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Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Cam Update

Well, the verdict is in and the NCAA agreed with my earlier post that it should not punish the son because the father may have broken some rather serious rules. Not everyone is pleased. Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN writes in an article titled “NCAA spins fairytale fodder” that this has opened up “loophole chaos” and that “The NCAA, for all its countless, mind-boggling rules, is apparently useless when it comes to a father trying to sell his son.”

Come on, now. The NCAA is no slouch when it comes to enforcing its endless set of hypocritical regulations. But it simply found no evidence that either Cam Newton or anyone at Auburn knew anything about the alleged scheme or did anything wrong.

We still know precious little about what went down here. Supposedly, a pastor at a poor church in disrepair through a former player at Mississippi State offered to steer his son to that program in exchange for $180,000. The school didn’t bite. The son enrolled at Auburn, which was never asked to contribute to the ailing church, and he became the leading candidate for the Heisman while leading the team to the BCS Championship Game where he will earn Auburn millions of dollars. Now that’s a story.

I still say the NCAA did the right thing here. Amazingly. But why? Was it to follow the wisdom of Ezekiel—and me—about not punishing the child for the sins of the father? Or was it to protect the product which at this late date needs Auburn and the best player in the country in its showcase title game? Maybe Wojciechowski knows.


Wow. Milstein compares his wisdom to Ezekiel? Anyway, the SEC (Southeastern Conference) has a rule directly related to this incident, yet as of now has chosen not to enforce it. The rule is simple: Cam Newton should be ineligible. Check it.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 12/02/2010 6:37 AM  

I take exception to your "Auburn did not offer Cam money" line. You don't know that. The NCAA has announced that there is no evidence of such an event.

Also, Cam's father soliciting MSU was a violation, and Cam was made ineligible. For a whole, whopping one day. I wonder if that's the shortest punishment ever handed down by the NCAA?

Anonymous Ryan E. -- 12/02/2010 9:10 AM  

The SEC (and the NCAA) care more about the money generated by Auburn in the title game than rules or ethics.

Blogger BLAZER PROPHET -- 12/02/2010 6:50 PM  

Yes, I agree with Ryan. There is, most likely, still a lot to learn about this situation. We do not know what did or didn't happen at this point. It is just too early.

What we do know is that his father stated that he would only go for x dollars. We know that he ended up at Auburn. There maybe dots to connect still yet.

Anonymous PPM Template -- 12/02/2010 11:39 PM  

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