Ranked second in the BCS polls, with a 9-0 record, people would think Auburn University is sitting pretty with only three games left in their regular season.
However, with every good thing that happens in life, five bad things usually follow. Earlier today, Quarterback Cameron Newton’s eligibility was quickly put into question when allegations arose. During the height of star quarterback Cameron Newton's recruitment out of junior college last year, an agent's representative allegedly was soliciting a six-figure payment to secure his signature on a national letter-of-intent.
If the investigation finds true to the accusations, Cameron could be found without a jersey anytime during these last few weeks, but more importantly, Auburn could be without their currently first place quarterback in the Heisman Watch, which could lead to their overall dropped ranking in the polls, too.
The fact that these reports have been released nearly a year after the events, it’ll still have an impact on the player and team.
For starters, this information is jeopardizing Newton’s future in football and damaging his integrity as a player. He might not only be suspended from the team, but in doing so, his numbers in the Heisman watch will surely decrease, despite the fact that his possible off-field decisions have nothing to do with his talent on the field.
We saw something similar earlier this year with Reggie Bush Bush. Bush won numerous collegiate awards, including the 2005 Heisman Trophy. But allegations that he received improper benefits were central to a controversy surrounding the USC program that led to severe NCAA sanctions against USC, including a two-year postseason ban, the loss of football scholarships and the vacating of wins in the 2004-05 championship season.
Since the NCAA also retroactively stripped Bush of his eligibility, the status of the many awards he won in 2005 is in question. In September, Bush gave up his Heisman Trophy. Many claim that Bush may not have the award with him physically, but memories will still give him the title of the 2005 Heisman Winner. If things don’t fall in Newton’s favor, he could be placed in the same negative light through the media.
More importantly, the threat of Auburn potentially losing their star quarterback is an even bigger issue.
So far this year, he has thrown for a total of 1573 yards and 15 touchdowns. He leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing, his passing skills guided the Tigers to a win at Ole Miss last weekend and it's clear the Heisman Trophy is his to lose.
The spectacle has made Newton perhaps the most discussed player in college ball. Newton is more important to his team than any other Heisman candidate. Without Newton, Auburn would be a winning team, but nowhere near national title contention. With Newton, the Tigers appear unstoppable.
As the investigation begins, nerves and tension levels will be at an all time high at Auburn.
Will Newton be found guilty for the accusations? Will he be forced to sit out for the remainder of the season? Will Auburn get their shot at the big game under the lights?
It’s all too soon to tell, but for the sake of his talent and the fact that he deserves to win the Heisman and have a chance at playing in the BCS Bowl Game, let’s hope this nonsense gets swept under the rug and forgotten.