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. Red Zone

    Why does everyone have to hate on Auburn all the time? People just cannot stand the fact that they have a good team this year and a real chance to go all the way. When the "big name teams" loose poeple have to go to taking shots at Auburn and their best player. If its not something about the money, its about how he chated over 2 years ago, and if its not that, its about a stolen laptop that he purchased over 2 years ago. He has come a long way since then. The pay for play allegations were investigated and he was ruled eligable. He is innocent; let it go and try to worry about something else. It is what it is.

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

      Corrupt is as corrupt does. It's all about the $ in the $EC. It is what it is.

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

      Why? Because Shug Jordon got our cowbells banned. That's why. 🙂 Look how long it took to get them back.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • PAD

      The pay for play allegations at MSU were investigated because they were reported to the NCAA. I wonder what has NOT been reported yet? So, we all think that Cam ended up going to the school that didn't pay? Really? Really?

      December 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Christopher

    Lets be honest here, NCAA football is one of the most corrupt organizations in the USA outside of Washington. There is a river of dirty money that floods though there, wouldn't be surprised if there is some mafia connections as well.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nikki4Au

    Warrrrrrrrrrr Eagle Hey!!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      WDE 😉

      December 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guester

    Too bad the SEC didn't authorize Miss.State to make the payment and follow the money. Then father and son could have matching orange coveralls.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ronald Parks

    This shows the NCAA has a sham organization. It has a VERY EXPLICIT rule, that states that violations of immediate family members will cause the student/athlete to be declared ineligible. NCAA is a JOKE

    December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic.

      You seem very passionate about this topic. What is your stake in it? I do, however, applaud your cynical, "guilty-until-proven-innocent-at-which-point-you're-still-guilty" mentality. Let's put that to work in the Justice Dept.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Auburnman

      Sadly, it is not explicit. I bet it will be going forward.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brisko

    Leave that boy alone, that stuff has been happening for years. If not in monetary compensation, relocation, or job placement. It happens as early as middle school or peewee ball

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

      Two wrongs do not make a right. This is blatant corruption due to the millions of dollars involved.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Disappointed

    Wow! Never heard so many "perfect" people passing so much judgment at once. Maybe each and every one of you should do a little soul searching before "casting the first stone." It's a shame that so many are focused on the negative and set on destroying others.

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

      Dude some kids never get to go to college period so Cam gets to go to school on a scholorship and play a game he should love. They are not professionals yet, therefor should not be paid as such

      December 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Susie

    The first sentence is inaccurate. Auburn declared him ineligible, not the NCAA. The NCAA reinstated him. I wish reporters were as concerned about the facts as they seem to be about "breaking" the next story.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AU Fan

    Whatever Haters, there are so many of these types of things that go on all the time. I mean you got some that have had to return their Hiesman and have their national championship taken from them that actually got money. Check AJ Green, selling his jersey, but he got the money, Cam didn't. Funny how when it came down to it the anonymous sources dried up about Cam's envolvement. So QQ more, we kicked everyones butt this season, and we earned it.

    Oh also I don't think a 50K scholarship could be considered compensation to the millions Universities make off these young players every year. They should give them something extra, at least something like 1500- 2k a month so they can begin if nothing else to learn how to handle that money, take a girl out, or buy a suit. Put them with an economics advisor to help them with it. Would be good for their future.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cam Newton

    Hey everyone,

    I'm the #1 Heisman candidate on an 12-0 team. I've also been cleared by the NCAA of any wrongdoing. Some of you have said some pretty nasty things about me. I'll make my rebuttal on Saturday at 4:00.



    December 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guester

      Give our regard to O.J. He's innocent too .

      December 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Good luck on the Bengals next year too!

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

      A new WINNER...comparing a family member trying to make money off of you to murder. Proud of yourself?

      December 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rav

    The NCAA is making "BIG MONEY" off of these players! Yes they are getting a free education, room and board but look at ALL the money which is spent for College Football. Large stadiums, gear, television rights are not cheap and yet look how it is all paid for! I say these players shoud be paid!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snuffy

      Agree!!!! These players have been taken advantage of for too long.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. patricia

    At least it isn't those cheaters ohio state!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Olivia

    they are really going to let him play?!?

    December 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve-O

    What?...his father's a Reverand?...and involved in illicit (illegal) activities?! I am aghast! (insert sarcasm wherever!)

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

      Not illegal. Just frowned upon from those that make rules so that they can line their own pockets.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JEK

    Not only is Cam Newton the best athlete in college football, he has managed to play the game like no other while enduring all of this criticism and negative press. Talk about being tough under pressure. He's a classy guy and has conducted himself like a gentleman all year. He's earned the Heisman!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
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