Kevin Scarbinsky's morning column raises some interesting questions about Miss State and their handling of the whole Cameron Newton-to-StarkVegas saga...
And it's the four-letter giving the rope...
Joe Schad's opening paragraph:
Two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year.
Only coaches can recruit- legally. If it isn't an MSU coach that is a Schad source, that's an NCAA violation.
Schad's Paragraph 3:
"... one of the recruiters said Cecil Newton told him it would take "more than a scholarship" to bring his son to Mississippi State, a request the source said the school would not meet. Cecil Newton also referred the recruiter to a third person that would provide more specifics, the source said."
The third person is unidentified, as are the specifics, but the implication is clear in the wake of last week's ESPN story that former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers was allegedly representing the Newton family and asking for money for him to sign with State.
The implication is that Cecil Newton was working with Kenny Rogers to pimp Cam Newton to the highest bidder. God help the Rev. Newton if that's true.
Schad's Paragraph 2:
"Mississippi State compliance officials relayed the alleged conversations to Southeastern Conference compliance officials in January, according to two other sources close to the football program."
The original story from November 5th written by Forde, Low, and Schlabach, Scarbinsky points out, has this information from the SEC their ownselves...
SEC associate commissioner Greg Sankey, who oversees conference compliance, said the league received "specific information" regarding the Newton allegation in late July of this year.
"When we get information, we share it with the institution when it is involved," Sankey said.
So, Kevin Scarbinsky has just shot down the lead of Joe Schad's most recent efforts to advance the Cameron Newton story.
Now to ask: Who is withholding information ((or ignoring it))...??? Certainly the four-letter isn't implying that the SEC offices have misremembered when the MSU compliance officials gave them their initial information from investigating.
And, if the SEC had known something was fishy about Cameron Newton as far back as January, then why not pursue it...??? Let Auburn hang themselves...??? Or did Auburn ignore an initial shoulder poke by the conference office about Newton's eligibility and any questions surrounding it...???
AD Jay Jacobs and head coach Gene Chizik just went ahead and said: "To hell with all of you and what you say. We're playing the kid anyway for that all-important Arkansas State game."
And we now have four-letter reporters saying two separate tracks of information. Are we to believe the Schad track or the Forde-Low-Schlabach gambit...???
"This is a character assassination attempt," Cecil Newton told AuburnUndercover.com Tuesday. "Who stands to profit in the smearing and character assassination? Who is going to profit and why are they are going to profit? We sure don't. Any logical thinking individual should stand back and say 'what is really going on here?' "
"I think there is a group of people who have a hidden agenda and don't want to see him as a Heisman nominee, let alone the Heisman winner. All of a sudden, all this starts leaping out of the corner and out of the dark.
"I'm going to use every waking breath in my body to contradict that."
The HQ is showing this again, because frankly, it's too cool not to...
|Auburn's Gene Chizik defends Cam Newton|
We haven't seen solidarity like this since the dock workers strikes in Poland.
There is no truth to the rumor that Lech Walesa is now going to be the Newton's attorney...
PM UPDATE: Dan Mullen was asked about the Schad-backing of his information in the Cameron Newton saga...
From Charles Goldberg and al.com:
When asked if anybody recruited at Mississippi State besides coaches, Mullen said, "No."
Mullen steered cleared of at least three questions about Newton.
"I'm much more concerned about beating Alabama," Mullen said.
Again on Newton, Mullen answered: "We deal with players on our program that are on our team. Nothing else. That's what we deal with at Mississippi State University."
So, then to follow Schad's identification of sources through logic, it was an MSU coach that told Schad that the academic issues at Florida were coming to the fore as a reason he left...
There are 14 individuals "listed" as coaches currently on the MSU staff. Five of those individuals have ties to schools that were, in one way or another, interested or active in the recruitment of Cameron Newton at one stage or another- three from the University of Florida, one from Auburn, and one from Oklahoma. The other nine coaches are in very short tenure runs, to date, with Mullen and the MSU staff.
Once again, make of the information whatever you like...
Jus' puttin' it out there...