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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