With the Heisman Trophy ceremony only a few days away, the only uncertainty Saturday night in Manhattan is not whether Cam Newton will win the award, but if his father Cecil Newton will attend the proceedings.
(Cecil and Cam Newton)
On Dec. 1, 2010, the NCAA released the following statement:
According to facts of the case agreed upon by Auburn University and the NCAA enforcement staff, the student-athlete’s father and an owner of a scouting service worked together to actively market the student-athlete as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton’s commitment to attend college and play football. NCAA rules (Bylaw 12.3.3) do not allow individuals or entities to represent a prospective student-athlete for compensation to a school for an athletic scholarship.
In conjunction with the case, Auburn University has limited the access Newton’s father has to the athletics program and Mississippi State has disassociated the involved individual.
Earlier today ESPN college football reporter Bruce Feldman revealed Auburn’s intentions as it pertained to Cecil Newton’s attendance at the Saturday event.
Cecil Newton was on the list of the people submitted by Auburn to travel up & get seats in the player’s section of Heisman ceremony.
That news was hardly met with approval by past Heisman winners, including Tim Brown.
The ‘87 Heisman winner Tim Brown told Travis Reier of BamaOnline.com today:
“I’ve talked to some past winners and they’d rather (Cecil Newton) not be (at they ceremony). For (Cecil) to be there would be saying, ‘I’m bigger than my son.’”
Hard to disagree with Brown’s assessment that Cecil showing up would add an unsavory distraction to the evening.
But knowing Auburn’s stance on the entire issue, it goes without saying that those in charge of the school and football program could care less what the public - or past Heisman Trophy winners - think.