Newton ruling: What’s not being said
Cam Newton has been ruled eligible to play while Auburn continues its quest for a national championship. I’m happy for the kid and his program, but disappointed in the NCAA’s lack of consistency and ability to pull doctrine from its ass whenever it suits the purpose.
It was just weeks ago that the allegations of a pay-for-play plan implemented by Cecil Newton first surfaced. It captured the headlines, and programs either slapped by the NCAA’s heavy hand or awaiting treatment remained attentive to the daily updates from the deep south.
With red flags flying high above the big top of Jordan-Hare, it was a calling to send in the clowns, to which the NCAA obliged. Having all but wrapped up an investigation in Chapel Hill, personnel was quickly transferred to the headlining SEC. The Newtons were placed on the fast track, along with Auburn, Mississippi State, and non-Grammy winning Kenny Rogers. And just one day after the Heisman frontrunning quarterback was quietly determined to be ineligible while probing continued, the committee announced its ruling.
The determination, in not so many words, was that if the kid didn’t know about his fathers actions, then the kid can play. And in even fewer words, I say—-Bullshit.
What’s most irritating isn’t the supposed lack of knowledge. It’s the lack of consistency and the
punishment slap on the wrist given to Cecil Newton. Soliciting pay-for-play is a violation, and one would think the most severe. It was established that Cecil attempted to sell his son like a $180,000 lap dance to a Mississippi trucker, but the consequence for that infraction is to limit the amount of contact the elder Newton has with Auburn, and the disassociation of Kenny Rogers from Mississippi State.
I doubt Cecil Newton was having tea and crumpets with the athletic department on Sundays, and unless there’s a younger fruit ripening on the family tree, limiting contact will have no effect on the preacher’s life. Also, seeing that Rogers came forward on his own and sang like a bird, it’s safe to say he had voluntarily disassociated himself from the cow bell dingers months ago. That leaves “no harm, no foul”, and life goes on as usual.—unless Cecil did receive a hefty payment, making it a little better.
Song of the Day: God is trying to tell you something~The Color Purple
Southern California’s new athletic director reacted to the ruling with these words:
“In the Reggie Bush case, when the parent [did] something inappropriate the kid and the school suffered,” Haden said.
This is formal AD Jibberish, which translates to—“What the Fuck?!”
Knowledge was the key to the sanctions imposed on USC. Although the school stood by it’s claim that it didn’t know of any transactions and agreements between the Bush family and an agent 100 miles south of campus, the NCAA basically said it was expected to. In connecting the said knowledge to the violation, the NCAA used a photograph and a phone call, and it was hammer-time!
Eleven months later, a son can say he had no knowledge of his father’s solicitation, and it ends at that. One athletic department was expected to know what the Bush family ate for dinner each night, and with a picture and phone number, they became guests for supper. Cam Newton was able to sit at his parents table, serving himself and asking that they pass the peas. But when asked what his father feasted on, he is clueless, and that is acceptable.—Yeah. Chew on that.
“I was always told the parent is the child,” Haden said. “That’s what we’ve been telling our kids. If the parent does something inappropriate the child suffers the consequences.”
This isn’t a concept that Haden concocted on his own. It’s basically a repeat of the ruling against USC, as told by the NCAA.
The inconsistency of yesterday’s ruling is pointed out by Brooks in a comparison to Arizona basketball in ’95 and Pac 10 player of the year Damon Stoudemire. ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski reacts to the NCAA giving a free pass to violators of the most severe infraction. And Yahoo Sports, which pushed more than any other media source for an NCAA investigation and discipline of USC, writes of a Pandora’s box now opened by the entity in charge of rules and enforcement.
The NCAA knew it was opening a can of worms when it placed new emphasis on enforcement. What it didn’t know was how often or how many megadriles would be propelled. You can’t sanction everyone and still sell the product as legit. So after the initial surge of enforcement, the NCAA finds itself backpeddling in embarrassment, attempting to revert back to the” hardly seen and seldom heard role” of years past. It’s too late. A nation is watching, and it is just as confused as I am.
You can call me bitter, but you can’t call me blind.