Commentary: Cam Newton pay-for-play scandal

The latest scandal involving Auburn and star quarterback Cam Newton has given the Southeastern Conference (SEC) another black eye. Just look at this line from an AP commentary by Jim Litke. Litke wrote, “Championships are a lot rarer than recruiting violations. Win the former and people will tolerate plenty of the latter. The Southeastern Conference is practically a testament to that.” Below a few of my thoughts on this matter is the entire column from the AP with many nice things to say about Cam Newton.

But one story in all of this is the SEC and its tolerance for cheating. Tony Barnhart suggested in a column that Slive should “put his foot down” and prevent all these negative things from being said about the cheating going on at a member school.

Maybe SEC Commissioner Mike Slive should put his foot down and stop the cheating?

Maybe Slive should pressure Tennessee to get rid of Bruce Pearl for his unethical conduct (telling lies) in basketball and pressure Auburn to do the right thing in the Cam Newton scandal.

Slive is a leader. Mr. Slive it is time to lead. And the leadership needed will eliminate cheating. Here is a hint: These leaks wouldn’t be a problem if the SEC and Auburn had solved this Newton scandal before the season started. Period. The problem here isn’t the leak, but how the SEC and a member institution ignored serious allegations of cheating in an effort to win at football.