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. pile on

    I think these haters need to accept the fact that the Tigers are thru the woods now and have the shining city of championships beconing in distance.

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


      December 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pile on

    i follow...he is eligbile therefor no games vacated. by the way givemeabreak, the NCAA no longer forfeits games. They are now vacated. If you dont know the difference then ask your nearest football knowledgable person.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dj

    I know. vacated means the win alone is taken but the loser of the game retains the loss.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pile on

    Score !

    December 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RJ

    They are haters and TCU wouldn't be Undefeated if they had a schedule. They said the same thing about Boise and look what happened to them. Feel the pain.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh N

    Money well spent. Auburn is 12-0... Suck it cry babies

    December 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MYKLVI

      Best Semi-pro team in the country... To bad it couldn't be done without cheating. When the FBI is done, the SMU sentence will be appropriate. Send the proper message to others considering similar schemes...

      December 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lscott

    A USC player gets a one game suspension for riding in a golf cart and this gets to skate?Good Lord!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RJ

    SEC Baby!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James

    It is alright. I am waiting for the FBI to complete their investigation. That is who we really want to hear from. They don't play by the same rules as the NCAA and they will get to the bottom of this.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tommy

    This story basically says... parents of any athlete can break EVERY rule in the book on behalf of their child... and NOTHING will happen.

    I've got to get to work selling my kids to colleges.


    December 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      are you really so ignorant?

      December 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MYKLVI


    If the NCAA would disqualify the athlete from all collegiate sports when the parents become involved in financial recruiting, it may keep the parent from engaging in such activities. The parents need to be responsible for their actions in willfully degrading the integrity of the amateur game. Maybe by preventing their future meal ticket access to the environment to develop the necessary skills to move to the land of contracts, endorsements and financial security, they will consider something unique like the education that the selected school would offer their child. NAW... Too idealistic...

    December 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. givemeabreak

    I hope your delusions are correct, but this is not over. No one has made any indication that it is.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mono

    Cam didn't know about his Dad's dealings, he didn't know the laptop was stolen, he didn't know he was cheating in his courses at Florida. I wonder if he knows that Oregon uses a no huddle offense.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BigGameJames

    So many psychics and CSI experts posting. NCAA should be investigating some of the posters on here because they seem to know more than what has actually been reported. GET OVER IT!! Yes it is another black athlete that is in the limelight!! No you can't stand it!! Heisman goes to the best player on the field!! No proof!! No sittin' him down!! Just let it go!! Tell your son to practice harder and work harder!! Maybe he'll have some low life agent or sneaker rep knocking at your door!! And we all know this only happens to the black athletes. Right!? Stop praying for the next great white hope. Let it happen naturally, like Tebow. Oooops! Oh yeah. He's gotta get off the bench first!! Vick for MVP!! Cam enjoy the trip to NY! Stay away from the white girls!! They'll dig up your Great Great Grandaddy and put a wire tap in his coffin for that $#it!!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BigGameJames

    Big money runs college football. Big money runs pro football. Get in, get what you can and get out!! Coach gets a fat contract. School gets a huge shoe contract, ticket sales, jersey sales (with your name on 'em), kids coming to their school because of the football team (regular students, not players) and if a player takes a happy meal from alumni or anybody else you call him a cheater!! If I was Reggie Bush they would have to had called in the national guard to that trophy back. Cam leaves it on the field!! As for the laptop, he bought a stolen item. which is a crime. He was punished for that. Football players not meeting academic standards? Oh' that's never happened before!! Keep slingin' it Cam!! We see you winning!! Let 'em hate!! Feed off the hate!!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
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