2011 BCS Championship: Only Sure Bet Is That Auburn Will Forfeit Its Title

Galvin KilroeContributor IIIJanuary 11, 2011

Congratulations Cam Newton
Congratulations Cam NewtonKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Forget about over/under and the spread. The only sure bet in this BCS championship is that Auburn will be forced to forfeit the title down the road. 

Those who took Oregon better hope their bookie has a long-term refund policy after the Tigers' 22-19 victory Monday night in Arizona. Personally, I took Auburn being forced to forfeit this title—broken fingers crossed, I hope it works out.

This title game really legitimizes the concept of amateur student athletes. What better proof than the fact that Cam Newton’s father can admit to trying to profit off his son’s amateur athletic career without repercussions do we need?

It is nice that the media can separate Cecil Newton and be so sympathetic to Cam. He has been praised for his ability to weather the storm and stay focused on the field. Since this may be his paid job for all we know, it is less of an accomplishment than the mainstream media makes it seem.

Congratulations, Auburn Tigers—you have de-legitimized an already-illegitimate league.  The biggest shame in all of this is that this will lead to no reform in the way the NCAA conducts itself.

Since some players have sought payment from teams or agents, why not allow it? For many of the players in the BCS game, getting paid in college would be the biggest windfall of their life, even if most of them are going pro in something else.

It is too early to say how many future doctors, lawyers and veterinarians were on the field tonight, but as a gambling man I would put the over/under at four.

In the same year that Reggie Bush gave back his Heisman, a player whose father tried to extort money for his son’s commitment won the Heisman Trophy.

Maybe Cam actually knew nothing about the fact that his father tried to get money from Mississippi State.

Next year the NCAA should implement a policy that makes players ineligible for at least a season if their family is found guilty of taking benefits from a school, regardless of if they are in on it or not.  This might sound unfair, but since players are not allowed to celebrate a big play, it certainly would not be too strict based on current NCAA rules.

Good luck to all of the legitimate programs; you will never win a BCS title. Tonight we learned that if you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying.