Did the NCAA Let Cam Newton and Auburn off the Hook Again?

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIOctober 13, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates their 22-19 victory after defeating the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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So, the NCAA decided to announce in the middle of the week in the middle of the season that they couldn’t find a thing to link Auburn to a pay for play scandal with Cam Newton.

Newton came out later and said, “I could have told you that.” I’m with you Cam. After all these weeks, the NCAA couldn’t find anything. I’m not surprised, since they basically had Auburn last December and decided to let this issue go.

Let’s be honest here for a second, shall we? Cecil Newton admitted to the NCAA that he shopped his son around and instead of taking action, the NCAA let Newton and Auburn go based on a technicality.

Now, there is the Cecil Newton Rule which basically nails any family members or others involved with a student-athlete trying to shop them around to other intuitions for money. Why the NCAA didn't have this rule in the first place until now, is still a mystery.

My theory is that the reason the NCAA let this go last year was for two reasons—money and embarrassment.

The NCAA was not about to lose a bunch of cash from the BCS by letting their top dog, in this case Auburn, go down with so much on the line.

Also, it would have the biggest embarrassment and scandal in NCAA history that the then No. 1 team in the nation would have had to forfeit ALL their wins, and then the NCAA would have had a mess on their hands deciding who would play Oregon for the national championship.

Another truth here—had Alabama taken care of business last November, this wouldn’t have been an issue because no one would have cared.

In the end the NCAA screwed up, let this situation go, and was trying to correct itself and it screwed that up as well.