Put simply, had Cam Newton’s father or a third party actually received money or benefits for his recruitment, Cam Newton would have been declared ineligible regardless of his lack of knowledge.
Newton’s father had previously admitted to the NCAA to soliciting funds from Mississippi State in exchange for his son signing with the school to play football. Though NCAA reported it didn’t find evidence that Cecil Newton ever received funds following such solicitation.
(Taylor Martinez (r) with father Casey Martinez and Toby Gerhart two months ago)
Today Baxter Holmes of the LOS ANGELES TIMES reported that the father of star Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, Casey Martinez, received a licensing deal from Nebraska for his fledgling apparel brand 13 months before his son signed to play football at the school.
Casey Martinez had a deal with Nebraska nearly a year before his football-playing son, Taylor, did.
The father of Nebraska’s starting quarterback owns the sports apparel company Corn Fed, and he entered into a licensing agreement with the university’s athletic program about a year before his son committed to play football for the Cornhuskers.
In June 2007, records show, Nebraska became the first of four universities to sign contracts with Corn Fed. The others were Iowa State (April 2008), Iowa (June 2008) and Northern Iowa (February 2009), though the deal with Northern Iowa has since been canceled.
So what did the NCAA have to say about Taylor Martinez’s father, who before his son signed with the Huskers to play football essentially launched a brand of clothing with the Nebraska University deal? Read more…