Following the 1920 landmark ruling by a Federal Grand Jury, eight members of the Chicago White Sox had thrown the 1919 World Series. The following was heard.
"It ain't true, is it, Joe?"
"Yes, kid, I'm afraid it is," Jackson replied.
The boys opened a path for the ball player and stood in silence until he passed out of sight.
"Well, I'd never have thought it," sighed the boy.
The immortal words exchanged between a devastated young boy and his idol "Shoeless" Joe Jackson as he was escorted by Sheriff's from the Chicago Federal Courthouse in 1920.
Fast forward to 2010 and a magical season on "The Plains" of Auburn is teetering on the verge of disaster amidst allegations, rumors, jealousy and innuendo that Cam Newton's very own father, Cecil had solicited his son's services to the highest bidder?
It's been eight long days and the fear is creeping in many Tiger fans minds. From ordering BCS Championship tickets to admitting now, "I am truly obsessed with proving Cam Newton's innocence."
To whom I have raved about as being the best college football player I have ever seen, please don't make me mutter the words:
"It ain't true, is it, Cam?"
A sordid tale has begun to spin out of control and the underlying theme at this point is Cecil Newton solicited money from Mississippi State boosters to secure his son's signature to play Quarterback in Starkville.
Something that registers deceptively odd is the finger pointing, unnamed sources, division and then denials of former MSU teammates and now popular hiring of lawyers. Who are these individuals at play here with the livelihood of a 21-year-old student athlete and millions of fans in the balance of a manic meltdown.
Who is not on the radar yet? Who is Auburn's rogue booster?
Does he exist or is this just a pile of crap linked to jealousy and revenge of the MSU staff?
Sadly, logic tells me that this is going to get worst before it ever gets better but I been resisting the reality of perception for eight days and now clearer than ever I can see the good old boy system resurrecting again.
Initially John Bond a former MSU legend now turned program lap dog leaked to ESPN on the insistence of Dan Mullen that Cecil Newton had solicited funds from the program. Initially Bond told ESPN that former teammate and "gopher boy" had worked the deal to ensure Cam Newton would sign but it would cost at a minimum $180K.
Now remember this is backyard Mississippi and Kenny Rogers you aren't in the "in group." Bill Bell and John Bond are white and you are black and they willing to roll on you to save their Alma Mater, shocker I bet.
Times have changed but really nothing has changed since back in the day. Like Kenny Rogers said during his interview with ESPN Dallas radio on November 11 2010, paraphrased, "Those damn white boys are lying on me!"
Yes they are using you Kenny Rogers as the scapegoat. The alleged broken deal probably cost Kenny approximately $80K.
I want to know what two MSU coaches are in question of when Cecil allegedly told them that it was going to take more than just a scholarship. Did the Newton family solicit pay for play from Oklahoma or Tennessee? Of course both coaches deny that ever occurred.
All Kenny Rogers is doing is clearing the record which basically means “I ain’t going down alone. I didn’t make this up!” The Newton’s are playing dumb and after eight days, Kenny got tired of fielding death threats and “you dumb ass” looks from family and friends.
Where is the evidence? Who is in charge of this investigation and why is it just now coming to light? Did MSU take their time and fail to answer questions in a timely manner simply to get their story straight?
Clearly I don’t trust former athletes turned program lapdogs and the rednecks in Starkville are as shady as ever but what if Auburn is too? What if Gene Chizik and Jay Jacobs had wool pulled over their eyes by the magic of this season?
The more information that comes out in this ordeal the less respect I have for all parties involved; from the top down beginning with the all mighty NCAA and the suddenly aloof Office of the SEC but most of all, Cecil Newton I pray it’s not true.
Please don't make me mutter the words:
“Cecil, say it ain’t so, it ain’t so, right?”
Cause this one might hurt...hurt for a really long time.