If a team were to go to a BCS bowl and then have their wins vacated would the school still get to keep all of the bowl money or would they have to give it back? I suppose they'd get to keep it, but this issue underscores the need to get this thing sorted out quickly.
There is certainly a lot of smoke around here, but so far there's no hard evidence to rule him ineligible just yet.
I think the point that should be magnified here is nearly any other school in the same position would've held out Cam Newton until the issue was resolved. The reason why Auburn is taking heat is because this isn't the first time they've been swept up in cheating scandals and they have a very well-orchestrated booster club who is rumored to be the strongarm of the athletic department (specifically Bobby Lowder). The NCAA, SEC, Auburn and the BCS all have a vested interest in resolving this without receiving a black eye. I think the only issue now is which organization suffers the black eye? There is some serious power-brokering going on behind closed doors to ensure that collateral damage does not mark up the NCAA in the wake of Reggie Bush. I will never cheer for Alabama, but I must admit I'm conflicted about this years' Iron Bowl.
And really, we have Rogers' word and that is it. He claims that Newton requested $$$ from MSU coaches and Bill Bell. Rogers also isn't aware of any request to any other school. So how in tune was Rogers with twhat was goign on and how much was he representing Newton? FWIW- there are a lot of holes in Roger's story. First he did nothing. Then he did everything. Then he made the call to Bill Bell..oh wait, Newtons dad made the call to Bill Bell. Roger's story keeps changing every day.
I am not saying I believe nothig happened. just saying the NCAA and auburn can't/shouldn't do anything until that have factual evidence other than heresay. If they do, they risk a lawsuit
The NCAA will borrow a page from the University of Iowa's playbook and wait until after the season is over and Auburn has won the national title before they make a decision.
The NCAA will then rule that Newton is retroactively ineligible, Auburn is stripped of their national title, the program is put on probation for four years, and the records books are changed to reflect that Auburn's record for the 2010 season is now 0-14.
I'm having troubles coming up with a proper anology. All I can think of is that it's like telling someone who just made love to the most beautiful woman in the world that he must now strike that experience from his memory, and his friends will not be permitted to make love to beautiful women for the next four years.
Strange anology, but you get the idea.
The Newton's look stupid because they have all said far too much, Rogers looks stupid because he let the cat out of the bag, the SEC looks stupid because for years they have turned a relatively blind eye to the dirty world of recruiting in the conference, the NCAA looks stupid because they have done absolutely nothing to clear this up and most likely won't until after the season which will pretty much ruin an entire season of college football for multiple teams (Oregon, Boise State, TCU, LSU, etc.... all teams that could have their seasons ruined based on how Auburn finishes the season while playing a kid that will most likely be ruled ineligible anyway), and Auburn looks incredibly stupid as well.
Then we find out later that Miss. State and those associated with them just made everything up and Cam was innocent of what they had charged him with.
What is the proper recourse then???
Dang. What do you call it when a Chizz chizzes himself? A Chizz sandwich?