Friday, January 21, 2011

AUburgeddon: Geno at ESPN weighs in: “But it doesn’t feel closed. It feels empty.”

One of ESPN’s best writers weighs in on the Cam Newton story, and as is typical with Woj’s opinion pieces, he leaves no arteries un-gashed. I usually provide some observations or snarky comments on opinion pieces like this, but this one deserves to be unsnarked.

Go read the whole thing. He starts off well and goes straight for the stars from there.

Cam Newton is no longer on the Auburn campus, but the stench from his father Cecil's pay-for-play scheme and bungled cover-up still hovers over college football likes gases over a landfill.

The smell has Auburn, Mississippi State, the Southeastern Conference and even the Heisman Trophy Trust holding their noses. And depending on whether the NCAA has completed its investigation or not, perhaps its breath, too. There remains no closure, no neat bow on the Newton box.

What matters is if money changed hands, if money was laundered and if Mississippi State was the only school approached by Cecil Newton. So far, nothing.

Of course, Auburn officials who know Cam Newton well say it's entirely possible that he didn't have a clue about his father's actions. He's a 10-year-old in a man's body. He's Tom Hanks in "Big," an innocent. He'd rather play with other kids than deal with adults.

That's what they say, at least.

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Wingnut said...

Woj articulates what people across the country were saying long before the NC. The good folks at AU want to direct the blame to SEC rivals and adversaries after the fact. The arrogance the AU family has demonstrated in that nobody believes apologies necessary with lame excuses and explanations offered instead. Even the Ohio Players (sounds like a 70s act) feel bad about their misdeeds. As an outsider I was angry that this athlete was allowed to continue to play in collegiate play after represented by his father in the same capacity as an agent. By the millions of blogs out there I am not alone in this thought.