Pure Hatred: Does The NCAA's Ruling On Cam Newton Put a Target On Auburn's Back?

L.C. May@lcmay474Correspondent IDecember 6, 2010

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after their 56-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 SEC Championship at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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He is 6'6" and 250 pounds; he is also the current front runner for the Heisman Trophy and most likely the winner.

He has also been under fire with the NCAA about the attempt to collect money from Mississippi State recruiters before he went to Auburn.

If you have not already guessed who I am talking about then you do not own a television or computer and do not live in the United States.

This man is Cameron Newton.

On December 1, 2010, Cam Newton was ruled eligible by the NCAA after being silently ruled ineligible the night before. Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs said:

"Based on the information available to the reinstatement staff at this time, we do not have sufficient evidence that Cam Newton or anyone from Auburn was aware of this activity, which led to his reinstatement."

This was, of course, excellent news to the Auburn players, coaches and most of all the fans. Some wondered if this latest drama would affect his play, but as all saw in the SEC Championship game, that was not the case.

Now some fans, coaches and even university presidents have thrown some backlash at the ruling of Cam Newton being eligible.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford called the NCAA ruling "surprising" and says it will put college athletes on a "slippery slope;" USC athletic director Pat Haden commented on the subject by saying, "In the Reggie Bush case, when the parent (did) something inappropriate the kid and the school suffered."

Michael Wilbon says the first thing he thought of when Cam Newton was ruled eligible is the NCAA wants to keep TCU out of the national championship game. ESPN's Joe Schad says the ruling came out to clear speculation before the championship game and the further investigation will continue.

Gene Wojciechowski called the ruling more of "wet kiss on the ring finger instead of a slap on the wrist."

NCAA president Mark Emmert said he understands the backlash: "We recognize that many people are outraged at the notion that a parent or anyone else could 'shop around' a student-athlete and there would possibly not be repercussions on the student-athlete's eligibility."

These are all reactions from high figures in the college football world. Fans have reacted in their own way, such as the "$cam Newton" t-shirts and the many signs and videos.

One of these videos include a parody of the song "Eye of the Tiger" which what was changed to "Buying a Tiger."

Even though many people reacted in a negative way, it did not include all of the country. Steve Spurrier said prior to the championship game that "he was glad Cam Newton was playing." Other ESPN analysts, such as Kirk Herbstreit and Mark May, have also supported the ruling with a thumbs up.

But there are many teams such as TCU, Wisconsin and Stanford that think they deserved a shot at the title to play Oregon, and with the possibility that Cam Newton did wrongdoing in his recruiting process, this adds fuel to the fire of these fans and supporters of these teams.

If Auburn goes to the National Championship, wins it, and then more evidence comes out on Cam Newton then there is going to be some serious backlash.

Cam Newton is one of the best players the game of college football has seen. It is sad to know that such an excellent athlete's own father sold him out for money.

Rather Cam is guilty or not, he does deserve the Heisman Trophy for his excellent play this season.

Fans can hate or love him, but it's out of the hands of the fans and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

I feel more will come out of this situation sometime before or after the National Championship. Rather it will affect the ruling of Cam Newton's eligibility, we just have to wait and see.


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