Heisman Winners Don’t Want Cecil At Ceremony

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 photo

(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.

Feldman Tweet:

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. Read more…

ESPN’s Tim Brown Endorses Online Sports Betting

Last month ESPN announced its 2010 college football commentating team. In that lineup was former Notre Dame and NFL star Tim Brown.

Tim Brown Endorses Illegal Online Gambling Service

According to the ESPN release, this season Brown will serve as analyst on ESPN’s 3D college football broadcasts. Brown can also be seen as a college football analyst on another outlet for which he also appears as a celebrity endorser.

Tim Brown giving sports betting picks

Brown appears in numerous videos on a website that offers sports wagering, including college football, while also showing up in promotional materials for the website in online ads and this current direct mail ad campaign for the 2010 football season:

Tim Brown Endorses Illegal Online Gambling Service

His image is also found on the “join” page of the gambling website.

Online sports wagering is illegal in the United States.

Brown’s association with ESPN despite his connection to an illegal sports wagering website is ironic considering ESPN’s actions regarding an endorsement deal of another college football commentator on its roster. Read more…