TheÂ most talked-about college football scandal in yearsÂ appears to have been resolved â€” at least for now.
When Auburn UniversityÂ quarterback Cam Newton takes the field for the SEC title game against South Carolina Saturday, he will have been absolved of any wrongdoing by the NCAA in spite of an investigation concluding his father shopped him around to programs asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars for his sonâ€™s signature.
And even though the Heisman hopeful has been cleared to play that game and the BCS National Championship should they winâ€”the Tigerâ€™s success wonâ€™t tame the talk. Newtonâ€™s story has been a hot topic because it speaks to the heart of many who suspect college athletics are corrupt.
For those who donâ€™t know the Newton story, it all started a month ago when stories about a pay-for-play scandal started surfacing involving Newton and his father, the Rev. Cecil Newton. Hereâ€™s a recap of how we got here: