NCAA: Newton eligible to play

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INDIANAPOLIS  - Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is eligible to play in the SEC title game, even though the NCAA says his father broke rules by shopping his son to another school.

The NCAA released its finding in a statement on Wednesday. The college sports governing body had concluded on Monday that a violation of Newton's amateur status had occurred. Auburn declared Newton ineligible on Tuesday and requested his eligibility be reinstated.

Newton has now been cleared to compete without conditions.

No. 2 Auburn plays South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Saturday. With a victory, the Tigers will earn a spot in the BCS national title game.

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Sandpiper 12/01/10 - 03:20 pm
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This is good news for Newton.

This is good news for Newton. If there's another decision to be made, it should happen the day before the Heisman is awarded.

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Just My Opinion 12/01/10 - 03:50 pm
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This is from the NCAA bylaws

This is from the NCAA bylaws concerning student-athletes....14.01.3.2 Financial Aid. 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 studentathlete shall be ineligible for competition in any intercollegiate sport within the Conference for the remainder of his/her college career.
I mean, I just don't understand why the NCAA has allowed this to happen, mainly because it basically opens up a HUGE loophole for parents, or whoever, to shop student-athletes to colleges for big money, but make sure the S-A acts like he doesn't know anything! Okay, it's apparently done, and it sure looks like Auburn did the right thing by keeping Newton in all those games. I usually don't think things like this are always involved in a conspiracy, but it sure looks like South Carolina might get screwed out of the SECC game! The only thing Carolina can do, to keep the possibly-tainted refs' flags from taking the game away from them, is to score many, many clean TDs! If I was an Auburn fan, I would be....oh, to heck with it! Let'em play the game and see what happens. Carolina fans, hopefully this will light a fire under your team...after all, the game still has to be played, because you sure aren't going to GIVE them the game and the title!

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Pizzaguy 12/01/10 - 03:54 pm
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Everybody condemned this poor

Everybody condemned this poor kid without any solid proof. Now there are so many lies and half-truths floating around, people believe what they want to believe. He is a good kid and a GREAT athlete. To all the haters out there, don't be such a sore loser.....

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Just My Opinion 12/01/10 - 04:15 pm
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Pizza, let's forget all this

Pizza, let's forget all this Auburn stuff right now, okay? I have to ask you, does a good kid steal or buy a laptop computer that is known to be stolen and then throws it out the window when the cops come looking for it? Does a good kid steal another student's paper and then turns it in as his own? Does a good kid download a paper off the internet and then turns it in as his own? Those were the infractions that occurred while Newton was at Florida and those were the infractions that he was scheduled to defend himself against a school tribunal. But, instead, this good kid decided that he should just drop out of Florida and go to a small college for a year, rather than be kicked out. Look, I'm NOT saying that this guy isn't a good player...he's very good...but don't make him out to be a choir boy! He's made several mistakes, so these ACCUSATIONS (admittedly not proven) are not a surprise due to his character "flaws". If Auburn wins the SECC and the national championship game, I will not be a hater because I will know that his ABILITY helped Auburn win it, not his character.

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followthemoney 12/01/10 - 10:34 pm
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This is not even close to

This is not even close to being over. The FBI is involved because of the money that may have been transferred across state lines.

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