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. kappadon

    NCAA NAACP, Sage aren't you missing the TEA Party gathering in your Area and Shouldn't you be in line for the Palin book signing, the Koch Brothers want to see results from all the money they are spending on the Goofy Racist Right.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GetReal

    Cam: Hey dad, I want you to make the decision of where I will play college football. I just don't want to make that decision.
    Dad: Alright son, I've made the decision. You will go to Auburn.
    Cam: Sounds good dad. How did you make the decision dad?
    Dad: I just researched it.
    Cam: Good thinking dad. Where'd you get all that money to fix up your church?
    Dad: A person at the church suddenly came into some money.

    Cam Newton is the most niave person in the world if you believe that. He can't be that niave if he knew how to steal laptops.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sith Happens

      Naive. 😉

      December 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      what money to fix up the church? from the facts i've seen the church is about to be condemmed and torn down.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark G.

    By not declaring him ineligible by the NCAA's own rule does nothing but open up the opportunity for any relative or friend to negotiate s deal for a player. There will be no repercussion. Very stupid! This will create much more trouble and the NCAA will have no one to blame but themselves.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Price

      I can't believe they said it happened then did nothing about it. They would have been better off saying nothing happened. How about kids who sit out for 3 and 4 games that are cleared to play when it turns out to be a non issue? This took less than 24 hours. WOW I have never seen this in any case.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sith Happens

      If any benefits are ever given to an athlete's family or friends, even without the athlete's knowledge, the athlete is ineligible. Declaring a player ineligible simply because a family member at some time discussed the possibility of extra benefits without the athlete's knowledge sets an even more troubling precedent.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sith Happens

      Price, this did not take 24 hours. It was investigated for MONTHS before the findings were released. Auburn immediately declared Cam ineligible per NCAA procedure, and asked to have him reinstated. The NCAA had every opportunity to tell Auburn "no."

      December 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Price

      Sith, the NCAA was investigateing Bond and the Bell guy 2 weeks ago. Why did they not sit him down like most teams? Did AU have some inside info on how this would go down?

      December 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      The investigation is far from over.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sith Happens

      Price, the NCAA does not suspend players while they are being investigated. Auburn COULD have, but what would have been the point other than to imply potential wrongdoing? As Auburn maintains, the school did nothing wrong and the player had no knowledge of any wrongdoing, and benching Cam would have undermined that stance. As soon as the NCAA said, "Yes, a rule was broken," Auburn suspended from him playing as required. As soon as Auburn asked the NCAA to reinstate him, the NCAA said, "Okay, he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing and neither he nor his family/friends received anything, as far as we can tell at this point." They could have denied the request, but they did not because there is no evidence that Cam Newton did anything wrong.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. driving

    could he Cam ' be given a lie detector test"' this is really bad' and the timeing about it all "' just has a ell of a lot of Smoke" why has he not came out and talked to the people that pay" to see him play"' i would have came out like a man and said i did not know any thing about this'???? i really think he knew all of it all and it's going to bite auburn in the as""

    December 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yes I. Would

    If it looks like sh!t and it smells like sh!t.....guess what? IT'S SH!T!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ian

    Sweet, maybe they will win the NC and he'll win the Heisman so the NCAA can vacate both in a few years. He is guilty, I guarentee it and it's alot bigger then just getting paid. There was Casino corruption and money laundering. This is a big deal. The FBI doesn't get involved unless the stuff going on is really bad. He's a little crook.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaidan

      Exactly. The NCAA is clearly doing this to try and make the SEC and BCS championship games less controversial. The wins will get vacated in a couple a years.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      you guys are funny. i heard all of this stuff a month ago. "soon the NCAA will make Cam ineligible and Auburn will have to vacate the wins and heisman, etc." now the NCAA has ruled and you're still saying the same thing. so, when the investigation is finally complete and the NCAA rules in Cam's favor once again, you will still be at it. i can hear it already – "someone paid off the NCAA. it was probably Auburn. cam was obviously guilty. etc. etc." seriously, when will you believe what the NCAA and FBI says? please tell me.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. david schooley

    Haters! HA!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kaidan

    Also the comment from Mike Slive about what Auburn has done is crap. The only message Auburn has sent is to Miss State. It says that cheating is the way to win. Don't tell me that Cam didn't know about this either. He wanted to go to Miss State. You think he didn't have any qualms or questions when his dad said, "Alright, you're going to Auburn."

    December 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dj

    FBI and NCAA have known about this for months. END OF THE INVESTIGATION. They found NOTHING.
    You haters need to reign it in.

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

    I agree. I hope Auburn goes all the way.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. finnegan

    It is interesting that so much smoke can be produced with so little (or no) fire. I proves that human beings don't really care about justice. Thank GOD these losers didn't have this kid's life in their hands!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sith Happens

      That's the nature of information these days. Once something goes viral, there's no stopping it.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. l

    Now everyone that wished he was suspended will say he knew and the ncaa was wrong. I dont know what world yall live in but there are plenty of parents that take advantage of there kids without the childs knowledge. You dont know how many kids have credits cards or phone bills or what not that a parent got in there name. His Dad just had a better chance to reap the benefits of his child. When I choosing a college my Dad asked a coach how much money could "we" get. And this only came to my attention because I asked them why they stopped recruiting me.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. corporate grind

    Cam was smeared. Will the media own up to their part in this travesty?

    December 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sarah

    Come on, he knew about the money and everything else. You are a fool if you think otherwise. You gonna go to play football where your daddy tells you to go to college after getting kicked out of Florida for cheating? He heads off to a small unknown jr. college in Texas, and then big SEC colleges want you and out of all the schools trying to get you your dad tells you to go to Auburn..your gonna ask why there. The guy is a show boat and no conference wants the negative attention that come from finding out schools pay for players. NCAA wants this all to go away. Newton is the reason that honestly and integrity of top football programs are going to the gutter. I hope that someone's conscious stays heavy and begins to eat away at them . Whomever knows the truth decides to spill their guts and then the NCAA, SEC, and Auburn all get shame of a lifetime for sweeping it all under the rug.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sith Happens

      Sarah once killed a man. And she can't prove she didn't.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. corporate grind

    I say certain media types be sued for slander.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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