December 1, 2010
Nothing to see here with Cam Newton, move along
The NCAA in all there wisdom has decided that Auburn's Cam Newton has done nothing wrong and may continue to play for a potential national championship.
I don't want to get into the whole pay-for-play argument about college athletes (the NCAA and schools makes a heck of a lot of money and doesn't pay these kids), but I would like to point out how ridiculous Cam Newton's father is...
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.
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."
Glad to see a religious man take such an upstanding position on the marketing of his son. Cecil might be the worst sports parent I've ever heard of. Cam Newton is incredibly gifted, so instead of trying to pull a paultry $100,000 or $200,000 from a university - why not wait until he's in the NFL and make millions? Cecil doesn't sound like the smartest book in the library.
Here's an idea Cecil, if you would have done that... you wouldn't have to worry about Cam being investigated by the NCAA and his career potentially derailed. I'm sure you didn't think of that though, you were probably too busy doing god's will.
I never blame the athletes, because they're usually 18-22 years old. If somebody showered me with money at that age, I'd be up for it too. What's really sad is all the other bloodsuckers, including parents, who just want to make a buck.
Sports agents and relatives are the real cancer of collegiate sports and if there was one way we could do away with the effects of these clowns, it would make everything a lot better.