Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Auburn Scandal is Looking Less Scandal-ly by the Day (UPDATED 1PM)

I'm not getting a good feeling with Cam-gate. The more time that passes and the hammer doesn't fall on someone, the less likely that it's going to happen at all. This thing is quickly running out of steam, both in the press and around the interwebs. From what I heard about it, it looked as though some seriously bad stuff was going to happen. We're talking money laundering through casinos, untraceable debit cards, tax evasion... pretty much everything illegal in the world that doesn't involve drugs.

While this was most likely aggrandized fiction, what I heard was so involved and detailed I felt like at least some of it was based in fact. I honestly could not imagine how a story like that was made up. But I guess people write books every day about what's rolling around in their head. I'm just not that creative.

I won't say that the Barn is definitely going to escape things here, but it sure looks like it's a good possibility right now. If it happens that this was all a sham, some reporters around the country are going to have to answer for completely fabricating this whole mess. How could you have that sort of thing on your conscience and not apologize for completely whiffing on all of this?

Don't get me wrong, I want Auburn to get whacked. They deserve every bit of it. With a staff made up of folks like Trooper Taylor, it can't be too long that they get on some sort of probation, even if it's not because of this. They didn't get these five-star recruits by not cheating. Why would Michael Dyer, Trovon Reed, and Shon Coleman go to Auburn if they had offers from pretty much every other school in the nation? Auburn doesn't get these type of guys- just doesn't make sense.

Even if Auburn gets the axe and has to vacate their wins, will it really matter in the grand scheme of things? While I desperately want this to happen, it won't change the fact that they won the SEC and National Championship if it happens that they do. It's just like the Reggie Bush scandal. It doesn't matter if his dad took a few million dollars, that money didn't make him the best player in college football that year. His ridiculous speed, agility, and leaping ability did.

If Cam is ruled ineligible, Auburn has to relinquish their wins, and heads roll at that university in Auburn, AL all those crazy fans will still claim they won the national championship. It also won't change that they hosed everyone on their schedule this year, most importantly Bama on their home turf.

Damn, I really wanted this to work out for the worst.

*** 1p.m. UPDATE***

Check out THIS posting on the NCAA's website. As it reads, the NCAA found that a violation of amateurism rules occurred Monday and Auburn ruled Newton ineligible. They appealed for his reinstatement and apparently won it as of today. This is the most interesting and ridiculous part of the whole thing (Per NCAA Release):

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.

In conjunction with the case, Auburn University has limited the access Newton’s father has to the athletics program and Mississippi State has disassociated the involved individual.

“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.”


Basically what this says to me is that Cecil Newton solicited funds from both universities for his son's commitment. So it's okay for every mama and daddy in the country to ask for money for their kid's commitment? We (the NCAA) found there was a violation of his amateur status yesterday but we changed our minds today? 

I am at the very least infuriated by this. 

5 comments:

  1. Be patient. The Feds do not move that fast. buth they perform thorough investigations. Remember these guys read a little card to you about your Miranda rights. Plus if you are a recruit do you want to think a little during this recruiting season about going to a school that could face serious sanctions. Let it play out. It will be what it will be. But for sure MSU and AU were hurt by this. If a recruits' parents come to you for money, somewhere word went out that those schools might pay.

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  2. True, also keep in mind that the Fed's do not get involved in any "rumors". They only jump into investigations that they absolutley know someone violated the law, theres going to be an arrest and its way too big for local law enforcement to handle (or they can't cause its a federal crime). In this case, there is no smoke...it's a raging inferno.
    I tell folks a year to 2 years will not be far fetched.
    What will be great will be what the NCAA does or does not do with the info the Fed's descover. If nothing happens after the FBI closes their case I can asure you there will be Open Records Requests filed like you've never seen.

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  3. Trust me I was involved in a FED investigation (on the good side as a witness) and they have to move very slowly. They are making a case , if there is one, and are in NO way worried about the public court of opinion or the media in any way.

    Trust me on another thing...the FED's do NOT get involved on rumors & innuendo's.

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  4. The NCAA just dropped the hammer on SoCal for transgressions committed in 2004. The wheels of justice turn slowly.

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  5. The FEDS are not investigating the Newtons. Why would they do that? A simple audit by the IRS would work for that. They're investigating Lowder and Mcgreggor for paying politicians. Nothing that the FBI is doing has anything to do with Cam Newton. A simple google search will tell you that.

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