The Cam Newton NCAA investigation might end badly for Auburn after all. New allegations against Cam Newton’s recruitment and why he came to Auburn instead of Mississippi State have surfaced, and the situation is really starting to devolve for Newton and his family. The newest allegations against the Newtons are that Cameron went to Auburn as part of a pay-for-play agreement that would net him more money than if he had gone to Mississippi State. These are the most damning allegations to surface at this point, but they shouldn’t be confused as being part of the Cam Newton NCAA investigation just yet.
According to ESPN writer Joe Schad, both Auburn quarterback Newton and his father said during phone calls that schools would have to come up with money beyond a scholarship if they wanted to bring him to their school. The allegations come from separate phone calls, and ESPN is citing two different sources who recruit players to come to Mississippi State. After these alleged phone calls took place, the school’s compliance officials were said to then report it to officials of the Southeastern Conference back in January. This is where the NCAA investigation presumably began into the whole recruitment of Newton.
It needs to be made clear that there has been no official statement from the NCAA about their investigation at this point, and if they have made findings already, they are keeping a tight lid on things. The investigation appears to still be ongoing as they gather evidence, but it’s also entirely possible that they have found no evidence of wrong-doing by either Cam Newton or his father. The press reports are indeed starting to stack up against Newton from his time at both the University of Florida and Blinn College, but the NCAA has still taken no action against Newton at Auburn.
None of this is good news for Auburn, and the red flags on Newton just seem to be increasing by the day. This is the same player who was arrested while at the University of Florida for being in possession of a stolen laptop and trying to destroy the evidence. He was then accused of cheating at the University on multiple occasions, leading to him possibly facing disciplinary action, but he transferred out before those hearings could take place. Now Newton is being torn down by these latest allegations and an assumed NCAA investigation that is taking place at the same time. Many claim that this is just a witch hunt, but how much smoke does there have to be before we declare there is a fire here?