Cam Newton suspended rumors will likely be spread all month. Auburn doesn’t want Cam Newton suspended, of course, since he is the reason they are close to a national title. But if the NCAA investigation around him gets worse, they may not have a choice before long. With more people doubting their star’s legitimacy, and the legitimacy of this whole season, Auburn is caught between a rock and a hard place. As the NCAA investigation expands, the possibility of it getting Newton suspended is lingering – although it hasn’t happened yet, despite some reports yesterday.
The rumor mill exploded once again yesterday, with speculation that Newton had been benched for Saturday’s game. If Auburn was going to do so voluntarily, it would be more likely to happen this week against Georgia, rather than for the Iron Bowl in two weeks.
However, the story was quickly denied, as the NCAA investigation hasn’t moved that fast yet. The embattled Heisman favorite is still set to face the Bulldogs, as a win would clinch the SEC West for Auburn and get them two steps away from a BCS title game birth.
These rumors were actually started by an Auburn blogger, as WarBlogle.com reported on Twitter that the NCAA would bench Newton. Yet, hours later, the blog stated that the whole thing was a “social experiment” and made note that he was being blasted for reporting “with no true source”
Obviously, the rumor was meant to blast the media for their role in the scandal. The NCAA investigation, and media outlets like ESPN and FOX Sports, has used sources from SEC rivals Florida and Mississippi State for the most part. To Auburn fans, these kinds of sources can’t be objective, and are just trying to derail their rivals.
Whether that is true or not, it has created a climate of uncertainty around Newton and the Tigers. This is an unparalleled situation for college football, as its leading team and player has had their eligibility doubted in the middle of the national title race. The scandal is being compared to the recent Reggie Bush ordeal, but that took years to get out.
It may be unlikely that the NCAA investigation can conclude before the season ends, or find concrete evidence against Newton before then. The evidence at the moment might not be enough to get Newton suspended, especially since it would throw the BCS race into chaos.
But at the rate that new stories are coming out, it might be a matter of time before a suspension becomes more than a rumor. That may not happen before Saturday, however, as Newton and Auburn try to get ready for Georgia.
SB Nation- “Bogus Cam Newton Suspension Rumor Started By Paul Finebaum And Auburn Blogger”
Bleacher Report- “Cam Newton Suspended? Making Sense of the Rumors”