Take a tip from Cecil Newton and pay the players

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  • jimhale Eugene, OR
    Jan. 11, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    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?

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 11, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    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.