>We all know the story about Cam Newton and for most people, it just seems to get more and more interesting as we go along. The NCAA delivered its opinion on the matter the other day and it could not have opened a bigger door for future violations.
The NCAA cleared Newton to compete without conditions, saying it was Cecil Newton and “an owner of a scouting service” — former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers — who violated amateurism rules.
The NCAA became involved over the summer in investigating the pay-for-play scheme that was discussed during Newton’s recruitment. Two Mississippi State boosters accused Cecil Newton and Rogers of trying to get up to $180,000 for Cam Newton to play for the Bulldogs while the quarterback was being recruited out of junior college last year.
“Based on the information available to the reinstatement staff at this time, we do not have sufficient evidence that Cam Newton or anyone from Auburn was aware of this activity, which led to his reinstatement,” Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs, said in a news release.
You have got to be kidding me. The kid didn’t actually know what his dad was doing? Why would Cecil ask for money from Mississippi State but no other school? Especially since Cam originally said that he wanted to go to MSU anyway? That just doesn’t seem right does it?? The only problem is that this will open a big can of worms that will allow future players do this and get away with it without any repercussions.
If you remember, in the summer a basketball player from Chicago, Anthony Davis, was accused of taking money from the University of Kentucky to give Coach Calipari an oral commitment. Now, his dad, Anthony Davis Sr.,or other parents accused of doing the same thing have nothing to worry about because it can be claimed that the parent knew about the taking of the money and the player had no knowledge of it. But how believable is all of this??
Pay for play has been going on for years and now it seems as if it will continue to be going on. Unless this ruling is just one that is temporary until the NCAA is able to look further into the matter, it can be guaranteed that this practice will continue. Especially since coaches can recruit kids as young as seventh grade, what’s to say they won’t start then? If they do, one can only imagine the amount it can grow to until he gives whatever coach a commitment or letter of intent.
But have fun with this NCAA. Have fun realizing what this has done to the game and that it makes it even more corrupt. But don’t forget, a kid NEVER knows what his parent is doing and is always the innocent one…