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Bloggers - The Cam Fallout

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Posted Aug 21, 2011


From the CFN bloggers, here are their thoughts on all the important topics going into the 2011 college football season.


State of the Game - Bloggers 

The Cam Controversy


2011 CFN State of the Game Topics
 
- Should The Death Penalty Be On The Table? 
- What One Thing Can Stop The Cheating? | Bloggers Analysis
- How To Fix The NCAA | Bloggers Analysis
- Is There Institutional Control? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Cam Newton Situation | Bloggers Analysis
Was Stanley McClover Telling The Truth? | Bloggers Analysis
Should Players Get a Bigger Stipend? | Bloggers Analysis
- Should a one-loss SEC team play for it all? | Bloggers Analysis
- Why isn't there a playoff? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Programs About To Blow Up | Bloggers Analysis
- Does The Longhorn Network Matter? | Bloggers Analysis
- What'll Happen In Ten Years? | Bloggers Analysis
- When Should Players Turn Pro? | Bloggers Analysis
- What's Your Beef? The Biggest Complaints | Bloggers Analysis

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By Terry Johnson
Auburn did not give Cam Newton anything other an athletic scholarship. With all of the media attention that case received, the explosion of social media, and the SEC’s rabid fan base, someone would have discovered the truth if Newton had received a “pay for play” scheme.

By Phil Harrison
This thing smells worse than a grilled limburger cheese. I don’t for one moment buy the way this story was spun, just like I don’t buy that the only thing going on at Ohio State was the exchange of a few signed mini-helmets for discounted tattoos. I would be shocked if further revelations aren’t leaked and uncovered down the road, but it's too late.
  
By Justine Hendricks
I’d love to believe that Cam Newton went to Auburn for only the most noble of reasons and that he was completely eligible during his stellar 2010 season. I’d love to believe that there’s a chunk of the story missing, that there was a good reason for him choosing Auburn just because he wanted to. I’d love to think that if there was anything untoward happening, it was all on Cecil Newton and that Cam was just a pawn in the cutthroat game that is college athletics. I don’t think that, but I’d like to.  

By David Sweigart
Neither the NCAA nor I currently have any proof that Cam Newton’s father was paid for the commitment of Cam Newton to Auburn. Kenny Rogers alleges the price for Newton was between $100,000 and $180,000 to attend Mississippi St but he decided to go to Auburn for free? No, but that is only my belief for which I have no proof to offer and as of today Auburn is the 2011 BCS National Champion and went 14-0 on the field. Does Auburn win the championship without Cam Newton? Absolutely not, but until someone comes forward with some documented proof that money was exchanged for the commitment of Cam Newton to Auburn, all we have are internet stories and radio hosts promoting hearsay that is starting to sound like folk tale. 

By Brian Harbach

It made no sense for Auburn to play anyone that they were aware committed NCAA violations to the level of the accusations towards Cecil Newton. The idea that they were already “All In” with playing someone ineligible is such a slap in the face to the NCAA and the sanctions would be disastrous if they did anything improper.

We can say with certainty that Cecil Newton tried to get money from Mississippi State, but after that it is all assumptions. My assumption is that Cecil Newton realized he was not going to get money or had a change of heart about selling his son to MSU. Because of the situation he put his son in he had to get him away from MSU because if it came out it would have an impact on Cam’s NFL future.

Cam Newton was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft because of what he did on the field for Auburn, not because of what he could have done at MSU. And there was a chance if this came to light at MSU while his son was playing that his career would be over. Signing with MSU would have been fruit from the poisonous tree and Auburn was the only other option. Cam wanted to go to MSU but he had his father make the decision for him and Auburn was the only choice at that point.

By Matthew Peaslee
No matter the awards Cam Newton receives or the stats he puts up, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner will forever be marred in the controversy he left behind at Auburn. In my opinion, it wasn’t totally his fault. Newton was the victim, or pawn, rather, in a case of greed. Every parent, especially one of a talented athlete, wants what is best for his or her child. Cecil Newton just pushed the limits. I believe that Cam played out the 2010 season when he should have been ruled ineligible. 

By Bradlee Simoneaux
There are way too many parts to the story that came out for something wrong not to have happened. Will it ever be proven? Most likely, yes, but it will take the NCAA years to uncover everything as usual, and by the time it is over with, there will be nothing left to do except to have Auburn vacate some wins from the past. It will have no effect on Cam just as the USC allegations had a minimal impact on Reggie Bush, and that is one of the biggest problems with the system today. If you cannot punish the people that were responsible for the infractions, then players that had nothing to do with the sanctions should not be forced to suffer the consequences.

By Gabe Harris
I believe that Cecil Newton discussed money with people at Mississippi State due to a past relationship with Dan Mullen but no other schools. If he had a past relationship with other schools then he might have discussed money with them as well. But Bob Stoops and Lane Kiffin denied discussing money with anyone associated with Cam Newton and I do not think Auburn did either. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn needed convincing to offer Newton a scholarship. That does not sound like a player Auburn would offer $180,000 to.
 
2011 CFN State of the Game Topics  
- Should The Death Penalty Be On The Table? 
- What One Thing Can Stop The Cheating? | Bloggers Analysis
- How To Fix The NCAA | Bloggers Analysis
- Is There Institutional Control? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Cam Newton Situation | Bloggers Analysis
Was Stanley McClover Telling The Truth? | Bloggers Analysis
Should Players Get a Bigger Stipend? | Bloggers Analysis
- Should a one-loss SEC team play for it all? | Bloggers Analysis
- Why isn't there a playoff? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Programs About To Blow Up | Bloggers Analysis
- Does The Longhorn Network Matter? | Bloggers Analysis
- What'll Happen In Ten Years? | Bloggers Analysis
- When Should Players Turn Pro? | Bloggers Analysis
- What's Your Beef? The Biggest Complaints | Bloggers Analysis

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