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. pot calling kettles

    the only reason why he got away with it is because he is black, if it were a white player it would be a totally different story

    December 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. givemeabreak

    Actual payment is irrelevant. Knowledge of the student-athlete is irrelevant.

    The rule states: " if a parent solicits money from a school for a child's commitment, that athlete is ineligible wherever he attends." And the NCAA has concluded that "Cecil Newton and a person believed to be former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers did "actively market" Newton in a pay-for-play scenario" leading Auburn to rule Cam "ineligible for a violation of NCAA amateurism rules."

    Meaning Cam was ineligible to play in the NCAA during the 2010 season. The NCAA doesn't want to rush & still has some loose ends to tie up before they make this ruling: Auburn will have to forfeit the 12 wins prior to Cam's reinstatement.

    They reinstated him for the time being, but the investigation is far from over: "The reinstatement process is likely to conclude prior to the close of an investigation."

    This is not the end.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sith Happens

      Oh really? I suggest you read this:

      December 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      obviously you are incorrect. if the rule is as you state then the NCAA would simply have ruled cam ineligible. that's what they want to do. they would like nothing more than to make an example of a heisman front-runner. it would be a very simple decision. and everyone would support it...including me, an Auburn graduate.

      December 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. riddler

    Cam already said he was not the suing type. But i agree.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. riddler

    Actually, even if rules were broken, they are minor rules and would not have resulted in vacated victories.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. givemeabreak

    playing an ineligible player leads to vacated wins. this is an NCAA rule.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sith Happens

      He never played while ineligible.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pile on

    What a bunch of dogpile. The investigation is over.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SuperDaddio @LSU

    Ha! If I had to choose between Auburn and Miss. St., it would take about $180,000 for me to go to Mississippi....and I'm an engineer...

    December 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Banker Joe

    Sweetiepie, how many of the supposed 13 championships at UA were claimed but not won and how many were claimed while the NCAA was sniffing around. Don't act like Bama is clean as a whistle. Since we all enjoy theories let's look at this Cam Newton story breaking. The week it came out Auburn had beaten LSU and Ole Miss and Bama had lost its game to South Carolina. At that point in time it looked like the Iron Bowl would decide the SEC championship and National championship games. Then the story breaks and by all accounts the debate was whether Cam should play or not. BAMA broke the story to ESPN.

    Proof – when the FBI brought people in to discuss the pulled the two Miss State guys and one Asst. Coach at the University of Alabama who was previously at Miss State. Why would they pull him in unless they thought he knew about it? Who would benefit most by Cam sitting out? Would not have been Miss State, they could be in trouble for all of this, would not have been Florida, Cam was gone anyway and chances were they would not make it to the SEC championship anyway, was not LSU because Auburn would have to lose 2 times for them to go to the championship. How about that for a theory.

    Bama sucks.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. moloa

    Dad, I want to go to another school. Oh my son, of course, I'll set it up for you, but remember, when the investigation starts, you pretend you know nothing about this. I'll take the blame ok? Of course dad, oh, I love you so much...

    December 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. richter scale

    alabama vacated wins because they were already on probation. USC vacated wins because the evidence went to the moon. FSU vacated wins because they admitted wrongdoing. NONE of this applies to Auburn.. Now who has his head in the sand?

    December 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. givemeabreak

    nice retort, pile on. find holes in my, I mean the NCAA's, logic?

    December 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dj

    HATERS! HA !!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. givemeabreak

    really simple – follow me here... A game played with a player that is later determined to be ineligible is forfeited, per NCAA rules. Like I said, really simple.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      exactly, which is why auburn will never have to vacate these wins. very simple indeed.

      December 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GD

    Well, it is the NC$$ !!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RJ

    Yeah, yeah I feel your pain. sucks to be you, looks like one more for the SEC. sorry little 10 and little 12 maybe next year. yeah right!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Sagarin Preditor has Oregon 11 pts over Auburn.

      Auburn could still win, but it's no gimme game.

      December 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
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