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. Gary

    So as long as I get a family member to shop me around, all is forgiven. It's the Sergeant Schutlz defense "I know nothing."

    December 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guester

      They prove that his father who was acting as his "agent" asked for money and yet conclude that Cam did nothing wrong. Amazing, just amazing.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonnyFaz

      Whatever d@uche. These kids are supposed to be marquee players for these schools that make millions off them in advertising and marketing and they're supposed to play for four years free of charge all for the altruistic purpose of an "education" they get. The NCAA system is a hypocritical joke and every cent these schools make from being a part of it should be donated to scholarships.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Cam should play but how is his situation different from Reggie Bush? Busy and USC got murdered by the NCAA and Auburn gets nothing. How does that work?

      December 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Cam newton is the creepiest football player i have ever seen

      December 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      It's called Lawyered up

      December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fix Is In

    What a remarkable snow job. This proves NCAA enforcement to be a complete joke.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • SEC Fan

      The FBI was also involved in this investigation. You two are just jealous and bitter because your teams aren't doing well. Did you investigate this yourself? No, so let's leave the decisions to those that are not bias.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • beachblnd

      Wrong SEC FAN. The FBI and NCAA are still investigating. This is completely a different matter. It is a ruling from the enforcement committee on his eligbility (for the moment).

      December 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    Absolutely right Gary. Obviously the NCAA doesn't want to hurt the marketability of post season play. How exciting is Auburn without Newton. What a load!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • R Shack

      Guy's you know all colleges are doing this. When I was in junior college they were giving players gifts to play 20 yrs ago. They need to look into Kenny Rogers bank account and see why he spilled the beans.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hjs3


    That's pretty lame....

    December 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DAVE


    December 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave be raging

      Dave, why are you so mad, son?

      Way to stereotype an entire state, in all caps no less. talk about ignorance..

      WAR EAGLE!

      December 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Why does everyone think that ALL CAPS means anger. Can it not be just for emphasis, because someone is passionate about a topic.

      Man, we all need to chill.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Zone

      You sir need to get a life and worry about your "REAL COLLEGE"
      ps- the scam newton and your all caps writing is cute

      December 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Now hold on just a minute DAVE. Your poor tact is not getting your point across very well at all. In fact, it makes you sound moronic. I'm an ALABAMA graduate and am just as livid as you about the $cam Newton ordeal. HOWEVER, mind you that Cecil and Cam Newton are NOT from Alabama, and we Alabama fans don't appreciate your associating Auburn with the entire state of Alabama. Trust me, we all have the same mindset you do about knowing Auburn is BAMA's poor step-sister. With that said, this is OBVIOUSLY about money and the SEC's potentially getting $20 million should AU go to the NC. Take the eligibility away from the felon, and revoke the Reverend's license to preach. This ruling does nothing to show this nonsense won't be tolerated in the NCAA. Lesson learned: Players, get your daddies to handle your "pay-for-play" affairs and lie, lie, lie. And give Reggie Bush back his Heisman ASAP.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Zone

      Mandy, if I do recall, Alabama's "poor step-sister" came back from a 24 point deficit and won 28-27 in Tuscaloosa last Saturday.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • $aban

      Hey Mandy. 28-27.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      LOL how many championships does the Barn have again?? oh right. none. Way to go on the season though! your growing up so fast!

      December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      I do love how you're bringing up the score of this year's Iron Bowl while knowing that win and the rest of your season will be vacated at the end of this year. And sure, you can say things like "We still have the youtube video to prove we won," but cheating your way to a victory is ruled as an automatic loss. It's OK though, there are worse things in life than having an 0-14 season. That, my friend, would be spending the next 5 years bowl and scholarship ineligible.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tai

      All of you who are ranting about why Reggie Bush had to give up his heismen, the NCAA found him guilty of committing violations, Cam was not. Nit pick all you want, but that is the bottom line. Get over it and all you Auburn hatas....get over it!

      December 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • $aban

      Mike – how many years did it take Saban to go undefeated, win SEC, heisman, etc.. If AU wins the next two, Chizik did it in two years. The "Barn" thing is clever, though. Did you come up with that one yourself?

      Mandy – I know you didn't just throw out "your season will be vacated". Did you read the article?

      December 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay


      I am an Alabama fan so if you know anything about the rivalry you will take my analysis using that information.

      First off we do not know all of the details. We only know what we have been told through media sources. Probably 1% of the whole story. So while the NCAA should investigate Cam and his dad, but in the mean time why would you prevent Cam from playing based on allegations. What happened to Innocent till Proven Guilty? So Based on that, Cam should be allowed to play every game. He should be allowed to be considered for the Heisman Trophy. If it does come out later that Cam Newton violated NCAA rules, then it will be taken out against him and the Auburn Organization. So lets stop arguing about it, watch some good football and then see weather or not there will be fallout from Cam's actions.

      Enjoy. 🙂

      December 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Yes $aban, I did. Do you remember the textbook incident at UA 5 years ago? I'll refresh your memory. Players were caught getting their friends free textbooks. The NCAA ruled them eligible to play. Alabama finished the season 10-2. Later, the NCAA ruled those players weren't eligible. UA vacated those wins played in by the textbook violators. This investigation isn't over, especially with the hype this has created. The only people who are siding with Cam at this point are AU fans and AU fans posing as other school's fans. Typical.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • twirtzy

      Whoa Dave, quit yelling.LOL

      The NCAA rips off student-athletes on regular basis. This whole thing could be avoided by revamping the NCAA in an effort to prevent them from taking advantage of student-athletes. Currently, the NCAA is allowed to make millions of the names and likenesses of college athletes, but those athletes get none of that money.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marks

    Realize the money the NCAA would be out if Newton is not on the field. This is not to mention all the television, and commercial sponsors of the BCS.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John in NY

    At least now we know the NCAA's priorities, if there was ever any question.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    This is absolute B.S. !!! Another reason that the NCAA is nothing but about making money

    December 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marc

    So, guys! One of the premises of this country is that I can not be held accountable because of my father's sins. But, since you do believe in that premise, you can go to jail for your bother stealing from another person. Is that what you are saying?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs Smith


      December 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kw

      Are you really that dumb to think Cam did not know. He knew and Auburn Boosters paid. It will take some time but it will come out.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Amen. Haters gon' hate. War eagle anyways.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      KW, are you sitting on evidence. I hope not! But, if you have no evidence then you are no better educated than the ones that have already decided he is guilty. Again, this is America, you are innocent until proven guilty. While everyone else is bringing up Mike Slive. If he was FOR Auburn, then why has AU not been given the '84 National Championship when it was taken away from the University of Spoiled Children (USC)!

      December 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • northtexas

      uh, you can if you are complicit – Cam knew nothing, yeah right – sure he was just waiting for dad to decide if he liked the climate better in Starkville or Auburn. Money, what money? gimme a break

      December 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweetiepie

      If it's on your behalf...the NCAA rules are clear for everyone except cam and AU in this case.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • beachblnd

      Why does everyone think that NCAA plays by the same "rules" as a court of law. Any schmo on the street could have asked for money to get Cam to play and the NCAA considers that a violation. Google Albert Means – the reason Bama was hit so hard the last time. The kid had no idea any money had been exchanged to influence him to go to Bama AND the money was paid from a booster to the kids' high school coach! No family members involved!!!

      December 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kw

    Mike Slive has been in bed with Auburn for years. I put no faith in anything he does or says. The NCAA as a whole is corrupt. They pick and choose their target investigations. It is time to clean house in College football. Especially at Auburn.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Sounds like you are a little bit testy. Guess if the shoe had been on the other foot, you would have been okay with the decision. Get over it...your just jealous

      December 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zach

      Really? So why were we on probation in 1993 if the NCAA loves us so much. Yeah, I think everyone is trying to drag Auburn through the mud, when every school is doing what Auburn is accused of.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      I find it hard to address such such simple minds.. but let me try. Lets start with this.. and maybe this is all you can comprehend at once. YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. I know this is a shock to many of you know-it-all graduates of public schools. I study Law with a minor in Anthropology here at Cornell University, and if there is one thing I have learned, it is that media has a strong influence on how a society judges it's various conflicts. I am currently doing a very detailed analysis of how our pitiful sports media... ESPN.. has sacrificed journalistic integrity in its search to bring down the BCS system, which i admit is flawed. However, the Cameron Newton situation has given me the perfect example to bring my main points across. You all think that you have all the answers based on nothing more than what the media thinks it knows. No confirmed facts.. no evidence.. no paper trail... and to boot none of the allegations pertain to Auburn University at all. Yet... you all want that school to be punished. I can't wait to publish this in the next few weeks. Stop being fooled everyone. You are pawns for ESPN's bid to own the rights to a college football playoff. Are you too blind to see this?

      December 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Terry S

    Just goes to show you that the NCAA is as corrupt as our govornment. It's all about how much money can we make before someone finds out we cheated..

    December 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      And your consumerism/capitalism based points of view simply contribute, you ignorant simpleton. At least our courts understand that convicting someone without evidence is an injustice to all of our ancestors who fought for equality and fair trial. You're pathetic

      December 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. artboy

    Not to worry! The wet noodle enforcement of the NCAA won't matter when Oregon launches an all out assault on Auburn In the NCG.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      LOLCOPTER. We'll see 😉

      December 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2x4

      The war eagle will be CRUSHED under our webbed feet

      December 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mrs Smith

    And obviously sitting out one game is punishment enough for Oregons lamichael James assaulting his girlfriend.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Try reading the court report. LaMichael James was charged with abuse but it was seriously reduced, as it should have been. His girlfriend stole his keys (she was never charged with anything) and when he chased her and grabbed them back he is accused of abuse.

      As a side note, I find the actions of Newton's father far worse than those of Reggie Bush's stepfather. Newton's case is about being paid to play in the NCAA (which should be allowed) rather than for signing with an agent for play in the NFL. Ironically both only came to light because the parties backed out of the agreements.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Smith

      Charges were reduced when he pled guilty to some. He still attacked his girlfriend. So I took someone's keys and they chase me, so it makes it okay to assault someone.

      December 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chuck

    I am still not sure this if over. He may be given the opportunity to play, which I think is a CROCK, but there is still the investigation of McMillan, Louder, et, al., by the FBI. When all of that hits the fan and it may take a couple years, I still believe very bad things will happen to Auburn.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • yo daddy

      he is still just a young enhancement of physical ability.....he just beats the #$@% out of everyone he plays.....quit crying just because he doesn't play for your team!!!!

      December 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • beachblnd

      Chuck, I believe you're right. Looks like Barners are celebrating because they erroneously believe this is the end of the NCAA investigation. It is still ongoing along with the FBI investigation.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. allen

    hehe, WOOHOO!!!!!!!
    oh and WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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