NCAA Rules Cam Newton Eligible
In an earlier somewhat contested post about college football standout and Heisman Trophy front-runner Cam Newton, I wrote that the NCAA has a history of punishing college athletes for accepting money without holding those willing to pay responsible in adequate fashion.
It seems that association may finally be ready to turn the page on this type of ruling.
Wednesday—after having been ruled ineligible for one day by Auburn—the NCAA announced Killa Cam’s eligibility has been reinstated, following an investigation of the details surrounding allegations of corruption and a pay-for-play scheme.
It turns out Newton’s father, Pastor Cecil Newton (pictured alongside Cam, above) asked for money without his son’s knowledge, consent, or involvement. He and NFL agent Kenny Rogers have violated NCAA rules and are suffering consequences. Auburn has, in turn, limited Rev. Newton’s access to its athletic program, although no specifics have been given.
Mississippi State has completely dissociated itself from Rogers, who will undoubtedly have a tougher time finding clients to represent now that his name is attached to the scandal.
However, the NCAA does not consider all loose ends tied in the matter just yet and noted that Newton is being reinstated prior to the close of the investigation. Translation: If any evidence turns up that suggests Newton was involved in the pay-for-play scheme, all bets are off.
Hopefully, that won’t happen.
This kid is, to put it simply, the truth. Week after week, his heroics are on display as he rushes, throws, and wills his team to victory after victory (earning 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season for the first time in SEC history) and it would truly be a shame to see it all go for naught.
The NCAA has made the right move and hopefully has set a precedent of sticking it to those who are actually at the center of the scandal, not just the young and impressionable players. The organization is also looking to eliminate future instances of players remaining eligible in cases where money gets solicited from one team and they end up playing at another.
In the meantime, I’m sure Pastor Cecil Newton is soooooo glad troubles don’t last always.