Cameron Newton Auburn University Scandal: How Has Your Opinion Changed?

Bailey BrautiganFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after an official review showed Newton crossed the end zone after diving for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Cameron Newton is the quarterback for No. 2 Auburn, a team slated to play for the BCS national championship.

Newton is a ridiculous athlete. So far this season he has thrown for 2,038 yards and 21 touchdowns, along with 17 rushing touchdowns just for good measure. He has a 183.58 quarterback rating, and is without a doubt the most valuable player on this Auburn team.

But a dark cloud has been cast over Newton and Auburn University as allegations have surfaced regarding Newton's (alleged) attempts to obtain illegal payment for his commitment to Mississippi State University.

A story which started out as mere hearsay now seems to have some teeth in it as new evidence has been discovered.

So what does this mean for Newton and Auburn?

If the NCAA finds Newton at fault and consequently ineligible, Auburn may have to vacate wins, and what seemed like a dream season for the Tigers will have been for nothing.

But what does this mean for Newton fans?

First of all, I want to say that I am not an Auburn fan. I was born and raised an Ohio State Buckeyes fan, so that is where my loyalty lies. I love Big Ten football and everything that goes with it.

But at the beginning of this college football season, I was assigned a live blog for a game on Thursday night: Auburn at Mississippi State.

And then I became a Cameron Newton fan.(And a Nick Fairley fan, but that's a different story.)

It was hard not to. The kid is fantastic. He's talented, charming and good-looking.

So I started following Newton this season, and he just kept getting better.

And then came this mess with Mississippi State which then brought up matters of academic cheating at the University of Florida, and my opinion...well, it hasn't changed!

Yes, Cameron Newton made mistakes at Florida, but we already knew this.

Yes, if Cecil Newton did play a part in trying to obtain payment from Mississippi State or any other school, he did his son a great disservice.

And yes, if Cameron Newton knew about his father's (alleged) talks with agents and recruiters, he should have put a stop to it.

But that's his dad!

At the age of 20, Newton may have been considered an adult, but he wouldn't be the first 20-year-old in history to listen to a parent!

So, I ask the question again:

What does this mean for Cameron Newton fans?

The answer: Not a whole lot for this fan.

Off-field mistakes aside, Cameron Newton is one hell of a football player, and rules violations cannot take that away.