Earlier today, the new head of college sports said investigations such as that of Auburn quarterback, Cam Newton, should be done as quickly as possible -- as long as the NCAA gets the facts correct.
Newton's father, Cecil, reportedly wanted money from Mississippi State when his son was being recruited.
Although it’s reported that Newton didn’t take any money, the chances of him being eligible for these last few games are a concern for Auburn.
If the NCAA finds Newton at fault and thus ineligible, Auburn may have to give up their wins, and what seemed like a dream season for the Tigers will have turned into a nightmare.
Notably, it might halt Newton’s career and ruin his possible chances as a Heisman candidate and winner.
Newton has done wonders for this year’s Auburn team. After a successful season at Blinn College in which he won a national championship, Newton was recruited by head coach Gene Chizik of Auburn University and transferred.
Newton has led the Auburn Tigers to their current record of 11-0, and their current title of first place in the SEC West. Auburn is also one of four teams to be undefeated at this point and their chances of a championship game are just as good as anyone else’s, as they are ranked second in the BCS polls.
Does Newton deserve his chance at the award due to his talent, despite accusations?
Newton is 197 yards away from breaking the NCAA single season record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. Air Force’s Beau Morgan ran for 1,494 yards in 1996. Newton, with three games remaining, has 1,297 yards.
Newton completed 12-of-15 passing for 148 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and carried 30 times for an additional 151 yards and two scores Saturday in their victory against Georgia.
With the hype around his transfer, his stats, and his team’s record due to his leadership, Newton has all the wow factors of a Heisman candidate and more.
Is it fair that all his hard work might not mean anything if the investigation doesn’t go his way? No, it’s not.
The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in collegiate football. Allow me to stress the word: player.
What exactly does that mean? Player would consist of his persona on the football field…if they wanted to include his persona outside of the stadium realm, then perhaps it should be changed to most outstanding person in collegiate football.
Yes, if the investigation places him in the wrong light, it would show his true colors morally…but to be fair to everyone involved in the process, let’s keep the tradition of awarding the most outstanding player with this prestigious award.
If having a 68.2 percent completion rate for passing, 21 touchdowns, and being yards away from breaking the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback isn’t outstanding, then what is?
If leading your team to be one of four undefeated teams in the NCAA…if leading your school to what could be their eleventh conference title and giving them an opportunity to win their second championship title since 1957, doesn’t help his argument. Then what constitutes an outstanding player?
Give Newton his field time, whether innocent or guilty of accusations, and give him the chance to win the Heisman and the chance to play in the BCS Bowl game. It’s not only what he deserves, but it’s what the fans want.