‘Cam Newton suspended’ rumors are setting fire to the internet right now, especially on Twitter where news of Newton getting suspended by Auburn was reported by many different users. The only problem though, was that these Twitter users weren’t presenting their sources, and the information being spread is blatantly false at this time. No, Newton has not been suspended, no matter how many of your Twitter friends are blowing up about the potential. It’s just the latest chapter in the drama surrounding Cam Newton and Auburn, and it certainly had become quite the distraction.
Earlier today it was reported by Joe Schad at ESPN that Newton and his father had been linked to a pay-for-play recruiting scandal, but there has still been nothing announced from the NCAA. There is a rumored Cam Newton NCAA investigation going on right now, but the NCAA does not comment one way or the other while they are interviewing and searching for evidence. The process typically takes quite a while for the NCAA to come down with their findings, and you have to guess that they are investigating any wrong-doing that has been accused in Newton’s recruitment to Auburn as well as his time at the University of Florida.
Yes, the potential exists that the NCAA could find that Newton did something wrong, and that a suspension from Auburn could be coming down the pipeline. There is however no indication that the NCAA is either leaning that way, or plans on making an announcement on this situation any time soon. Newton is still prepping to play as the starting quarterback for Auburn against Georgia this weekend, and there is no reason to expect that he won’t be on the field for the entire game. These latest rumors about Newton getting suspended are nothing more than internet gossip, so don’t be fooled into believing that there is something concrete behind them.
What could end up taking place amid all of this controversy though, is Newton taking a hit in his run for the 2010 Heisman Trophy award. He is one of the supposed front-runners for the award, helping lead his Auburn Tigers to a 10-0 record so far, a No. 2 ranking in the BCS standings, and potentially a shot at the BCS National Championship Game if they can win the Iron Bowl and the 2010 SEC Championship Game. Newton had thrown for 1,890 yards and 19 touchdowns already this year, and has done it against some very stiff competition in the SEC. It would be a real shame if all that was torn down amid controversy, but some college football fans are calling this situation similar to what happened with Reggie Bush at USC.