NCAA clears Auburn star Cam Newton to play
December 1st, 2010
01:19 PM ET

NCAA clears Auburn star Cam Newton to play

The NCAA suspended Auburn University football star Cam Newton for one day during an investigation of recruiting violations, but the Heisman Trophy candidate's eligibility was reinstated Wednesday.

Newton's father, the Rev. Cecil Newton, and another person, who wasn't named, tried to market Newton "as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton's commitment to attend college and play football," the NCAA said.

Auburn has limited Newton's father's access to the athletic program and Mississippi State - which tried to recruit Newton - has cut off relations with the other person.

Auburn's football team is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the BCS poll, thanks largely to Newton's running and passing, but pay-to-play allegations have dogged the team all season.

The NCAA investigation concluded that although his father violated the rules, the player did nothing wrong and should be allowed to continue to play.

"The conduct of Cam Newton's father and the involved individual is unacceptable and has no place in the SEC or in intercollegiate athletics," said Mike Slive, Southeastern Conference commissioner. "The actions taken by Auburn University and Mississippi State University make it clear this behavior will not be tolerated in the SEC."

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  1. AU You Need Is Cash

    This is like waiting around for Christmas and that gift you know you're gonna get – but you just have to be patient. Gotta wait for the money trails to be completely ferreted out. And that's going to take quite a bit of time.

    What irks me is that I doubt the barn will get the death penalty, but will receive only sanctions that they'll simply consider the cost of doing business. Just collateral damage for them.

    And what will they do? Pick right up the next day and commence to doing what they've done for years and years – cheating...big time. They thought they were out from under the shadow of Bryant forever, then along comes Saban, and they really went into meltdown mode.

    It's wholly appropriate that this pathetic excuse for a football program is located just down the road from Phenix City – they're nothing but a sickening reminder of that era.

    Rivalry? WAY more than that. Bama fans have despised them for years, and now the hatred is just off the charts, REGARDLESS of what happens or has happened in the Iron Bowl. Maybe now the rest of the football world will really get a good look-see at what this bunch is all about, when the hammer comes down.

    They've been arrogant, defiant, delusional, and in massive denial, and will continue to be unless and until the PTB decide that you, me, and everyone else has had a gut full of 'em, and *really* lowers the boom.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. George

    Hmm i don't understand why people are raging on these comments. Does it rly matter if he took money or not? The fact is he won his games without cheating.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Abbey

    Well said John, I am from Alabama and I love college football. I have never dated any of my cousins and I am a college graduate, I also have all of my teeth!! What is so sad is that by the time the truth is uncovered Cam will be making millions in the PRO's, leaving Auburn and it's fans to suffer the consequences. BTW... I think Cecil Newton's alias is Sith Happens lol.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. CTexas

    Wham Cam thankyou mam.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. high on cam

    ingram went to a party and took some kind of payments or gifts. he was required to make receipts available but has failed to do so. This means the bama should give up ingrams heisman AND the 2009 championship. bama fans should concern themselves with THOSE facts.

    December 13, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. cam the man

    ingrams took payments and/or gifts from boosters at a party. this means ingram should lose his heisman and bama its championship. bama fans should concern themselves with those facts alone.

    December 13, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ron

    wow – you are seriously mentally challenged.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. George

    Lol quit trolling.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Ryan

    Cam didn't recieve a penny...And do you think Auburn (or any major college team for that matter) is actually scared of TCU. Come on, just like the OSU president said "They play the sisters of the poor" TCU has played one!!! team in the past 2 years and lost (Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl)

    December 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Barbara

    Blah, Blah, Blah. You might be taken seriously when you learn to spell.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Howard Cosell

    Money to the NCAA ..... TALKS!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. shura53

    you are so right. he did nothing wrong but his father did. HELLO.....REGGIE BUSH.....now this just opens up doors for parents to make deals...without the child's knowledge...ABSOLUTELY IDIOTIC...the ncaa is full of _______

    December 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sith Happens

    Dude, Auburn declared him ineligible, not the NCAA. And they did that because the had to according to NCAA procedure. The NCAA immediately reinstated him because they have no evidence of his wrongdoing. What's so tough to comprehend?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sith Happens

    BTW, the Reggie Bush comparisons are pointless. In Bush's case, benefits were actually exchanged. Not so in the Newton case.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. maggy

    I am not a rocket scientist, but don't any of you think that if the father gets any royalties, he is going to see that his son reaps the rewards as well. Come on!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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