Why Cam Newton Won’t Get My Heisman Trophy Vote

Even though he’s the best college football player in America

At some point this afternoon, I will hit the “Enter” key on my computer and send my vote for the Heisman Trophy, American sport’s most prestigious individual honor, to the fine numbers-crunchers at Deloitte & Touche. It is a privilege I have enjoyed since 2004 and one of the most cherished duties I perform in my capacity as a writer and broadcaster.

Every time I cast my ballot, I do so with a sharp eye on the Trophy’s unique place in the American sporting culture. There are those who argue the Heisman has lost significance, but anyone who watches the ceremony and sees the distinguished lineup of former winners assembled to welcome the latest conscript into their unique fraternity understands it remains a tremendous tribute. The Heisman is more than a symbol of individual excellence. It signifies the sport’s great history and tradition. You may not think Eric Crouch and Jason White and Gino Torretta belong on the same list with Roger Staubach, Archie Griffin and Herschel Walker, but they are all Heisman winners, and therefore deserve the respect and esteem the award confers upon them. Heisman winners are special, just like the award itself.

And that’s why I’m not voting for Cam Newton this year. [SIGNUP]

You won’t find the Auburn QB on my ballot at all — and not because his play on the field has disqualified him from consideration. In fact, he is the best college football player this season and will probably win the Heisman whether I vote for him or not. Newton has been outstanding, and his six-TD performance (four passing, two running) against South Carolina was an emphatic exclamation point on a tremendous year. But the Heisman is not just about great play. It’s also about whether a candidate deserves to be included with the game’s greats and is worthy of what the Heisman means to the sport.

My vote this year is a vote for the trophy. It is designed to protect the Heisman and what it means. If doing that deprives Newton of a spot among the award’s list of luminaries, so be it. I just can’t allow the trophy, which has been sullied in the past year by revelations that 2005 winner Reggie Bush had received more than a half-million in cash and prizes from a prospective agent, absorb another body blow. I voted for Bush — twice. But this isn’t about me and whether I felt deceived by Bush’s behavior. This is about whether the Heisman can afford to take another hit without becoming a sad metaphor for the state of college athletics.

Newton’s troubles started earlier this fall, when reports surfaced that his father, Cecil, had been shopping the quarterback’s services — allegedly — throughout the SEC. When Mississippi State balked at the price (or the idea of paying said price), it reported the Newtons to the NC2A. Reports of conversations between the Newtons and schools and their supposed go-betweens and schools surfaced daily. Finally, last week, the NC2A announced that Newton was allowed to play for the Tigers, a day after secretly determining he was not eligible. The hilarious part of this came when the organization tried to convince us that all was fine with the quarterback, even though an investigation into the allegations continued, and even though the NC2A determined Cecil Newton had indeed shopped his son around. We were supposed to believe Cam Newton knew nothing about his father’s activities, even though it was reported that he told a Mississippi State coach he wasn’t choosing the school because “the money was too much” at Auburn. If there had been a payoff, Newton may not have seen all or even some of it, but if his family was receiving improper benefits from a school, NC2A precedent (see Bush, Reggie) holds that the player and the program should be punished. By the way, if you believe Cam Newton knew nothing about his father’s business dealings, good luck with that $100 million payout you’ll be receiving from the Nigerian prince that e-mailed you last week.

This couldn’t possibly be about the Tigers’ perfect season, could it? The NC2A wouldn’t be trying to make sure nothing stood in the way of a “national championship” meeting between Auburn and Oregon (hello, ratings basement), would it? Even though the NC2A doesn’t administer the ridiculous, borderline-criminal BCS system, it’s in the organization’s best interests to make sure a member school has the opportunity to play for the “title,” the better to keep it happy and prevent a later exodus by it and its big-time brethren looking to control their own destinies — and paydays. In a move that made FIFA look honest, the NC2A and the SEC ruled Newton eligible while acknowledging that his father had tried to cash in on his son’s talents. By running everything through the father, the Newton family was able to deny that Cam ever “asked” for money. Even if Cam Newton didn’t receive a dime, and his father did, Auburn should be smacked with probation.

Cam Newton will play for Auburn Jan. 10 in Glendale, AZ. He might some day be cleared completely of any allegations through the NC2A’s investigation. The Tigers may escape penalty because no paper trail will be found that puts a six-figure payment in Cecil Newton’s hands. Or, the whole 2010 season could come crashing down upon Newton and Auburn some time in the next two months, two years or two decades. While we wait, I’m not willing to take a chance with the Heisman’s storied past or promising future by casting my vote into such muddied waters.

The Heisman is an American sporting treasure, and it doesn’t deserve to be exposed again.

SUCKER PUNCHES
• Anybody who thinks the Eagles shouldn’t pay DeSean Jackson top-shelf wideout money because he isn’t a “complete” receiver had better ask himself how many other NFL targets can do what he can. The answer: maybe five. Jackson deserves the big bucks.

• It’s unfortunate Temple didn’t get a bowl bid, but by losing to Ohio, Miami (OH) and Northern Illinois, the Owls torpedoed their chances greatly. For a school that doesn’t travel well, wins are the key to the post-season. Had the Owls won one of those three games, they probably would have been invited.

• Nobody can get mad at Jayson Werth for accepting the Nationals’ ridiculous offer. If Washington wants to pay $126 million for a number-five hitter, Werth must run to D.C. Now, it’s time for Ruben Amaro to start working and find the Phillies a righthanded bat.

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  • redevil34

    at last someone with some guts to say and do what they feel is right and not follow everyone eles over the cliff

  • Dave

    Pathetic. People like you are why we burned “witches” in the 1600’s. No proof? No evidence? No problem. An investigation that has been going on since August turned up zero wrong doing, but this is just a ploy to keep Auburn playing for a championship? You need to retake your photo with a tin hat. It’s entirely impossible to believe that a kid in school in the middle of nowhere Texas had no idea what his dad was doing in Atlanta, Georgia? The real problem is that the court of public opinion and innuendo convicted Cam Newton weeks ago, and people like you aren’t going to let facts and evidence get in your way.

  • Tom

    No proof? no evidence?

    How about the fact that the NCAA SAID that it happened! The NCAA admitted the shopping of the player by the father and Auburn admitted as much as well. Why else would they BAN the father from the University???!

  • http://longenhagen.blogspot.com Eric

    You’re brave for having publicly denounced Newton’s candidacy, but who are you voting for instead? How likely is it that the player you voted for instead, and any of the previous Heisman winners for that matter, also received improper benefits? I’d be willing to bet its pretty high. I understand the desire to protect the sanctity of the Heisman, but wouldn’t assume the award to be innocent in the first place.

  • Lynn

    >What would you know about football anyway! Your from Philadelphia……

    WAR EAGLE!

  • Lynn

    Oh I forgot,
    You prbably voted for OJ……….

  • Eric

    So, after months of investigation by the NCAA you are still not satisfied? I guess you have some personal knowledge that they don’t; maybe you could share that with us.

    If not, I don’t think its fair to penalize another athlete because of something Reggie Bush did. Maybe you should defer from voting at all.

  • Jason

    Pathetic. People like you shouldn’t even have a vote. But I suppose that this does make a neat little story for you while you stand up on your soap box. Get a life!

  • Sheila

    Thank you so much for STANDING UP when the NCAA and the SEC failed… Guess the church fund supported their decision too! Cam Newton is a poor excuse for an athlete. His father wanted a super star—–guess he forgot it takes a team to make it happen in football. Makes me want to puke! Cam Newton is no better than Reggie Bush or Michael Vick. Shoot maybe if Vick had blamed his daddy he would still be playing for the falcons without jail time.

    THANKS FOR HAVING THE BALLS IT TAKES TO PRESERVE THE HEISMAN FOR THE REAL ATHLETES THAT DESERVE IT! KUDOS TO YOU!

  • BEN COTTRELL

    …and your vote should be taken away. The ballot specifically says vote for the “most outstanding college football player”. Nothing about off the field issues. In 1972 a convicted armed robber received the most votes and the Heisman Trust did not block him from getting the trophy.

  • Harris

    Johnny Rodgers a convicted armed robber? Must have missed that.

  • Jason

    I never heard of you before this Heisman vote and I will forget you soon after he wins! What was your name again? MORON!

  • TC

    So who are you voting for?

  • rich

    ok, so your not voting for newton….we figured that out in your story line….who care’s….he’ll still get in….don’t feel so important…..unreal

  • Jake

    The B(C)S is BS!!!! I’ll take Franklin Field and the Ivy League Champ Quakers…..Nova is still alive defending their title…….Temple goes 8-4 and gets screwed by Bowl executives because fan base is poor — not because they aren’t worthy…….36 Days until the only Bowl that Counts — and don’t be surprised down the road if Auburn win that Newton is stripped of Heisman and Auburn has to give up Title.

  • Tim C

    Based on the reaction of Auburn defenders it’s obvious they can’t look at this issue with any objectivity.

    What would disappoint me is to find out later that Newton was found guilty. If the win the Natty and it gets taken away later the best team will have not won!

    NC2A and SEC can’t police themselves. Congress should get involved!!

  • jbee

    Your vote certainly won’t be missed.

  • BoddaGetta

    BTW – for those interested in facts – Cam was not “shopped” to Auburn. It was MSU. Auburn was CLEARED by the NCAA. Make whatever assumptions you want to, doesn’t mean they are true. Also, has a background check been done on all the other candidates?

  • Eric S

    I would love to know who he is voting for then. LaMichael James should not be anywhere near his ballot either if he holds him to the same standard. James was convicted of beating up a woman, so the “integrity” part has to come into play here as well. If not then this guy is a hypocrite.

  • hunter

    you said hes was the most outstanding player in college football and thats what the trophy is right ive been to six auburn games and he stands out to the rest

  • Hugh

    WHO NEEDS YOUR VOTE ANYWAY

  • Hugh

    You probably never played football in your life and know nothing about what you think u are talking about. Guess what nobody cares

    CAM IS THE BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN THE COUNTRY. END OF STORY.

    HEY I BET you probably think you perfect.

  • jerky

    Amazing that Auburn fans are the only people in the USA that fail to see cheating on a grand scale. When this finally hits the fan I hope they get the NCAA death penalty…

  • nice

    Writers like you just want to generate publicity and page hits for yourself. Why else would you write an article about why you would not vote for someone – and not say who you voted for and the thought process behind it. The Heisman is not getting tarnished by the players, it is getting tarnished by it’s selectors like you, who want to look out for yourself.

  • Are you for real?

    What makes you think you know more than the NCAA? Your opinion has been formulated from journalists’ conjecture, but you cannot accept at face value the ruling of the NCAA. Weak…

  • Scott

    Ok, I give. You sports writers are just to smart for us old country boys. It’s true, we have infiltrated the NCAA, the FBI, the SEC, AT&T, FTC and Planned Parenthood (just in case). We got our people in place because we knew one day God was going to send us the greatest player to ever grace the planet, but we would have to pay. That’s how we get all our good players.
    When our great player came we had to be ready and we were. We made sure our guys were in place to bury all the evidence against our man. We knew TCU was gonna be good this year (because down here we know football). Saw it coming in 2004 and knew the BCS & NCAA would not want see them in the NCG. Why we even had one of our secret agents tickle ole Bill from MSU and make him drop his cell phone in the water, which gave us time to get our people at AT&T to make sure those text messages could never be found. We confused the minds of sportswriters by slipping Camy Cam juice in their water coolers in the hopes they would be distracted by stories of MSU boosters meeting with recruiting agents, Florida breaking federal laws, and grown men who still can’t get their story straight. But who knew most of you were dope smoking hippies in the 60’s and juice had no affect
    However we keep on. We trained Cam to say the right things, walk the right way, be gracious and un-accusatory in his responses to ?’s about Urban Meyer, so as to make him seem to be the only one who is acting like a real adult and not a some jealous writer or jilted coach. But you didn’t bite. Somehow you knew we had been working on this plan ever since the BCS snubbed AU in 2004. Why we even helped Alabama win the NC last year in the hopes it would throw you off our trail because you wouldn’t imagine an old backward state like ours having 2 NC and 2 Heisman winners. We even recruited two other really good QB’s just so it wouldn’t look like we needed Cam. We even got a guy to secretly hypnotize Dan Mullins so he would forget how rotten a kid Cam was at Florida and would recruit him to MSU anyway. All just to hide our scheme.
    But alas, it didn’t work. In a few short weeks you brilliant writers figured it all out. We did it, we paid him, I mean it looks like we did based on all the unnamed sources so we must have right?
    You just have to blindly connect the dots. You did, so you win, we give.
    I guess we’ll just have go us some more learning before we can compete with likes of you all.

    Man, Ya’ll Are Smart!

  • Michael Bradley is a Blowhard

    But let me guess, you voted for Obama?

  • Ben Cottrell

    Yes, you missed it. At the age of 18 Johnny Rodgers was CONVICTED (not alledged and not his dad) of armed robbery.

  • L

    People that couldn’t be always hate on those who are.

  • chris

    First of all, on a somewhat semantic note, stop saying NC2A. The reason people say that when talking is because it’s easier and quicker to say than “N-C-double-A”. When you’re typing, it’s the same amount of effort, so stop trying to impress and just type the name.

    Also, please stop trying to wax poetic about the integrity of the Heisman Trophy. Conveniently left out of your piece was the fact that a large part of your “sacred fraternity” were no saints in their own right (e.g. Billy Cannon and OJ). If you put LaMichael James on your ballot, and I’m assuming you did, he was arrested for assault over this past summer. Applying your pompous moral code to a football award is just wrong. As awful as the NCAA is, it’s still the body in charge of making these decisions, and it couldn’t find anything on Cam himself. Yes, his father shopped him and that’s against the rules. But that wouldn’t have any effect on Cam’s eligibility. In truth, he may have known he was getting shopped. Hell, he probably did. But the fact is you don’t know; none of us do, and by claiming you do and basing your vote off of it you undermine any legitimacy the NCAA has left. If he turns out to be ruled ineligible, this summer proves that we have ways to deal with that, and the Heisman will be fine (as evidenced by the fact that we all seem to care about it.) This isn’t a Nobel Peace Prize, it’s a football award. And save me the projection of your condescending moral sanctity onto the fraternity of Heisman winners. Unless you can prove, or the NCAA rules he’s ineligible, he’s by far the best college football player in the country

  • Andrew Nicks

    I really hope you read ALL these posts, not just the ones that agree with you. Like I wrote on your boy Bianchi’s ignorant article and like I posted on your ring leader Thayer Evans twitter, it is irresponsible journalism to not vote for the BEST player in college football. If you do not vote for Cam then you obviously think something is going to come out later and he’ll have his trophy removed. Listen to REAL experts like Kirk Herbstreit and others on ESPN and EVEYYWHERE ELSE. “WHO ARE YOU TO PLAY JUDGE AND JURY AGAINST THIS KID”

    You are just a sports writer, nothing more, nothing less. I’m starting to wonder if little nerds like you, guys who Cam Newton picked on in high school should even have a vote for heisman. I hope you and your cohorts get fired for being terrible at your job.

  • Matt

    Why do you even have a vote? 950 won’t let you on the air, I didn’t even know that you wrote for anybody in Philly. You have no more journalistic importance than me. Yet somehow you have a vote.

  • Carla

    What makes this a wonderful article is the fact you were willing to put yourself out there in the public with your misguided self-righteous attitude. Kudos Mr. Just-another-sports-writer-that-only-has-his-article-read-because-it-was-linked-from-someone-people-read-daily. My guess is you will vote for the guy who was arrested for assault, the guy who was actually charged for something. Right?

  • Dick Warner

    from the city of brotherly love – what ever happened to the concept of justice? has he been convicted of anything – NO – go put your head back in the sand

  • Chuck Love

    You are a douche bag.

  • http://theauburner.com mark

    Assuming the the report of the alleged conversation is true and Cam Newton knew about the money being discussed… what do YOU think he should have done to preserve his good standing? Voluntarily quit football all together? Or maybe he just decided to end all ties to Rogers and enroll elsewhere.

  • Stacey

    Although I agree with your premise, I think it should be up to the Heisman folks to determine what is their definition of intergrity. If they don’t think Newton or James encompasses what the trophy stands for, then neither one of them should have ever been invited in the first place.

  • Travis

    Does this moral conquest allow you to pat yourself on the back when you look in the mirror? Is your significant other proud of you for making the judgement that Cameron Newton is guilty based off of your colleagues ‘sources’, even though over 6 months, 2 that supposedly have had federal assistance, he has been found to be guilty of nothing? Your logic on this subject fits the ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ mentality. It’s misguided, pompous, and reeks of a holier than thou attitude that is undeniable. 3 years from now when Auburn is still shown to have not paid him a cent aside from his scholarship, you and the other select few who choose to leave him off your ballots as your way to condemn a 21 year old kid for a mistake he made at 19 and one his father CONSIDERED making later will be forgotten by the public. However, you’ll have to live with the arrogance of your own decision forever.

  • Jeff

    Never let rampant rumors and speculations get in the way of a good story.

    Sincerely,

    Duke Lacrosse Team

  • William Cosper

    YOU WIN, WE DID IT!

    Ok, we give. You sports writers are just to smart for us old southern country boys. It’s true,we did it. We have infiltrated the NCAA, the FBI, the SEC, AT&T, the FTC and Planned Parenthood (just in case).

    We got our people in place because we knew one day fate was going to send the greatest player to ever grace the planet our way, but WE would have to pay.( That’s how we get all our good players)

    When this player came we had to be ready and we were.

    We made sure our guys were in place to bury all the evidence against us and our new leader. We knew TCU was gonna be good this year (because down here we know football). Saw it coming in 2008 and knew the BCS & NCAA would not want see them in the NCG. They would be on our side.

    Why we even had one of our secret agents tickle ole Bill from MSU and make him drop his cell phone in the water, which gave us time to get our people at AT&T to make sure those text messages could never be found.

    We confused the minds of sportswriters by slipping Camy Cam juice in their water coolers in the hopes they would focus on stories of MSU boosters meeting with recruiting agents, Florida breaking federal laws, and grown men who still can’t get their story straight. But who knew so many sportswriters were dope smoking hippies in the 60’s and the juice had no effect.

    But never the less, we plowed on.

    We trained our guy to say al the right things, walk the right way, be gracious and un-accusatory in his responses to ?’s about Urban Meyer, so as to make him seem to be the only one who is acting like a real adult and not a some jealous writer or jilted coach. We even trick Urban to vote Oregon 1 so you would notice his childish attitude. But you didn’t take the bait.

    We had been working on this plan ever since the BCS snub in 2004. But we misjudged the intelligence of guys who write about guys who play sports.

    Why we even helped Alabama win the NC last year in the hopes it would throw you off our trail believing you couldn’t imagine an old backward southern state like ours having 2 NC and 2 Heisman winners in 2 years. We even recruited 2 quality QB’s just so it wouldn’t look like we needed one. (all those 2’s, must be something about that number)

    We paid a guy to secretly hypnotize Dan Mullins (who lured our guy to Florida without pay or even a laptop) so he would forget just how rotten a kid our guy was and would recruit him to MSU anyway. That was easy because DanMullins; is NOT a sportswriter.

    And finally, we purposefully spotted UA 24 points to create the greatest comeback in Iron Bowl history. But you focused on the man behind the curtain and not the spectacle before your eyes. You are so good that I might s well confess, Bama was in on the rouse. They have 13 or so NC’s and wanted to see little brother get #2. (there’s that # again) Of course its true, it seemed like Bama quit in the second half didn’t it, and if it seemed that way well according to you guys it must be true.

    So there you have it, we did it all just to hide our scheme.

    But alas, it didn’t work. In a few short weeks some of you brilliant sports writers figured it all out.

    So the gig is up. We did it, we paid him, I mean it looks like we did based on all the unnamed sources so we must have right? All you guys had to do was blindly connect the dots and you did. So you win, we give. I guess we’ll just have go get us some more learning before we can compete with likes of you all. Or become sportswriters!

    Man, Ya’ll Are Smart!

  • Irving Pinkus

    Michael, You Are More “FULL OF SHIT” Than A Christmas Turkey”! You’re right, you’re vote is insignificant because you talk out of both sides of your mouth.On one hand you say his performance this year is INCOMPARABLE but you are gonna go against the NCAA ruling & base your no vote for Cam on conjecture,lies & speculation? You are truly an ASSHOLE brother…I am 5 generations of an Auburn Family & we didn’t need your vote or spineless people like you who didn’t vote for our other two Heisman winners,Pat Sullivan & Bo Jackson & furthermore JOHN HEISMAN was a Head Coach at Auburn so talk about the TROPHY to someone else or dig him up & ask him about the Auburn Nation.Shove it up your ass MORON…Enough said! War “Cam” Eagle

  • AUBURN TIGER

    YOU ARE AN IDIOT AND SHOULD BE FIRED! CAM NEWTON HAS BEEN CLEARED AND AUBURN HAS BEEN CLEARED!

    WAR EAGLE!

  • fletch

    Don’t tell me about the labor pains–just show me the baby. Just vote. This isn’t about you.

  • WDEAUB

    I have retyped my response 10 times. But in the long run, you don’t deserve a response. Sit up there on your golden throne and continue to pass judgement. See where that gets you!!

  • URNOTWORTHY

    last time I checked, The Heisman Trust is responsible for the award and integrity of THEIR trophy, not you. You are just one of 925 people who are given the privilege to speak to who they should recognize. That’s it. Stop viewing yourself in such a self-important manner. You don’t like Cam? Vote for who you do like. But the ballot is SECRET. So now we know you don’t have any integrity either. Pot, meet kettle.

    Jerk.

  • Dan

    the way I see it, Mr. Bradley has destroyed any and all credibility he ever had in taking such an arrogant and sanctimonious position on the Heisman. Of course we’re talking Philly…..what else would one expect anyway from such a loser town? The good news is that basically no one else in the country really gives a flip what Phily says.

  • Boo Radley

    Scott and William Cosper – you 2 are the biggest idiots and you make me ashamed to have lived and grown up in the state of Alabama. That drivel you posted is STUPID – it’s obviously some viral email thing going around in the Barner circles, and it’s not clever. Just tellin’ you – you’re making the state look ignorant. And some of you Barners (AU fans – just to clarify to the rest of the country) need to learn that the words “you” and “are” form a contraction which is “you’re” NOT “your”. Jeez… you people are ignorant.

    Also, leave the Univ. of Alabama out of your little chain rant. We don’t support you idiots. You’re an embarrassment and your purchased team this year doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as the U of A Crimson Tide 2009 National Champions.

    Thanks for standing up, Mr. Bradley. Believe me, many of us in the SEC appreciate it. We know how all of this is making our conference look. Some of us have had our problems with the NCAA – no doubt. But everyone is trying to clean their programs up – that is, EVERYONE BUT THE BARN. Allow me to apologize for their hubris, lack of manners, ignorance and general thugery.

  • Mike

    Reggie and his family received “gifts” from people not associated with the university. Totally not the same thing. Plus you are supposed to vote for the “best college player” nothing else. These writers kill me with their, “integrity, morality, issues.” It is a sports award. All this stuff about what happened at Florida isn’t relevant…Is he at Florida? He produced, his teams won end of story!!!!!

  • Will Worth

    UNBELIEVABLE THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU GET TO VOTE FOR THE HEISMAN.

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC.

    IT’S QUITE OBVIOUS THAT YOU ARE A STRUGGLING WRITER TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF BY MAKING UNFOUNDED ACCUSTATIONS AND SLANDERING A 22 YEAR OLD COLLEGE STUDENT.

    WE’RE ALL SORRY THAT YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN A COMPLETE FAILURE BUT JUST BECAUSE YOURE INSECURE ABOUT IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO MAKE UP LIES TO TRASH A KID.

  • Ashley

    [...]Every time I cast my ballot, I do so with a sharp eye on the Trophy’s unique place in the American sporting culture.[...]

    The American sporting culture is diminished by your “picked-last-in-kick-ball” musings about bigger guys who always had prettier girl friends than you.

    It is too late to take back your vote for Reggie Bush; nothing like a little personal credibility problem to “sharpen the eye.”

  • Jason

    Your reporting skills suck. Let me help you.

    “he told a Mississippi State coach he wasn’t choosing the school because “the money was too much” at Auburn.” First, it was an unnamed source, not a coach. Second, the source never explained what context Cam allegedly said that in. He could have been talking about MSU. The one place money was discussed.

    “reports surfaced that his father, Cecil, had been shopping the quarterback’s services “allegedly” throughout the SEC.” Really?? Throughout the SEC huh? I’ve not seen one report saying any money was discussed at any other university other than MSU. In fact, I’ve seen the exact opposite reported. Kiffin made a statement that money was never brought up during Cam’s requirement, as did multiple other coaches.

  • Robert Payne

    I have just listened to your drivel on OTL. If you have spoken with Coaches who know this happened then why won;t you come forward with facts. Some people are gifted writers others are need to be filling space in the gossip column. You fit the gossip column.

    I can easily start making up that PennSt has recently paid a player to play for the Kitties. I can say all of Big East Basketball is shady, well we all know that is true. Its ties to AAU basketball make it some of the sleaziest in the country.

    Have brass ones and name names or move to the social pages.

  • GMAN

    “In fact, he is the best college football player this season and will probably win the Heisman whether I vote for him or not. ”

    Well that’s just about the only thing you got right in your entire article. Way to go jackwagon.

  • Jason

    Mr. Bradley,
    What is your email address?? I am going to present you with some fact since you seem to write on hearsay and assumptions.

  • John Eubanks

    Aren’t you really GRANDSTANDING and SHOWBOATING you and your column with this anti-Cam Newton “no” vote? We don’t care about you or your position. When the day comes and Newton is fully vetted and cleared of all alleged wrongdoings, won’t you and your “no” vote for one of the greatest Heisman candidates of all time make you look more silly? Remember HEISMAN was AUBURN’S first coach and I am sure that he would have stood behind the young man against the media types that dribble in gossip and have no hard FACTS to present.

  • Mark

    ok you got your 15-min. You are a clown.

  • Carlene Roche

    I can’t believe that the Heisman voters ALLOWED Cam Newton to become the Heisman Trophy Winner. He is a thief and a disruptive force. These young men should not be awarded for their bad behavior. He says he didn’t know what his father was up to but that’s BS! He is going to turn into an Ochocinco or a T.O. and that can’t be good for any TEAM! Like every high school coach tells every student who passes thru their programs…there is no I in TEAM…

    This move dilutes the Heisman award.

  • karen zann

    Thank God there is still some integrity left in this system!

    Thank God there is some integrity left in the system!!!! Thank you.

  • cherie gunn

    You speak the stone truth. I totally agree with your comments and he should have not won at all. Why can you not be one the NCAA governing board. That verdict was a sham!