well I am proud that Auburn is having a good year but I believe that the Auburn Fans have drawn so much attention to Cam with the "War Cam Eagle" stuff and treated him like a one man football team no wonder he is being looked into. Whether he was paid or not it's not like other schools don't do the same thing. But when you put person on a pedestal then you have a problem. I wonder if the other members of the team feel they should even show up to play i mean from the way he is in the spotlight he could do it all by himself. I hope he is innocent and Auburn has not risked there season for one guy cause the other players seem to have been forgotten

    November 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gottabeme

    The NCAA is about as useless as our Federal Government...!! Enough said......

    November 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Panix

    WAR DAMN EAGLE

    November 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kyle

    He did nothing wrong and people should stop pointing fingers at the players and more at the agents

    November 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Farmer

    Learntoread: Your explanation is the best one I have read. Let them play and let the facts come out as they most undoubtedly will.

    Cam has turned his life around and has been an exemplary student athlete at Auburn. Play Ball!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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