Originally Posted by jojo
The NCAA will have the final facts. Right now in my view ESPN is trying to fill voids between actual additional facts. The original story is good reporting and there is no way ESPN couldn't go with it. But seriously, a major link on their NCAA FB page last Saturday was that Newton received a warm response from fans at Auburn's homecoming game? Seriously? Does it really matter that Cam might have had a checkered academic record in Florida given the laptop etc? Not really-it's kind of like knowing the name of Tiger's G/F. It doesn't really add anything tangible. Truthfully it just makes Florida look a little sleazy because if true, someone had to leak the info.
It very may well just be filler on ESPN's part. But I do find it somewhat ironic that day in day out negative stories are coming out about Newton.
In Stewart Mandle's column today he made mention of why this academic cheating may be a bigger deal than once thought. He said that Newton and his father said he left Florida because he had fallen on the depth chart, not that he was on the verge of getting kicked out. Make no mistake about it, if you are caught cheating at the college level you are gone. As long as you are a "student athlete" (which is another topic all together) you get caught cheating you should be kicked out of school. IMO it shows the Newton's willingness to bend the truth/lie in order to benefit their son.
Citing unnamed sources in a blog entry really isn't a high bar either-its filler.
I'm confident in this though, I'll have to see it to believe it concerning the assertion that Auburn did anything wrong in this issue. That's not because I like seeing the eagle circle above Jordan-Hare stadium either. Auburn, the NCAA, and the SEC apparently knew of the Rogers allegation in January. I just don't buy that Auburn's compliance officer would've overlooked anything improper on Auburn's part given the amount of time between then and the start of the season and apparetnly they've been through Cam's finances, his father's finances and those of his father's church.
Tangible links between the Newtons and Rogers might emerge but he is no friend of the Auburn program.
Auburn isn't Florida, Alabama, or LSU. They are a nice SEC program but hardly a top tier program. I believe that they would be willing to bend the rules in order to get a guy like Newton. As it appears now Auburn isn't in trouble but the case has yet to be closed. I do wonder if the SEC, or the media for that matter, new the depth of accusations against Newton in Jan. There are new allegations coming out every day.