“Cam Newton is not eligible to play at Auburn!”
That’s what a friend told me last Thursday as we were waiting at a gas station. Of course she immediately followed with “Just kidding,” but apparently there are some people out there who aren’t kidding. They’re trying instead to ruin a young man’s life. Cam has had an extremely good year so far, and even though I’ll be the last person to say Auburn is a one man team, I don’t think we would be were we are without him. So are these accusation about money and cheating coming out now because someone is jealous, or is there a chance that they may actually be true?
I’ll tell you what I think, but not before we look at what’s been happening…
After the Ole Miss game, my wife asked me what was wrong with Cam during the first half. I was at the game, and as many people know who attend college football games, it’s really hard to actually see the expressions on the players faces from the stands, so I actually didn’t notice a thing. She told me, however, that the entire first half Cam wasn’t smiling, and didn’t seem to be himself. It was almost as if something had gotten to him, and had him bothered. It still didn’t effect his playing though.
Fast forward to Thursday. Some guy comes out and says another guy told Mississippi St. they would have to pay a bunch of money to get Cam to play for them. Almost immediately Cam, his family, and Auburn are under fire. I understand the jobs of reporters and journalists is to break the big stories, but shouldn’t those stories be accompanied with facts and not empty accusations? As it turned out, Auburn and the SEC had already known about this for a while, and both Auburn and the Newton’s had been cleared of any wrongdoing. So now you would think that the focus would logically switch from Cam to the ones who brought up this nonsense, right?
Of course not. That would be too sensible. Instead people just continue to attempt to dig up even more dirt on Cam, now claiming he was in danger of being kicked out of the University of Florida for cheating. Want to know what I have to say about that? SO WHAT? That was in his past. That’s like saying I shouldn’t be allowed to make posts on my blog because one time four years ago I misspelled four words in one post. Of course cheating is serious, but even if it is true, it is in the past. If he’s caught cheating now, that would be a different story, but I think he’ll be the first to tell you that he’s not the same person he was back then.
Now my thoughts on all of this is that Cam is definitely innocent, as is his family and Auburn. I think that this whole thing is just somebody’s pitiful attempt to get into his head and trip him up. Whether or not it’s just to cause trouble in his life, they don’t want him to win the Heisman, they don’t want Auburn to win the NC, or they just like to cause trouble I don’t know, but I do believe it’s like Cam said. “When God be blessin’, the devil be messin.” So if you want to believe people who attack someone as fast as they can without knowing the truth, then you’re no better than them.
Just know that Gene Chizik and Jay Jacobs are men of integrity who would not compromise the team with a questionable player no matter how good he is. I know that Gene has kept kids from playing for a lot less than what these people are accusing Cam of, so if he’s letting Cam play now, then I fully believe he did absolutely nothing wrong. So I actually feel sorry for those fans of other teams who think that this is going to trip Cam up.
To those of you who think that there’s no way this “one man team” can come into your stadium and beat your precious team, maybe you should pay attention to what’s happened so far. If Cam doesn’t run, there are three other guys who do, and they do it just fine. When Cam throws, there are at least two guys who know how to get right up under that ball and haul it in. Cam may be the best player in football, but he has an all star supporting cast. Don’t get too focused on Cam and forget Dyer, McCaleb, Zachary, Adams, Fairley, Bynes, Clayton, and the host of other tigers that will be coming after you.
Don’t think for one second that Auburn won’t own the stadium on November 26th. If you have doubts, just ask Ole Miss. I feel a little sorry for Georgia for totally different reasons, but I know our team will be focused this week. Last of all, Florida, you may want to let South Carolina beat you this Saturday, especially if it turns out your coach has a problem with Cam. We will be ready for you.