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Desmond Howard says he felt threatened by Phill Simms

Phil Simms regrets altercation with Desmond Howard

The Power of Roger Staubach’s Prediction

Archie Griffin Named Big Ten Icon No. 4

A tough body of work for Woodson | Work Wasters

Charles in charge

Sanders and Suh are Beauty and the Beast « SideLion Report | A 

Heisman winner Newton eyes Favre as mentor

Office of the Heisman Trophy – Company Profile | LinkedIn

Bradford to be part of OU-UT

Fenwick pays tribute to former standout athletes

1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers Biography

RG3 For Heisman? You Better Believe It. | Celebrity Sentry

Cam Newton won’t necessarily benefit from personal workout

TV station: Bengals QB Carson Palmer putting home up for sale

Bradford ready to learn new offense

No. 3 Texas rolls 68-52 as Sooners honor Bradford | The Associated 

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Heisman Media Reaction

Here is a quick round up of the first reactions by the media to Cam Newton’s Heisman win.

Cam Newton Has Heisman Trophy, But for How Long?

Cam Newton: Thoughts on Cam Newton’s Heisman Acceptance Speech

As expected, Newton wins Heisman

Cam Newton says he’s not disappointed in dad

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton wins Heisman Trophy

Florida Hires New Coach as Newton Wins Heisman

Cam Newton wins Heisman Trophy over Andrew Luck, LaMichael James, Kellen Moore

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Cameron Newton, 2010 Heisman Trophy Winner

Here he is with his new hardware…

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Heisman News Round Up

Here’s what they are saying:

Heisman? Got to hand it to Newton?

Why Cameron Newton will win the Heisman without my vote?

Heisman Trophy: Stanford’s Luck knows he’s long shot?

Manhattan bound: BSU’s Kellen Moore invited to Heisman Trophy

Kellen Moore’s awards tour starts tonight?

What does your Heisman Trophy ballot look like??

John Heisman: The man behind the famous trophy

Atlanta’s Greatest Heisman Trophy winner — Cam Newton vs. George Rogers…

Dickson not optimstic about Oregon’s Heisman hopes

Oregon football: Before hitting the Big Apple, LaMichael James is …

Griffin Gives His Thoughts on Heisman Race

And our Heisman goes to

Losses derail Heisman campaign for UM’s Denard Robinson

This Heisman voter’s pick is clear: Newton’s the man

LaMichael James In Sports Illustrated

Top 10 Heisman Campaigns Ever

Where Are They Now? All-Time Heisman Winners

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Heisman News Roundup

Cardinal Owen Marecic, Not Cam Newton, Rules for This Heisman Voter

Checking the ballot: Auburn’s Cam Newton is on his way to the Heisman Trophy

Cam Newton should be a lock for Heisman Trophy

Why I hate the Heisman

2010 Heisman Trophy Betting Odds

Will Kellen get the Heisman call today?

Cameron Newton should be a Heisman shoo-in: National College Football Insider

The 2010 Heisman Trophy race: It’s over, and it’s all Cam Newton

Newton’s focus more amazing than his Heisman talent

Cam Inman: Give Stanford QB Andrew Luck the Heisman Trophy

Three reasons why Cam Newton can now count on winning the Heisman

Why Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick Deserves To Be a Heisman Candidate

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Heisman Quandary

So, the NCAA has ruled that Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton is eligible.

It has also ruled that his father, Cecil, did indeed request money for his son to play at Mississippi State.

From the NCAA press release on the matter:

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.

But since it has not yet been proven that Cam Newton knew of this pay-for-play scheme, he remains eligible, and it is Cecil Newton who is being punished by having his association with Auburn football curtailed (although one has to wonder how much of a punishment that is, considering the younger Newton is likely to declare for the NFL in a matter of weeks).

The effect on Heisman voters will be mixed.  By the letter of the law, Newton has been deemed eligible by the NCAA and the path is therefore clear for him to accept the Heisman.  But with the pay-for-play scheme now being verified by the NCAA, the spirit of the law is in a precarious position.  Voters must swallow the notion that Cam Newton had no idea that he was being shopped around. 

Based on the firestorm that has been created today over this matter, this can only hurt Newton’s candidacy.  It certainly gives credence to the notion that his recruitment was shady and that his eligibility survives only on a technicality.  

Amazingly, some commentators are saying that this ruling takes away any cloud that was hanging over Newton’s Heisman campaign and Auburn’s quest for a national title.  But they’re wrong.  This makes the cloud worse.

It won’t cost him the Heisman, but I think the taint is building.  It could be that allowing Newton to keep his trophy inflicts more damage on the Heisman process than not allowing Reggie Bush to keep his.

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Heisman News Round Up

Thayer Evans of Fox Sports Continues His Witch Hunt Against Auburn’s Cam Newton

Newton all but seals up trophy with comeback win over Alabama?

Heisman update: Newton, James, Moore, Luck?

Michigan QB Denard Robinson an unlikely Heisman hopeful

John Adams: Theory about Newton drags down Heisman?

Cam Newton extends lead in Heisman poll?

What We Learned: Newton should win Heisman

Holy Heisman, the Newton saga?

Heisman or not, Ponder lives up to hype

Oregon football: LaMichael James is shaken, but never deterred?

Daily Duck: Iron LaMike

Allegations Complicate Heisman Trophy Voting

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