More Bad Press for Cam Newton as Tigers Prepare to Clinch SEC West

Eric LewisContributor INovember 9, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 6:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers yells after running for a touchdown against the Chattanooga Mocs November 6, 2010 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Late Monday evening, FOX Sports released more negative press concerning Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. The most recent attempt to hurt the Heisman hopeful is in regards to a cheating scandal while Newton was at the University of Florida.

FOX has reported that Cam Newton cheated on three separate occasions while he was a student athlete at the University of Florida and left Florida because he faced possible expulsion.

The writer of the article, Thayer Evans, claims to have received this information from an unnamed source.

Is that unnamed source Urban Meyer, or possibly someone on his staff?

Was Urban Meyer present during a conversation between Jon Bond and Kenny Rogers? 

Jon Bond recently denied that a phone call took place between the three men. However, no one asked him if the conversation took place in person. I don't believe there was a conspiracy between Mississippi State and Florida to go after Cam Newton. But on the other hand, I know how people can be, and I believe someone at one of those schools, maybe both, is behind the majority of this.

We do know that Jon Bond released a statement through his attorney, and in that statement, Bond states that he was told by the Mississippi State athletic department that Mississippi State would continue to recruit Cam Newton.

In Tuesday's edition of the Birmingham News, Kevin Scarbinsky makes a very valid point about this very topic. Why would Mississippi State continue to recruit Newton amongst allegations that may have been true in regards to Kenny Rogers?

"If there were a possibility that the quarterback was being pimped by a third party, why risk signing a player who later could be declared ineligible," writes Scarbinsky. "Maybe it's because State didn't trust (Kenny) Rogers but did trust Newton and his family."

In my opinion, that is the most intelligent thing that anyone has written on this matter so far.

Let's face it: No one at Florida wants Cam Newton to win the Heisman at Auburn. From what I have heard about Mississippi State head coach, Dan Mullen, I believe he may be the type of man who would pull for Cam to win the Heisman, regardless as to what may have happened in the past. Unfortunately, there are probably some "sore loser" Bulldogs who don't want Cam Newton to win a prize from a Cracker Jack box.

There has been a lot of negative talk about Cam Newton lately, and absolutely none of it is in regards to his present situation at Auburn. What Cam Newton is doing at Auburn should be the news of the day. Unfortunately, the news of the day is about what Cam may have done two years ago.

If Cam Newton cheated while at the University of Florida, it was wrong. Cheating is wrong. The real crux of the matter is not whether or not it was wrong or right, though. It was two years ago and it should not matter one iota to what is going on in college football today.

Cam Newton may have made some mistakes while he was at Florida, but he paid the price. Not too long ago, an article was released by a Sports Illustrated writer quoting Cam Newton as saying that his heart was still at Florida because of all of the relationships he built there.

That one bit of information tells the whole story. Newton has regrets. He knows he did some things wrong, and as a result, he ended up leaving the school where he wanted to make a name for himself.

In the last week, has anyone given any thought about what transpired in Cam Newton's life while he was at Blinn Community College? Can you imagine this gifted athlete having to humble himself every day in order to put himself back on the right track?

On Saturday, Auburn hosts Georgia in what will be the biggest game of the year to date. Some may argue with me on that, but a victory against Georgia will clinch the SEC West, and that is big. It took big wins to get here, but now the biggest game of the year is at hand.

Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green must be shut down by the defensive linemen. That's right, I said the defensive lineman.

Highly decorated lineman Nick Fairley and the Auburn defensive line must put pressure on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. Constant pressure by the defensive line will bring much needed assistance to Auburn's defensive secondary and will effectively shut down Georgia's ability to strike quickly.

When Auburn has the ball, what else needs to be said but Cam Newton. His ability to lead the team down the field and score is phenomenal. Newton makes smart decisions on the football field and he attacks the opposing defense where it is weakest.

I expect the Tigers to implement a similar game plan to the one that was used to defeat LSU.

The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked 15th in the nation in total defense. Georgia's defense may be more efficient at stopping the run. Their rushing defense ranks 13th in the nation, but the Bulldogs rank 37th at shutting down another team's ability to pass.

Fortunately for Auburn, quarterback Cam Newton can do it all.

In my mind, those people responsible for leaking all of this negative press have not proved anything. Perhaps they have proved that Cam Newton made some mistakes while he was at Florida, but didn't we already know that before the season started?

Those who vote for the Heisman Trophy should not factor in Cam Newton's time at Florida for what he is doing in 2010 at Auburn. Those are two separate matters.

Let him play. Leave him alone. If he is doing anything wrong at present, it will come to light.

Since Cam Newton has been at Auburn, the only thing that has come to light, in my opinion, is the fact that he should be the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award.

At this time, it is imperative for the Auburn football team to concentrate on a victory against Georgia. Led by a confident and dedicated coach, I expect to see a confident and dedicated Auburn football team on Saturday.


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