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. keith

    in other words they looked the other way and let this kid 'buy' his way into the position.....this is a perfect example of what is wrong with kids to. It's all about the money.....this is what happens when you have guy's like T.O. and Deion Sanders and the rest of those players who flash the bling around, giving kids growing up the impression that to get anywhere you need money....not to mention this kid is black and giving the impression that if you are a minority, if you want money to play somewhere, you'll get are just not taught true values anymore. They just get raised up by their parents to think they are better than everyone else....yeah you should positively reinforce kids and so on, but putting them through beauty pagents when they are 2 yrs old and forcing them to play pee wee football, cause YOU as the parent want to relive past glory days....what a shame that this is what this world is coming to. Just give it time, this kid will end up in some type of trouble that will truly wreck his career or kill him

    December 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. No. 1

    War Eagle! Quit bein haters and just watch the game. It's done and over and yes we CAM!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      This shows how little pride Auburn people have in their school

      December 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. L

    Why does this really matter...let the creep get his 200 grand for this year...he will not amount to anything in the NFL.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • haters gunna hate

      Yea you've said that, and proven twice that you're an idiot.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      How? He wont amount to anything

      December 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Neal

    This entire situation is a reflection of our society today. How can anyone expect this situation to be different. When there is money involved, there isn't going to be agreement on any decision. Like it or not, we are all part of the process in one form or another.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bammers Suck

    So a Miss St conman tries to pull a con on Cecil Newton and you losers blame Cam? You don't even blame the conman? You losers are pathetic.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweetiepie

      Maybe if you hadn't had to deal with the jealousy of being a nobody and watching others win it all more times than you could ever wouldn't be so bitter.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. yoyo

    Calm down everyone. This is far from over. The investigation on all this is far from over. Cam wanted to go to MSU where he would play for a proven coach, in a proven system, which is perfect for him. Yet he goes to Auburn to play for an unproven coach, in an unproven system. We know that he was shopped by his father. We know that MSU didn't pay, and that Cam didn't go there. There's alot more to unfold. The Bush saga took years to unfold, in time this will all unfold.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • haters gunna hate

      What proven system? This is the best season MSU has had since 1998.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    What are the odds that it comes out in two years that Cam Newton knew about it and received money from Auburn & is stripped of his Heisman. Auburn is then put on probation for two years including lost of scholarships. Does this scenerio sound familiar to anyone?

    December 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AUfanWDE

    While Cam is eligible, Auburn may still be in trouble. Just heard the Feds are investigating the university for tax evasion. Turns out, Auburn has owned Bryant-Denney for 10 years and hasn't been paying taxes...

    December 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic.

      I chuckled.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jimmyjam

    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

    "Touche' "!!!! But I'll stay silent about Rivalries this year, especially since my Tarheels will probably get Pasted by the Blue devils

    December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MIKE


    December 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lloyd

    Keith, in today's world of amatuer sports, kids are soght after the moment they reflect any talent at any age. There are now off-season programs where skills are developed but it is expensive. As a result, only the families with money can afford to send their children through these athletic programs. Money again influences children at a very early age and they receive a much better chance of going further in sports in grade school programs. Is that fair to the child who lives with a poor family but can do nothing about it? The end result is kind of ironic but only reflects the double standard that society supports.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ron

    wow...i didn't realize that so many people were so jealous of Auburn. i mean we have a great far the best in the state and i know no one will argue that point. but, man, i didn't realize that so many people felt so badly about their own school compared to Auburn. by the way, the NCAA lives to put college players and colleges themselves on probation; provide fines to set examples; etc. if many of you truly think that both the FBI and the NCAA are in cahoots together i really don't know what to say to you.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      You misunderstand everyone, I think. They're not jealous; they're upset at the inconsistent and unfair enforcement by the NCAA of its own rules and regulations. It's an ongoing theme. Auburn just happens to be the latest example.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki4Au

      Its not that they are jealous of Auburn the are jealous because we are top now!! If it was Auburn and some other school then it would probably be the same. We have a great group of coaches, some GREAT players, and the best fans!!! So i say let the haters hate and on that note WDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. L

    He will get drafted by the Bengals

    December 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    What a joke the NCAA is, with Reggie Bush they take the word of a convicted drug dealer, with Cam Newton they have multiple sources – but in one case the son should have known in the other "how could the poor boy know" – I guess they realize an Auburn education is worthless and Cam is about as smart as a rock. The NCAA proves again it's a joke.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Price

    I guess it is OK to pimp your kids out now. Take USC off probation and give Bush the trophy back. i AM DONE WITH COLLEGE SPORTS. People get suspended for bumping into agents and other crap but this is nothing? Auburn is in the middle of nowhere with a 5-19 coach and they drag in a top 5 recruiting class his fist year. RIGHT. I am done with college sports. The NCAA knew about this for months and send out a letter one day and clears him the next? WOW. Maybe my Gators can start "buying" better players.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki4Au

      Reggie bush gave his heisman back no one took it. Check your stats before posting nonsense...this is not Auburn's first year with an undefeated team, perfect record, and high rankings!!! Stop your whinning 🙁 its not becoming of you:)

      December 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jiim

      Hey Price. What a short term memory you have. What do you mean "can start buying a better team"? They were found guilty of recruiting violations long before Auburn. How soon we forget. But then if you are only ten years old like you act, you probably can't remember that far back.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • haters gunna hate

      I'd be done with college sports if I was a Florida fan too lol.

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