Newton has it all going for him.He is big and he is good. He may be
the best.And he's going to be very rich very soon.And he has a
Pastor for a dad. And that Dad clearly (from confirmed media reports) tried to
shop him to Mississippi State for $180,000+.His dad clearly (from
Newton's interviews) chose Auburn for his son.Cam Newton reportedly
(by SEC-favoring ESPN) called Mississippi State and told them he was
disappointed that in his father had chosen Auburn for him "because the
money was too much". He now denies he said that. Apparently,
the person he spoke to was the Mississippi head coach.I can't find
any media report pinning that coach down on the facts of that call. (Not sure
I'd trust him anyway.)How hard would it be for the Pastor to hide a
$180,000 pay-off routed in dribbles through his church accounts? What was the
Pastor's preferred pay-off method when he was submitting a "pay-off
plan" to Mississippi State? Say maybe $3000 laid into the donation plate
every week for a year?NCAA: Got Answers?
Sorry Tim...though I agree about the BCS hijacking College Football and that the
NCAA is absolutely a Toothless and Clawless Paper Tiger these days... I still
feel that Players still need to walk the gauntlet of amatuerism to pay their
proverbial dues as part of the right of passage. That piece of paper that you
so easily discount is what a College education in actuallity is all about.
Student Athletes on Full Ride Athletic Scholarships get plenty of
compensation...in many cases at a discount... when you compare GPA requirements
to maintain Scholarship status.. A Full Ride Athletic Scholarship isn't much
different than many of the Full ride Army ROTC Scholarships...even GPA wise...
that I have presented during my Military career. But with an Athletic
Scholarship...you don't incur a 6-8 year obligation to serve your
country...after graduation. And if an Athletic Scholarship student doesn't
graduate... he's not obligated to pay it back by serving in the armed forces as
an enlisted person. So don't try to shovel Cecil Newton's illogical viewpoint
as something meritorious or that it has substance. It doesn't.