BREAKING: Cam Newton violated SEC rules too?

Clay Travis continues to explore the implications of Camgate over at Fanhouse. Today’s post is very important to the SEC.

According to the report, “The Southeastern Conference bylaws offer specific language that could render Auburn quarterback Cam Newton ineligible to play any sport at all league institutions. That’s what careful study of the Ethical Conduct provision of the SEC bylaws has revealed to FanHouse. In particular, Section 14.01.3.2 dealing with Financial Aid states:

“If at any time before or after matriculation in a member institution a student-athlete or any member of his/her family receives or agrees to receive, directly or indirectly, any aid or assistance beyond or in addition to that permitted by the Bylaws of this Conference (except such aid or assistance as such student-athlete may receive from those persons on whom the student is naturally or legally dependent for support), such student- athlete shall be ineligible for competition in any intercollegiate sport within the Conference for the remainder of his/her college career.”

There are many additional details in the article. It is a MUST read.

However, there is one detail that must be highlighted.

According to Travis, “Who makes the determination of whether an ethical violation has occurred under this bylaw? Pursuant to SEC bylaw 19.10.3.2: “The Commissioner is the official interpreter of NCAA and SEC rules and regulations.” So whatever commissioner Mike Slive determines in this regard would govern. What’s more, Slive’s authority to make a determination on Newton’s eligibility is even more expansive pursuant to Section 4.4.2 (b) of the conference bylaws:

“The Commissioner shall have jurisdiction on all questions of student eligibility for intercollegiate athletic competition and may appoint an advisory committee on eligibility and infractions and base actions on consultations with this committee;”

So much more at Fanhouse. But the focus on the SEC is an important development in this story. It explains why so many around the SEC are disappointed in the failure of Mike Slive to respond to this crisis.

Why is Mike Slive asleep? Why has the SEC let this scandal develop? Will the SEC do the right thing?