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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Cam Newton allegations complicate the Heisman Trophy process

By Cindy Boren

Finally, someone is using the "S" word in connection with the whole play-for-pay scheme that is allegedly involving Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his father, Cecil.

Doug Zeit, a lawyer for Kenny Rogers, said it was "a stupid decision" for his client to send a fellow Mississippi State booster a text of Cecil Newton's payment plan, a plan that would ensure that his son committed to play for the Bulldogs.

"I'm not even sure Kenny completely understands why he did it," Zeit told the Associated Press. "The best I can tell you is Cecil Newton made a few calls insisting that he do it, so Kenny went ahead and sent the text message."

Zeit confirmed Rogers sent the text to Bill Bell requesting $80,000 the day after Cam Newton signed with MSU, $50,000 30 days later and another $50,000 30 days after that. Zeit said no money was exchanged.

"I can't tell you what Cecil Newton was thinking," Zeit said. "What I do know is he told Kenny Rogers that it would take $180,000 to sign his son, and he told him 'This is how I want it done.' "

George Lawson, the Newtons' lawyer, told an Atlanta TV station that he is "one million percent" certain Cam Newton took no money and that, if Cecil Newton discussed money, his son "knew nothing" about it.

Of course, Cam Newton signed with Auburn and now has irretrievably ratcheted up the matter by becoming the best player in college football and the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.

Where does this leave Heisman voters, most of whom are members of the media (The Post's policy prohibits participation)? Ballots were "mailed" (so quaint that they're trying to help the Post Office make ends meet) to the 925 Heisman voters on Monday and the deadline for voting is Dec. 6. It would be delightfully simple if the investigation into this murky matter were concluded by then, but there's no way, at least on this planet, that that happens. No doubt voters will wait til the last possible moment and submit their votes online.

"As long as Cam Newton is eligible to play, he gets my full consideration," John Hunt, a Heisman voter from The Oregonian, told the New York Times. "And if the season were to end right now, he'd get my No. 1 vote. The Heisman Trust can take away a trophy, but as voters, we're not in that business."

By Cindy Boren  | November 19, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
Categories:  College football  
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Do ethics and character play no part of the Heisman trophy consideration? Does that fact that this Heisman candidate was facing possible expulsion from the University of Florida for academic cheating (3 times) when he transferred to junior college in the spring of 2009, In addition, this Heisman candidate was also busted for possessing a "Stolen" laptop! Yes, this kid is probably the best college football player this year but I disagree with rewarding his bad behavior off the field. A Heisman candidates' character and integity should be a contributing factor. We can't continue to tarnish this prized trophy!

Posted by: terryedwards74 | November 19, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Glad you never did anything wrong when you were 19.

Posted by: TillmanReverse | November 19, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

And we should believe Kenny Rogers because?
Rogers story has changed so many times, yet any reporting of his statements never take into question his credibility. Remember when he said in a radio interview that Cecil Newton discussed money with 2 coaches from MSU? Why has no one interviewed the coaches to find out if they confirm if Roger's is telling the truth or lying. In Roger's text to Bill Bell, stored on the phone that just happens to be water damaged, Roger's CLAIMS to represent the Newtons. Roger's also CLAIMED to represent the NFL players association when talking to potential recruits and is currently under investigation by the NFLPA. This does not prove that Newton didn't ask for money, but the cloud hanging over the head of the individual making the claims is much larger and darker than the one over Newton

Posted by: GoodandWelfare | November 19, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Tiny little problem: terryedwards74 wants voters to decide on the basis of allegations that have not actually been proven. The stolen laptop incident--the only thing actually admitted as true-was resolved with charges being dropped. Newton was suspended, then reinstated to the Gator team after taking part in a pretrial diversion program. So, that has been resolved, and Newton "rehabilitated" with his year at Blinn.

A lone Fox Sports reporter in Texas, who seems to have it out for Newton, dredged up the cheating allegations from "a source." Nothing more is said about this "source" so there is no way to judge how credible it is.

The Houston Chronicle investigated, contacting Blinn College officials (where Newton went after Florida) who did give their names and said they would never had played Newton if he was ineligible at Florida. See

The rest of the stuff is mid-investigation by the NCAA with Cam Newton denying it all.

There is no question Newton is the best college player this year. There is a question where the allegations are true. If I were a voter I would vote for him as the trophy can be taken away, but it can't be given later if the NCAA clears him.

Posted by: ScoutieDog | November 19, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

You people talk about character playing a part in being chosen but why is Cam's name the only one coming up. LaMichael James was arrest last Februaury for Domestic Violence. He beat his girlfriend! If your going to call out one person you need to call out others too!

Posted by: becca812 | November 19, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Justin Blackmon was arrested for a DUI! Like I said before you can't just call out one!

Posted by: becca812 | November 19, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Why, with all these allegations does no one report the truth? See article below..this is the Cam Newton that Auburn knows!

Posted by: tjcdjc | November 19, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Cam has exceptional talent on the football field and he is also a positive role model off the field. I have no doubt that he deserves the Heisman Trophy.

Watch the youtube video, "AU Football: Every Day... Cam Newton Mentors Kids(Ep. 8)":

Posted by: BlueMoon1 | November 19, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, that last link didn't work - just plug the title I gave earlier into YouTube's search engine, or try this link instead:

Posted by: BlueMoon1 | November 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

What's all the fuss? The Heisman people didn't take away Reggie Bush's trophy, Bush gave it back after he landed a job and huge paycheck. The trophy doesn't mean anything but a payroll boost to the reciepent. Give the Newtons the bucks, and the trophy. Sports are what matters, not the other stuff.

Posted by: llrllr | November 19, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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