What you need to know about Cam’s situation

I am sick and tired of hearing about the Cam Newton situation. He is a good kid who wants to open up daycare facilities some day, people, and just like when he bought the stolen laptop unknowingly, now he finds himself at the center of another misunderstanding.

Here’s all you need to know:

1. An associate of Cam Newton’s family is being accused on record of soliciting Cam’s services out of junior college for cash. John Bond, a former Mississippi State player “says” that a former teammate of his (from ’82 – ’85) named Kenny Rogers claimed to be representing Newton, and during Cam’s official visit to Mississippi State during the Ole Miss game last season, Rogers said “it would take some cash to get Cam.”

What we don’t know is, was Rogers talking about “cash”, as in money, or “cache”, as in computer memory and storage. We know the young man has an interest in computers, and to date no one has clarified this point for me.

2. Kenny Rogers operates a Chicago-based company called Elite Football Preparation, which holds camps in Chicago, Alabama and Mississippi and matches high school athletes with college programs. Those individuals are always on the up and up, with people who are only interested in the welfare of the player.

A Lexis search for that business lists Kenneth Rogers as the contact and his title as “agent.”

3. Little known journalists are driving this story at an unknown website. Have you ever heard of Pat Forde, Chris Low or Mark Schlabach? And what the heck is espn.com? As journalists do, these hacks are probably just trying to make a name for themselves. Oh, and if you count the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated, I guess you can lump them in on the action too.

4. The Birmingham News didn’t break this story. Therefore, anything you read from the outside is just haters being haters, ya know? Can you really believe anything not written by Kevin Scarbinsky, Charles Goldberg or even Phillip Marshall? I think we both agree the answer to that one is “n-o”. Those guys are on the money bringing us objective news about Auburn, whether it’s good or bad.

5. Even if the former Mississippi State player (Jon Bond) is telling the truth, so what? Bond says he alerted the Mississippi State athletic director Greg Byrne immediately. Interest in Newton at Mississippi State waned almost immediately, and roughly 30 days after Bond was told by Cam’s “representative” Rogers it would take cash (or cache) to get Newton, Cam announced he was a Tiger.

All that means is Cam probably liked Auburn more than State.

6. Cam’s father was told by Newnan, GA city officials that his church, Holy Zion Center of Deliverance, would be demolished if it could not be brought up to (city) code. Evidently it was in dire need of repair. In September of 2009, five months from national signing day, Cecil Newton told the city council it would be up to code “inside of six months.”

The timing of Cam’s “agent” shopping him around to schools inside of that six month window is total coincidence, as is the church finding the money to make the repairs in spring of this year. Spring takes place after February in most places. National signing day is in February. These are things you’ll hear people trying to link together, but it’s total coincidence.

There are hundreds of ways to raise the funds to prevent a dilapidated building from being demolished by the city. Car washes, doughnut sales, blood drives…you name it. And providing repairs to prevent demolition isn’t that expensive, you know? Forget that Cam’s mother said “If you’ve ever seen our church, you’d know we don’t have any money.” If there’s a will, there’s a way, and when I pass those teenage kids having a car wash at my local Arby’s, I drive off thinking “Now there’s some kids making enough to renovate a potentially condemned building.”

7. You’re going to hear that Rogers wanted $200,000 for Cam, but since the Newton family already had a relationship with Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs could get him for $180,000. Again, is it cash or cache? Could be talking about 180 gigabytes, or even megabytes. Cam signing for 200 gigabytes at Auburn is NOT a crime, people.

8. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said on his radio program last night: “Cameron Newton is eligible at Auburn University, period. End of story.” So that is the end of the story. Somebody please email Pat Forde, Chris Low and Mark Schlabach today and let them know.

9. Smoking guns often mean nothing. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say, they usually always mean nothing. Auburn shouldn’t consider benching Cam in the wake of the ongoing investigation, which the NCAA let them know about back in the summer. Sure, other programs like Alabama, Georgia and others hold out players whose potentially illegal participation may impact their program negatively in the future, but that’s a personal decision.

Forfeiting this entire dream season? The ridiculous thought of that idea simply makes me LOL.

10. The NCAA is investigating the recruitment of Cameron Newton. Cameron Newton was recruited (and signed) by Auburn. Those two facts are no cause for alarm if you’re a Tiger fan.

If you want to read more of this total B.S., visit espn.com. Or heck, log on to any sports site or buy any periodical today.

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  1. 2
    ERIC

    WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON?? oR BETTER YET WHAT PLANET DO YOU THINK WE ARE ON. WHAT A FAIRYTALE… CASH OR CACHE. iF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK, QUACKS LIKE A DUCK, ETC, CAM KNEW THE LAPTOP WAS HOT. AND HE SIGNED FOR $$$, NOT GYGABYTES. HE IS DIRTY AND SO NIS HIS DADDY, IF HE IS HIS DADDY

  2. 3
    finebammer

    and i seem to recall an auburn coach’s quote about how they didn’t know how good (s)cam was when they got him.

    as i recall (s)cam played on a championship team the year before with broken ribs???

    he was recruited to replace tim tebow.

    he played in a championship game with broken ribs.

    and malzahn didn’t know how good he was.

    hmmmph.

  3. 4
    BPI

    People could only speculate on his ability…Not many of the premier colleges offered him.

    Yes he is awesome.

    But did anyone think he was this awesome ? Nope.

    ERIC…You ooze with class.

  4. 5
    Sara

    Wow, Eric! I’m amazed, blown away that you are so much more intelligent and have so much more access to information than the proper authorities. You’re also a mind reader? That’s fantastic. I have a few people I’d like you to have a listen to for me, since you know what everyone is thinking. Do you teach classes?

    OR, considering the fact that you don’t recognize tongue-in-cheek when you see it, there’s a possibility you’re an Alabama fan who just doesn’t want to face Auburn and Cam Newton in a few weeks.

    Lose the CAPS lock and stop thinking you know everything about everyone.

  5. 6
    finebammer

    “Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said on his radio program last night: “Cameron Newton is eligible at Auburn University, period. End of story.” So that is the end of the story. Somebody please email Pat Forde, Chris Low and Mark Schlabach today and let them know.”

    and rod bramlett, auburn’s play-by-play man, told matt murphy this morning, “gene chizik would nevah lie. NEVAH!”

  6. 7
    Aub1234

    Eric, are you serious??? The article was a “tongue in cheek” joke, dude. However, they all do it. Sometimes, we lose honor among thieves just b/c of sour grapes. Look at Bammer just a few years ago. They were on probation from 2002 to 2006 for paying $50,000 to a coach in Memphis to steer one of his players to play for the mighty Tide. Guess who turned them in…Fulmer. What a hypocrite!

  7. 8
    Denny Chimes

    The church was being demolished and all of the sudden the money is there to save the day.

    IT’S A MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!!

    WAR CA$H EAGLE!!!

  8. 10
    Jerry

    It’s amazing how Alabama fans can so quickly condemn Cam Newton and totally overlook the fact that Saban constantly uses God’s name in vain! A sin is a sin and character is heard in our words and seen in our actions!

    If you can ignore or forgive Saban, does not Newton deserve the same?

    We are after all, talking about the life of a young man, who has yet to be offered the opportunities of a millionaire coach!

  9. 11
    Denny Chimes

    Jerry, that’s Nick Saban’s problem and he will have to answer to God for it, but if this is true Auburn/Newton are breaking NCAA rules. Bama broke NCAA rules in the past and paid for it dearly. As will Auburn if this is true. Forgiveness has nothing to do with it.

  10. 12
    bamabino

    Cecil Newton’s statement of “Rogers acted without our knowledge” in no way implies that Cam was being illegally represented by an agent.Yo Cecil, just let your lawyer do the talking and stop incriminating yourself.

  11. 15
    Jerry

    If Auburn or Newton broke any rules whatsoever they should be expected to pay, but at the moment the circumstantial evidence seems to point to Rogers recruiting for State not Auburn and until there is evidence to the contrary everything else is just cross state posturing!

  12. 17
    WDEinTTown

    Here’s what you need to know: No one will know anything until the investigation starts to develop. Right now, there is circumstantial evidence that could be construed to show that nothing happened or that something in fact did happen. I tend to side with the former because I’m an Auburn fan and I don’t want it to be true. Most of you side with the latter because you are Alabama fans and you want it to be true. Both sides can talk about the “facts” until they’re blue in the face but the only fact is that very few people know what happened and they are the ones being silent. The rest is just speculation. If you deny this (from either side) then you are deluding yourself. At the moment though, Cam Newton is eligible and Auburn University has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

  13. 18
    BPI

    One of the first journalists” to break this story, Peter Fiutak, just wrote a column that pretty much refutes everything he said to begin with….

    Why would he do that ?

    He knows he is about to get his butt sued off…

    In the competition to get a big headline, these journalists jumped the gun.

    Expect more of the same.

    This is a pipe dream bammers.

  14. 20
    Romanov

    As Pete Fiutak now says in today’s article: “There’s Cam Newton, who was investigated last summer and cleared… First and foremost, Newton himself appears to have nothing to do with this at all… Newton’s family appears to be out of this. Again, the condition of the church and the papers submitted to the NCAA shows it, as opposed to the Bush situation that had smoking guns all over the place…” http://cfn.scout.com/2/1018821.html

  15. 22
    BPI

    The price is WRONG bammers !!!!!! I know it hurts, but there is nothing that is going to stop Newton from runnin roughshod on the turds come the 26th.

    Stinks , don’t it ?

    Ya’ll just knew you had it, but it slipped right out of your hands…..

    DOOHHHH !!!!!!!!!!

  16. 24
    KingAnger

    Bought a stolen laptop unknowingle? BAHAHAHAHA. Is that why he painted it to disguise it and threw it out the window when the cops arrived? And then lied about it? BAHAHAHAHA. Yea okay. Whatever helps you sleep at night. Stupid Barners.

  17. 25
    BPI

    KingDoosher…….I don’t know if you got the memo…….But the laptop thing isn’t exactly what we are talking about.

  18. 27
    BPI

    KingDoosher……….

    How does it feel for this “BIG STORY” to have lasted all of 24 hours after being leaked to the media by non-credible sources to completey unravel and blow up in Urban Meyers, and Kenny Rogers faces ?

    do a little research ( I’m sure ITK already has and that explains his sudden abscence) and you will see that Kenny Rogers is currently under investigation from the NFL, and happens to be bankrupt…Hmmmmmmmm…..Rock solid evidence , huh ?

    Bottom line is this……And listen reeeaallll good….Cam Newton WILL PLAY IN THE IRON BOWL……..There aint nothing you can do to stop it…He is going to whip bamas ass…..PERIOD…….

  19. 28
    Alex Hamilton

    BPI, you ignorant slut. First of all, for the 1000th time, it’s spelled “douche” not doosh. You’re a douchebag for not knowing that.

    Secondly, no journalist is skeered about being sued. The truth is an absolute defense.

    I love what Tony Barnhardt had to say:

    “If Cecil Newton was involved in shopping his kid to the highest bidder, then there is a special place in Hell reserved for Cecil.”

    Personally, I think the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Son, busted for receipt of stolen property, and now this.

    And, it couldn’t happen to a better, more deserving fan base.

    ITK, you should really get that gash in your cheek looked at by a doctor. After writing this piece your tongue is surely poked all the way through….

  20. 30
    crimson hammah

    99% of truth still not out – camdad went to and met with ms coaches and lane kiffen to shake them down

  21. 31
    crimson hammah

    CAM SAID HE WANTED TO GO TO MISS ST AND THAT HIS DAD WANTED HIM TO GO TO AU,BUT HE WOULD GO WHERE HIS FATHER WANTED TO GO..CAM KNEW ABOUT DAD’S SHENANIGANS

  22. 33
    BPI

    Alex…You are a doosh….Show some respect and shut your pie hole.

    I don’t care what Tony Barnhart said. He is a doosh, like you.

    You have no idea what the “truth” is . No lawyer knows what the truth is….It’s all up to interpretation in a lawyers mind. That is why you are the scum of the earth. Well, the scum of the earth and a doosh.

    So, you and the rest of the bammer nation can deflate your boner, and face reality…Cam will play in the Iron Bowl, and will beat Alabama…

    Doosh……

  23. 36
    crimson hammah

    WHERE THERE HAS BEEN SMOKE THERE IS ALWAYS FIRE,,,,,,MARCEL JULIO INGRAM FISH TRIP ALBERT MEANS MIKE PRICE – DYE PAYOLA REGGIE BUSH RICH ROD

  24. 37
    crimson hammah

    LMAO JIM ROME JUST HAD HIS OLD INTERVIEW WITH CAM AND HOW HE ENDED UP AT AU – CAM SAID ” MAN IT WAS ALL A BUSINESS DEAL” SMOKING GUN

  25. 41
    crimson hammah

    CAMDAD AT FIRST IVE KNOWN ROGERS WELL FOR 2 YRS CALLED HIM TO FIND OUT ABOUT MISS ST AND ON AND ON…NOW IT’S NO CONTACT WHATSOEVER…GO FIGGER

  26. 43
    crimson hammah

    U DID NOT CARE ABOUT BEING BUSTED THEY WANT TO BEAT BAMA AT ALL COST JUST WIN BABY THEN SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES = IT TOOK SOCAL 5 YRS TO GET HAMMERED ..THE NEVERBEENS COULD BEING NEVERBEENS IF IT WASN’T FOR 13

  27. 46
    ITK

    BP, I hope he does play in the Iron Bowl.

    1.) I firmly believe we win either way, and

    2.) In the event that we don’t, it’ll be another game you have to vacate from your “dream” season.

    Bury that head in the sand a little more BP; a little deeper and you might not be able to hear the crying when it all comes down.

    By the way, watch for news on Dyer, Reed and Lemon..Lemen…oh heck…the yellow corvette recipient.

  28. 47
    BPI

    Whar exactly is coming down ?

    The SEC, and NCAA were notified about Cams situation, and they CLEARED HIM …

    Your point #10 is about as good a reporting job as Chris Lows…..The NCAA has not sent Auburn any letter of inquary as of yet….Doesn’t mean they are not checking it out.

    You just keep hopin ITK … Maybe if you hope enough it will come true…NOT !!!!

  29. 48
    crimson hammah

    cam dad sat down with the miss st and tn coaching staffs and attempted to shake them down easy provable…cam newton said he went to because au because it was an all business deal…rogers went on croot trip to miss st with newton…the miss st asst coach knows how au funneled money to newtons

  30. 56
    crimson hammah

    camdad – ive known rogers for 2 yrs and talked on phone – went with us on cam visit to miss st…

    camdad – we have never had any contact with that man whatsoever

    camdad I – i did not have sexual relations with that woman

    hammah – thank god criminals are for the most part stupid and sink themselves

  31. 57
    Crimsonite

    BP this sounds like an instant replay of Albert Means. Everybody denying everything and discrediting all the witnesses. What do you expect them to say? “We did it”. My experience has been that the more discredible the parties are – the more apt to be involved in shady shite. You best be looking for some good cover dude. RTR!

  32. 58
    Pluto

    Why is anybody surprised by all of this ? It’s a Business . JUCOS have always been Free Agents going to the Highest Bidder. I just wish that there was one Aubie out there that understands this is how Business is Conducted and this time Aub got their “Paw” or “talon” or whatever the hell – caught in the cookie jar – mark it down as an expensive mistake.
    Put your Joint Down. How Naive are you Cuz ?

  33. 59
    ITK

    BP, USC lived under a cloud of speculation for years…YEARS…before the NCAA finished their investigation, ultimately hammering them with the third worst penalty in history.

    Alabama was under the microscope for almost two years.

    This ain’t over, pal. And he hasn’t been cleared of anything. Your win-at-any-cost program is just too desperate and hungry to sit him until the investigation is over.

    And the investigation isn’t over.

    Better yet, shoulda done what most schools did in regards to Cameron Jerrell Newton…stay away.

    An agent runner pimping a player spells trouble in the long run. Abarn is just too stupid and desperate to see it.

    Just because new info hasn’t surfaced in the last 48 hours doesn’t mean it isn’t over. Lot more out there, my friend.

  34. 64
    Denny Chimes

    BPI is starting to sound like Baghdad Bob: “There are no US tanks in Baghdad” while the tanks are barrelling down Main Street.

  35. 65
    bamagirl10

    I had a thought today about the whole “Cam thing” and thought I would share it. Cam being the great athelete that he is, leading a JUCO in Texas to a NC, why wasn’t he recruited and offered a scholarship by one of the Texas schools? As much as they are “all about” a high profile quarterback, why wouldn’t they have recruited him? He took a visit to OK but they never offered him anything. So why State and Auburn only? His Dad denies any involvement with Kenny Rogers (agent or handler) whatever they choose to call him; then he says they have known him for 2 years but he never met him until they all went down to check out MS State. Why is an agent even involved to start with? And what would he gain if this story is not true? I don’t see where it would benefit him at all if he is just “making this up”. Now going back to the laptop situation…..the charges were dropped because he took a pretrial diversion. When you take a pretrial diversion, you admit that you did it, you pay restitution and court costs and possibly could have been community service. I know this because my sister-in-law took a pretrial diversion and this is the way it works. Folks, the NCAA doesn’t get involved in something based on a rumor or a whim. There is sufficient evidence for them to investigate further and whether it comes back on MS State or Auburn remains to be seen. If there was wrongdoing and Cam proves to be “ineligible” because of a payoff, then all the games he played in will have to forfeited regardless of where he was playing. It may take a while or it may not, but as Corso said this morning, there’s alot more to this story and the NCAA will find out the truth.

  36. 66
    BamaHate

    Hey ITK and simpleton,

    Go tell some Alabama players to sell some more cocaine while they build the statue of midget in “tire smell” Tuscaloosa.

    You guys talk about laptops and forget your linebacker Jerrell Harris had to give one back or stole it (something pretty similar) to CAM. I think he got suspended from some games and not even kicked off the team, SO SHUT YOUR CUNT!

  37. 67
    HArold

    I hope that auburn won’t have to vacate wins like Alabama just had to do for the textbook fiasco. 21 games was it?

  38. 68
    Jack

    Are you serious? Cache or Cash? No one signs athletes for “cache”. He bought a stolen and attempted to cover up the facts because he knew it was stolen.

    Of course Chizik will defend Newton, he wants the National Championship. But just because the Coach says he’s innocent doesn’t make it so. Hence the investigation.

    It may come out there was no wrong doing with the signing, but you weren’t there you don’t know. The NCAA is doing the right thing.

    It’s not just “haters”, maybe it’s people with morals who like keeping our athletes (who are role models to kids) decent.

  39. 69
    Paul Nygaard

    It’s idiotic to say these things w/o any facts. Let’s just make things up. Steve S had to shell out big bucks to get Lattimore to change his mind and commit to USCE. See how easy it is to make up a story. Why release all this garbage prior to the Iron Bowl and Heisman voting?? Can someone be trying to slam Auburn and Cam ?? Who would want to do that ? Take a guess.

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