Theyer Evans, a writer whose motives have already been called into question over a previous article written that was directed at Cam Newton and Auburn University, has written another fascinating piece.
According to this article, Cam Newton was caught cheating academically on multiple occasions.
While this story can hardly be taken seriously after the previous article this writer presented on Cam Newton has been called into question, if this is true, it presents a huge problem.
Academic fraud that is not reported to the NCAA is a huge violation. It is the very same problem that helped lead to the downfall of Bobby Bowden at Florida State and caused the vacation of multiple wins from that program.
If this is true, this would have occurred in a national championship year for the Florida Gators. Cam Newton did participate in at least one game that year.
Going one step farther, it appears that Dan Mullen, the current head coach at Mississippi State, must have known about this issue and yet he was heavily recruiting Cam Newton to Mississippi State.
John Bond and Kenny Rogers, both characters in Mr. Theyer’s first article, are graduates of Mississippi State.
While this is another case of something that has nothing to do with Cam Newton this year or his bid for the Heisman in 2010, it could mean that the 2008 national championship at Florida has been thrown under a dark cloud of suspicion.
Did Urban Meyer condone and overlook instances of academic fraud like this?
Is Dan Mullen bringing an environment to Mississippi State that will allow and condone such shady behavior by athletes?
Of course, this could well turn out to be another article of questionable origin, but it would appear the NCAA needs to take a close look into both Florida and Mississippi State and the academic standards they are holding their athletes to.
Theyer Evans has been rumored to have close ties with Urban Meyer; many have even called him a mouth piece for the Florida head coach. If Urban Meyer is his source for this article, it would appear that Florida has a problem that must be looked into.
The NCAA needs to look into this issue quickly and make sure the amateur status of the athletes at these universities promotes the proper academic goals. Do we really want to have players in college football that are allowed to get away with academic fraud as long as they score touchdowns on Saturday?
While it appears Newton has gotten a handle on his life and has turned his future around. How many more athletes in these programs might have their priorities out of focus due to an improper environment in the athletic program?
While none of this is likely true, it is a matter the NCAA must move swiftly upon.
The contents of Mr. Theyer's article describes NCAA violations that strike at the very core of the definition of amateurism in college athletics.