With the Reggie Bush controversy finally out of the news, there has been yet another scandal in college football, and it surrounds the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, Cam Newton.
Newton arrived at the University of Florida in 2007, not seeing much time as the backup to Tim Tebow. He was redshirted in 2008 after being sidelined with an ankle injury. Later that year, Cam made the headlines for being in possession of a laptop that was reportedly stolen. He said that he bought the laptop from somebody not knowing it was stolen.
Once Cam got injured, another player from the 2007 class of signings was stepping up: John Brantley. Newton realized that his likelihood of starting was very unlikely, so he transferred to Blinn College with hopes of turning his college career around.
Blinn College is a two-year institution so there was no doubt that Cam Newton would be shopping around for a Division I college where he could make a name for himself. Little did everyone know that Newton was literally shopping around, "allegedly."
Sources have told ESPN.com that a representative for Cam Newton allegedly sought $180,000 in exchange for his commitment to Mississippi State and their football program.
This will affect his value in the race for the Heisman Trophy, as well as tarnish his legacy a bit, putting a question mark on his integrity and future.
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik made it clear that he has no intentions on sitting his all-star player because the allegations don't effect the University. But, some people may say that all of this negativity will impact his draft value or maybe even restrict Newton from being selected in the draft.
This will not happen. Cam Newton is a freak of an athlete that will be of value to some NFL team, especially since the quarterback position is never a secure position. Newton will get his shot with none of this controversy severely impacting his future.