Cam Newton Scandal: Auburn's Silence an Attempt To Avoid Suspension?

Jimmy ChenContributor INovember 27, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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One day after Auburn's improbable comeback at Iron Bowl 75, the national witch-hunt machine is back at work.  Never mind that a full 24 hours have yet to pass, or that game's schedule on Saturday has yet to conclude, flamers with megaphone are all fired up.

Our favorite witch-hunter at FoxSports, Thayer Evans, started parroting his old and tired talking point, that somehow Auburn's continued refusal to talk about the NCAA investigation or make Cam Newton available means Auburn has something to hide.

So here are a few questions for you, Mr. Evans:

Are you illiterate?  Or just an idiot?

As I've stressed over and over again, in both my articles on the NCAA and SEC rules,  there is nothing whatsoever that the NCAA or SEC can do to punish Cam Newton, and that both Auburn and the SEC have no reason to suspend Cam Newton, even if we assumed all negative rumors, from sources both named and unnamed, as facts.

Then why, you might wonder, won't Auburn comment on the issue or allow Cam to speak to the media?

For everyone else with a sliver of comprehension ability, here's my explanation:

The only way SEC and the NCAA can suspend Cam Newton at this time is if he talked to the media about this investigation.

You heard it right.  The only thing that can be used against him, is if he tries to speak for himself.

I've already written about this in my SEC Constitution article, but for those not used to reading long and boring law analysis, here's the short version:

When an investigation into a possible infraction is going on, NCAA requires any and everyone under its thumb to keep quiet about it.  If you can't shut up, it results in a rule violation, and NCAA and/or the school's respective conference can suspend you if they want.

It's the same way that schools, coaches, and players are not supposed to speak about officiating to the media.  If you bad mouth about officiating, chances are that you might be suspended for next few games.

Back to the Cam Newton situation. 

Whatever reasons Auburn officials and coaches have for not suspending Cam, they can't talk about it.  It doesn't matter how much or how strong they think their case is.  Even if they believe the same thing as I've mentioned over and over again, that there is neither rule nor ground for anyone to suspend Cam Newton.

If Coach Chizik explains anything at all, he could be suspended for the next few games.  

If Director Jacobs explains anything at all, Auburn could be hit with sanctions.

If Cam Newton explains anything at all, it would achieve exactly the thing Auburn has been trying to avoid, which is suspension for the Auburn Tigers QB.

So tell me again, who in their right mind at Auburn would allow Cam to speak to the witch-hunters?