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Friday, November 12, 2010

Pay-to-Play?


I’m not sure what to make of these allegations against Cam Netwon, which recently surfaced. These allegations (I’m sure you’re all aware of now), state that Auburn quarterback, Cam Newton was involved in a pay-to-play scandal when he was being recruited out of Junior College. Kenny Rogers, a former Mississippi State football player, represented Cam during the recruiting process. And as reported in the USA Today, Rogers claims “Cam’s father met with two MSU coaches in Starkville, Miss., last November, one of the coaches said, “No, no I don’t want to hear that,” when Cecil Newton asked about the payment for Cam Newton to attend Mississippi State.” “Rogers said Cecil Newton told him it would take anywhere from $100,000 to $180,000 for Cam to sign with the school.” The NCAA and FBI have now stepped in and are taking a look at the claims.


It’s crazy how this story is beginning to unfold and yet these are just one man’s allegations. Early reports stated that Cam’s status for Saturday’s game against Georgia was up in the air, in the midst of all this commotion. I don’t see how Auburn could even think about benching Newton since he hasn’t been found guilty of anything. I question Mr. Rogers’ motivation and timing with bringing these allegations to the surface. Like a snowball rolling down a mountainside, these allegations can only gain momentum and build up. This Auburn squad has to prepare to battle a pesky Georgia squad this weekend and now also try to block out these allegations, too? Man, talk about a distraction…I’m not trying to be naïve in thinking Newton is innocent, and I’m also not ignorant to say he’s guilty. All I’m saying is wait until all the facts come out before you pass judgment because trust me; we haven’t heard the last of this.  











Carey, Jack, and Steve Wieberg. "Lawyer: Kenny Rogers will likely meet with NCAA next week - Campus Rivalry: College Football & Basketball News, Recruiting, Game Picks, and More - USATODAY.com." News, Travel, Weather, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, U.S. & World - USATODAY.com. USA Today, 12 Nov. 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. .

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