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Cam Newton, a former Auburn Tigers quarterback, was the target of an NCAA investigation that began after it was suspected he took money to enter Auburn.

Newton now claims to know which “sources” initiated the entire probe. While the narrative seemed inconsequential in an era where players are publicly paid to attend specific colleges, any hint of a pay-for-play arrangement was considered taboo just over a decade ago.

How did Cam Newton end up with the Auburn Tigers?

Newton began his college career with the Florida Gators under head coach Urban Meyer before transferring. He was caught stealing a laptop in the dorms of Florida University and ended up at a junior college a year later.

After becoming a top junior college recruit, Newton chose to attend Auburn. During his time with the Tigers, he established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in college football history.

He won the Heisman Trophy and almost single-handedly led Auburn to a national championship. He passed for just under 3,000 yards, ran for just under 1,500 yards, and scored 51 total touchdowns. More than a decade later, few of his Auburn teammates are recalled.

How Cam Newton’s decision to go to the Auburn Tigers sparked the NCAA investigation

Cam Newton revealed on Shannon Sharpe’s podcast that his offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Florida was at the center of the infamous NCAA inquiry.

After assisting Meyer and the Gators in winning their second national championship in three years, Dan Mullen left to become the head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He wanted to bring quarterback Cam Newton with him.

Newton understood Meyer had to approve the transfer and planned to attend junior college. This choice led Dan Mullen and his wife Megan to be the two individuals who alleged Newton took money to attend Auburn.

Newton never had proof that Mullen and his wife were the two sources, but the way they interacted after the incident led him to believe so.

Cam Newton was found ineligible twice that season, yet he still competed in the National Championship Game. In an AL.com piece, his father Cecil stated that it was because he “fell on the sword.”

“I fell on the sword,” Cecil Newton explained. “I willingly fell on the sword for my son. I did not want the allegation to grow and create a climate in which he would be barred from playing.”

The entire NCAA investigation involving Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers is now inconsequential

In today’s game, the concept of a talented SEC quarterback like Newton being punished for such a small quantity of money appears absurd.

According to On3, Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders has a NIL valuation of $4.7 million. Sanders won four games in a somewhat lower conference. Sanders has a long way to go before being compared to Newton among collegiate quarterbacks.

According to On3, Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning has a NIL value of $2.8 million. Manning has yet to play a meaningful down of college football and is openly earning far more money than Newton was ever accused of making in college.

Looking back at the story from the present world of college football, Mullen’s attack seemed even more petty than it would have been back then.

 

 

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