During a wide ranging, multi-segment interview on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network, Mike Slive either told the host an outright lie, or deliberately misled him. Finebaum had asked him about the NCAA eligibility determination made on December 1 that made former Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton eligible to compete in the SEC Championship game and ultimately, the BCS National Championship game. Finebaum noted the controversy surrounding that decision and the media firestorm it created.
Slive told Finebaum that “the [Cam Newton eligibility] investigation was done by the NCAA. They drew conclusions that permitted the young man to continue to compete and … we had no facts to counter the NCAA’s findings… I know it lingers, I know it’s out there. But the NCAA did the investigation. They made the facts. They made the determination on his eligibility based on the facts they they knew, and that’s really where it went.”
Not only did Slive lie to Paul Finebaum. He lied to the entire listening audience.
Regular readers of this blog know that during eligibility determinations, the NCAA does not conduct any investigation because reinstatement decisions are NOT investigations. The eligibility staff doesn’t have any investigative capability at all. It relies totally on the member school to provide all relevant facts and makes it decision based on that information. NOT information that it uncovers through any sort of investigation.
I don’t care which team you root for. Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, East Buttermilk Polytechnic. It matters not. What I do care about is that you understand that the process resulting in Auburn’s declaration of ineligibility and the subsequent NCAA decision reinstating Newton was not an NCAA investigation. It was a story presented to the NCAA Eligibility staff that was written, produced and directed by Auburn University.
Accordingly, Slive’s statement that “the NCAA did the investigation” is DEMONSTRABLY FALSE.
One of the following statements is true.
Mike Slive knows the difference between eligibility determinations and enforcement investigations and deliberately misled Paul Finebaum and the entire listening audience.
Mike Slive is clueless about the two distinct and separate processes and believes the Auburn fambly canard that the NCAA has already investigated the Newton scandal and the December 1 decision was the end of the matter.
You decide what you want to believe. But any shred of respect I might have had for the Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference has been destroyed.