Published October 13, 2011 - 6:47am
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It’s time to put the Cam Newton story to rest. After one of the best individual seasons ever, many have self-assigned an asterisk next to his 2010 statistics. Now, it’s time to remove the asterisk. The NCAA has ended its investigation of Cam Newton:
“After conducting more than 80 interviews, the NCAA has concluded its investigation into Auburn University,” the NCAA said in a statement. “The NCAA enforcement staff is committed to a fair and thorough investigative process. As such, any allegations of major rules violations must meet a burden of proof, which is a higher standard than rampant public speculation online and in the media.
“The allegations must be based on credible and persuasive information and includes a good-faith belief that the Committee on Infractions could make a finding. As with any case, should the enforcement staff become aware of additional credible information, it will review the information to determine whether further investigation is warranted.”
So, Alabama fans can stop telling their Auburn brethren that their SEC and BCS Trophies will be taken away at some point. It looks like that is no longer a risk. Cam Newton will keep his Heisman Trophy.
While Ol’ Cecil is indeed sketchy and likely participated in some wrongdoing, the NCAA has nothing to pin on Cam Newton or the Auburn Tigers. Sure, the NCAA’s ability to investigate is hampered by their inability to issue subpoenas, but if the NCAA is ending their investigation, it’s time for fans to end their arguing. It’s time to move on.
Despite his checkered-past at the University of Florida, the bottom line is that Cam Newton is a great kid at least when he’s in front of the camera. He’s a superb athlete with a contagious smile; every time he speaks, he is humble. The reality is that we could do far worse, and Cam handles himself far better than a number of professional football players with million dollar contracts. Cam Newton represents his current team and his previous team, the Auburn Tigers, very well.
It’s time to follow the NCAA’s lead and put an end to the speculation. It’s time to simply acknowledge how spectacular Cam Newton was for the Auburn Tigers in 2010. No asterisk needed.