The NCAA didn't exactly win many friends with their decision on Cam Newton the other day, not that they had friends to begin with these days. Who is ticked off by all of this? It not just SEC foes who are angry, but officials from Big 10 and Pac 10, college football experts and former football coaches all seem to be questioning what in the world was the NCAA thinking?
However, you have to see it from their point of view. They couldn't find anything, but they must have found something because they pretty much called Cecil Newton out for shopping around his son, but if the son or the school didn't know what really do they have, other then a scum bag daddy?
We all knew pretty much from the get go this was a Cecil Newton thing and it was becoming quite obvious that he was behind all this mess, but I guess what has pissed a lot of people off is the contradiction. A lot of people feel that the NCAA and the SEC has let Auburn get away with cheating, but is it cheating if nothing was really found?
AJ Green was suspended for four games for being "caught" for selling his jersey. Marcell Dareus was "caught" going to an agent's party and he sat out two games this season. The NCAA basically "caught" Cecil Newton selling his son to the highest bidder, unlike the Green and Dareus cases, the student-athlete nor the school was punished and that's why people are upset.
How can you punish these schools and not punish Cam Newton and Auburn? USC is asking the same question today. Reggie Bush wasn't supposedly involved with his parents dirty deeds neither was USC (at least not with the Bush case), but guess who got punished?
Now, it seems that Auburn got away. The NCAA has a tendency to come back and reverse their decisions, so don't be surprised that in the public realm this maybe over, but maybe not behind closed doors.
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