The Cam Newton NCAA investigation has concluded, and the results were released just days before the 2010 SEC Championship Game. The NCAA investigation of Cam Newton involved accusations that Newton and his father may have violated recruiting rules when Mississippi State and Auburn sought to gain his services for the 2010 college football season. With the SEC Championship Game looming and possible a shot at the BCS National Championship Game, the NCAA finally came through with its findings on the whole situation.
According to ESPN, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has been ruled eligible to play in the SEC Championship Game this weekend. Newton has been completely cleared, with no conditions placed on his eligibility. In a week where it had become a question about whether Newton would be a “legal” player on the field for Auburn, the NCAA has ruled that he will be able to play out his time in Auburn without any restrictions.
This is a bold statement by the NCAA, and one that will help clean up Newton’s name as he decides whether he will head into the 2011 NFL Draft.
This is huge news for Auburn, which had been lumped into the controversy surrounding Newton, even though there was never a link between the school and his recruitment. All of the questions surrounding Newton had involved Mississippi State and his checkered past at the University of Florida, but Auburn was receiving a bit of criticism for keeping Newton on the field.
Now they are clear to play him in the SEC title game, as well as the national title game, and you can bet that this Heisman Trophy candidate is going to be front and center for the Auburn Tigers. The case wasn’t completed closed, though, and could involve discussions about Newton’s father.
It seems clear the NCAA feels that Newton’s father did something wrong in this matter; they are stating he did break rules. It’s unclear what their next steps will be in that regard, but it shouldn’t affect Newton’s ability to play against South Carolina on Saturday and possibly against Oregon in January.
Auburn really needs Newton out on the field because he has put together an amazing season of 2,254 passing yards, 1,136 rushing yards, and 42 combined touchdowns for the Tigers offense. He is on the short list to possibly win the 2010 Heisman Trophy award, and the expectation is that he will now be playing in the NFL in 2011.
The Auburn vs. South Carolina game on Saturday, Dec. 4, will decide the 2010 SEC champion.