Well ESPN couldn't help themselves could they?? They barely made a sweep across the Downtown Athletic Club before they are citing all the integrity and character clauses of the Heisman charter and talking about Cecil Newton deciding not to come to the ceremony. REALLY?? They needed to tell everybody that Cam's dad wasn't going to be there?? Did they bring that up last year for Mark Ingram??? Really, I don't know because I haven't watched a Heisman ceremony in probably 20 years. Of course they couldn't honor the moment and the award. They had to degrade the other finalists by continuing to insinuate that Cam shouldn't REALLY be there....and taking away the dignity from ALLLL the finalists. Nicely done ESPN...and nice plug for "Pony Excess" right after the Heisman ceremony....you know the story about how SMU got the death penalty for paying players? Hey ESPN, we get the point already..... why don't you just start up another channel so you can run Newton/Auburn slander 24 hours a day and quit beating around the bush. The lies have been told so many times that everyone believes it , so why not just make it daily programming and feed red meat to the haters.
Sorry, I had to vent...but the one question I have to ask all you people that think Cam is getting away with murder is this. Name me one athlete that has egregiously violated NCAA bylaws (to the extent you all think he has) and NOT had the hammer dropped on him by the NCAA? Give yourself a minute....it'll come to you. Lets see, it was uhhh....its on the tip of my tongue....uuuhhhhh.
Can't think of one? Neither can I.
The reason the NCAA didn't nail Cam to the cross is that Kenny Rogers....and probably MSU....instigated the pay for play.
Here is what they said...
"According to facts of the case agreed upon by Auburn University and the NCAA enforcement staff, the student-athlete’s father and an owner of a scouting service worked together to actively market the student-athlete as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton’s commitment to attend college and play football. NCAA rules (Bylaw 12.3.3) do not allow individuals or entities to represent a prospective student-athlete for compensation to a school for an athletic scholarship."
They "worked together to actively market" --- does that say solicitation??? No, it doesn't. The NCAA is not shy of calling a spade, a spade. They don't parse words. They say what they mean and mean what they say. They are not in the practice of saving a teams perfect season or a players magical jorney to the Heisman. They don't care.The bottom line is the facts don't back up Rogers story, and both Cecil and Auburn have been open and COOPERATIVE since January, ...again...since January....and some sources say Chizik had the NCAA's blessing to play before Cam even signed.
You have to be a REAL hater to look at what Auburn and Cecil have done to make things right BEFORE THIS STORY EVEN SAW THE LIGHT OF DAY, and still say that something fishy is going on. These are not the acts of people that have something to hide. It was a non-issue until reporters, looking for dirt on the Heisman front runner, decided to make it one. And bear in mind.....Auburn is STILL not being investigated. Does it merit being reported on, absolutely, but the only information in the case that has names associated with it has come SOLELY from Kenny Rogers. Thats it. No other information attributable to a person with a name is available. None. In the six weeks since the story broke, nobody has felt the need to come forward to put their name behind any info that would corroborate a word that Kenny Rogers says. That doesn't seem to bother the media at all. But everybody feels its ok to assume the worst about Cam, his father and Auburn, and trust the word of a guy that makes a living "selling" kids to schools. I'm sorry...who is REALLY being MYOPIC here? If all institutions acted with the clarity and openness of Auburn there would not nearly as many problems with the recruiting game as there are.
Hey, its all good though. I know it sucks to be the fan of an irrelevant team and watching another teams fans enjoying a season they will tell their Grandchildren about. I get it....I've been there all my life....but I also can say.... do what I did....move on....get a life ..... and quit trying to make everybody else miserable.
All I can say is this, have all the doubts you want .... get an ulcer from hate......I'm sleeping well....because the facts back me up, not you. You're wrong and you have been since the start.