Another Pete Thamel article is hot off the presses, and again, that pesky New York Times just won’t let the suspected cheaters in Lee County rest.
“But amid the crisp white celebratory T-shirts and sweaty hugs, an elephant still loomed in the winning locker room on Monday night. As players picked confetti from their hair, they ducked questions about whether they were worried about Auburn’s national championship holding up under N.C.A.A. scrutiny of quarterback Cam Newton’s recruitment.
‘I’m not even going to answer those questions right now,’ Pugh said.
But Auburn cannot lock the crystal championship trophy in a case until the N.C.A.A. finishes the Newton investigation. The N.C.A.A. enforcement staff has been looking into Newton’s recruitment for at least four months. If it finds that he or his family committed violations, he could be ruled ineligible retroactively and Auburn could be forced to vacate its title.
“When asked if there was any concern within the Auburn program that the title would be vacated because of the investigation, the Tigers’ defensive coordinator, Ted Roof, did not comment. The silence of the usually talkative Roof underscores the awkwardness of this Auburn victory.”
Here’s a goodie that I’m sure we all believe:
“One of the few times he (Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs) did talk was to The Associated Press before the game, saying that Cecil Newton Sr., Cam’s father, would not attend. (The N.C.A.A. ruled that Cecil Newton should have his access to the Auburn program limited because he was trying to sell his son, and he skipped the Heisman Trophy ceremony.)
Nevertheless, Cecil Newton was at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night, and father and son reportedly hugged after the game. An Auburn official later told USA Today that Cecil Newton had not received tickets from the university.”
Yeah. I totally believe that last line there.
And finally, the $180,000 question that drives this investigation, according to a personal conversation I had with Jackie Thurnes, Associate Director of Enforcement for the NCAA:
“The N.C.A.A. does not comment on the specifics of a continuing investigation. One question behind the inquiry is this: Why would Cecil Newton try to sell his son’s services to one Southeastern Conference university for $180,000 but not seek a similar payment from Auburn?”
Watching a cheater win is difficult, but watching it all unravel is going to be orgasmic. Last year when the Crimson Tide won the title legally, they weren’t having to face the legalities of their title. Just goes to show, when you cheat, the victory isn’t sweet for long.