On November 1, four days before Pat Forde, Chris Low and Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com broke the news that Cam Newton’s father Cecil Newton had solicited money for his son’s football services to Mississippi State, Cam and his father Cecil confirmed to Lars Anderson of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED that father Cecil alone made the decision for Cam to choose Auburn.
Last December the choice of which college to attend came down to two schools—Auburn and Mississippi State. Newton preferred Starkville because of his close relationship with Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen, who had been Newton’s offensive coordinator at Florida.
But Cecil thought his son should choose Auburn, which had an experienced offensive line (four starters were returning) and was only a two-hour drive from Atlanta.
Newton let his father make the final decision, and a few days before Christmas, while sitting at the dinner table in his brother’s house in Jacksonville, Cecil Sr. uttered two words that would radically alter the college football landscape: “It’s Auburn.”
Yesterday during an interview on ESPN television, Cam Newton said of that same decision:
“I felt that as a whole, Auburn possessed what was best for Cam Newton, that’s why I decided to come here on my decision.”
To this point I’d thought, based on Cam Newton’s ability to improvise this year, there wasn’t much coaching from Auburn going on with him. If at all.
I was wrong.