Cam Newton Investigation: Real Question Is What Does the NCAA Know?

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IINovember 9, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 06:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers plays against the Chattanooga Mocs November 6, 2010 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Forget about what you know so far in the Cam Newton investigation.

The real question that no one on either side of this issue is asking is where does the NCAA fit in all of this?

Hello? Have we forgotten about them? We got a bunch of people making claims here and there about Newton that no one seems to be able to prove or disprove yet.

Is it a smear campaign probably, but why should that matter? This is big time college football, this kind of stuff happens ALL the time.

Remember Tennessee and Phillip Fulmer were involved in turning in Alabama to the NCAA. Bama gets probation and Tennessee, who were also involved in recruiting the same player, gets off.

The NCAA didn’t take the allegations seriously back in January, but somewhere between now and then they have reason to believe something is up.

Before anyone says no letter of inquiry has been sent to Auburn, you are correct but what have we learned in the past? The school doesn’t have to be involved for the NCAA to look into allegations.

Boosters, friends, family members, agents, and former coaches ALL have been involved in questionable situations regarding student athletes; this case isn’t any different.

Paul Finebaum and a few other talking heads around the Southeast are all defending Newton, but most of them don’t even know what’s going on and refuse to ask the question that all of us should be asking: What is the NCAA’s role in this?

NCAA did ask for Cecil Newton’s (Cam's Father) financial records and people are quick to point out that he turned them over, but we haven’t heard a pep out of them since.

If there is NOTHING to these stories, wouldn’t it have just gone away by now? Wouldn’t the NCAA have cleared Newton, his family, Auburn, and for that matter Mississippi State?

I’m not saying they won’t be cleared, but why haven’t they?

The bigger question is more so: Why aren’t these questions being asked by the people who say they are in the know?

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