Let's beat this horse some more, shall we. I will start with this SEC by-law:
“If at any time before or after matriculation in a member institution a student-athlete or any member of his/her family receives or agrees to receive, directly or indirectly, any aid or assistance beyond or in addition to that permitted by the Bylaws of this Conference (except such aid or assistance as such student-athlete may receive from those persons on whom the student is naturally or legally dependent for support), such student-athlete shall be ineligible for competition in any intercollegiate sport within the Conference for the remainder of his/her college career.”
So why in the name of God, has Cam Newton been declared "eligible." Yes, I have read all the articles, blogs, comments, and bickering from everyone; I know there is no proof that Cam knew about his father's dealings, and Cecil Newton denies any wrong doing but the NCAA has said otherwise. The NCAA said that Cecil Newton "Broke the rules by asking for money". And by definition, he agreed to take money. If I go to my brother, and ask him for five dollars, I have just "agreed" to take the money, right? I mean, if I didn't want the money, I wouldn't have asked in the first place.
Just because the person being asked says "No", doesn't mean that I did not agree to take the money.
Speaking of the money, where is it, and who paid it? The reports that we have all been reading for over a month now said that Cam really wanted to attend Mississippi State; his father Cecil is the one who chose Auburn University. Additionally, there were several reports that Cameron called recruiters at Mississippi State to tell them Cecil had chosen Auburn because "the money was too much..."
NCAA, you have screwed this one up big time. First of all, what the hell took so long? This was made known in January, long before the start of the 2010 season. Picture this: you are one of the best athletes in the country, your father, knowing this decides to sell your sound athletic services to the highest bidder. But you being a college educated, smart young man, know nothing of it? Come on!
SEC, I am truly disappointed. Mike Slive promised to "Clean up the Surely Everyone Cheats conference..." when he became the leagues commissioner. Nice Job Mike!
A set of SEC bylaws were clearly broken, and no one is doing anything about it.
I have no doubt that the Auburn faithful are gonna let me have it on this one, but this how I interpret what the bylaw says. I am not saying Cam was paid, I am not even saying Cecil was paid, but he tried to be, and being Cam's father, makes him a member of a student athletes family, who agreed to obtain money for his son's commitment to an SEC school, therefore making Cameron Newton INELIGIBLE!
I rest my case.