Auburn Football: What is the Skinny on this Cameron Newton Smear Campaign?

Kevin McGradySenior Writer INovember 5, 2010

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates with the fans after their 24-17 over the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Some said that there was no basis for this article that was published previously.

Most fans likely realize exactly what this article was alluding to at this point. Fans and supporters of the Auburn athletic program have become jaded to being used as a defenseless target for the media.

Auburn has next to no local media support, and this fact makes them an easy target for sensationalist attacks. Writers of such stories have very little chance of being called out and scrutinized by a skeptical media like they would by targeting most programs.

This is also the case with this piece of journalism that was released by This is an old story that came out during Cameron Newton’s recruitment months ago. Sources at ESPN have stated that, for some reason, this case only began to be investigated within the last month.

This is misleading and begs to be corrected.

NCAA investigators have investigated this incident from the Mississippi State end some time ago. It is true that only recently was Cameron Newton’s father asked for financial documents to prove his statement that no money was forthcoming the Newton family as a result of Cameron Newton’s recruitment.

In fact, Greg Byrne was still the athletic director at Mississippi State when this was reported and the wheels of NCAA justices began to turn.

Understandably, Cecil Newton, Cameron’s father, has grown wary of the constant smear attacks pointed at his family. It would appear that this has spread to the Auburn athletic program at this point.

Many sources have linked Urban Meyer to the reporting of this to the media at this particular opportunistic moment. In several reports, Dan Mullen, Urban Meyer and John Bond were mentioned as having had a conversation that led to this being leaked to a known Urban Meyer contact from the New York Times.

At this point, we know that Cameron Newton is eligible to play football. We know the NCAA is still investigating Kenny Rogers and his Mississippi State connection months after the original incident was reported.

We know that the money to renovate Cecil Newton’s church was raised months before Newton’s commitment to Auburn.

There is little doubt that this report has devastated Cameron Newton’s chances in the Heisman race. This will also have some negative effect in the human polls for the Auburn football team.

Can Newton and the Tigers overcome this unexpected, harmful bludgeoning? Fans will find out in the coming weeks.