Cam Scam

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:30 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Dec 1, 2010 8:17 PM CDT

&#160;</P>Surely we haven&rsquo;t seen the end of the Cam Newton situation.&#160; Are we to believe that a father and a third-party advisor can bid out the services of a high-profile recruit with neither the recruit nor his solicitors paying a penalty?&#160; Dangerous territory if so.</P>&#160;</P>The NCAA said that the conduct of Cecil Newton was &ldquo;unacceptable and has no place in the SEC or in intercollegiate athletics.&quot;&#160; So, why no penalty?</P>&#160;</P>Let&rsquo;s hope that this is just the beginning of the story.&#160; Perhaps the NCAA backed off and the FBI, which has been involved in investigating an Auburn booster tied to a bribery ring, will get more heavily involved.</P>&#160;</P>The NCAA rulebook is thicker than the concrete that makes up the walls surrounding Jordan-Hare Stadium.&#160; Is it possible that Cecil Newton found a loophole and the NCAA is so embarrassed that it hopes the whole scandal will go away?&#160; Something tells me no.</P>&#160;</P>Either way, bet on another 100 pages of NCAA red tape to be added to that rulebook.&#160; </P>&#160;</P>The only saving grace to Wednesday&rsquo;s announcement was this line, &ldquo;based on the information available to the reinstatement staff at this time.&quot;&#160; That may indicate that later in time they will discover something that warrants a penalty.&#160; </P>&#160;</P>But for now Cam Newton can play against South Carolina, pick up a Heisman Trophy and then win a BCS Championship.&#160; And then later we may all be asked to forget that any of it ever happened.</P>&#160;</P>Wednesday&rsquo;s NCAA ruling leaves me with more questions than answers.&#160; But will we ever get any?&#160; </P>&#160;</P>&#160;</P><BR/>