Tag:Cam Newton
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 11:45 am

2 Guys and a Podcast: Danny Sheridan talks bagman

Danny Sheridan says he's sorry. He's sorry he ever opened his mouth about Auburn. Sorry he said a word about Cam Newton and the infamous bagman who paid Newton (allegedly) to go to Auburn.

Do I believe him? Sure. I believe Sheridan is sorry he spoke about this stuff, because USA Today isn't thrilled that their oddsmaker guy who makes odds is making headlines for bizarre reasons. I believe his reputation is taking a beating, and I believe he's starting to realize that.

Do I believe he knows who the bagman is, or even that there is a bagman? Nope. I believe all of this was a ploy for attention for his real job -- and now that the attention has gotten out of control, Danny Sheridan is sorry he ever brought it up.

I said something along those lines to Sheridan in this edition of Two Guys and a Podcast -- and when I did, he complimented me! True story.

Will Brinson, meanwhile, was merciless in his pursuit of the truth. You'll know what I'm talking about when Brinson asks the most blunt question of the podcast. Good thing the question was for Sheridan, not me, because I swallowed my tongue at that point.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:22 pm

Look -- grandstanding Heisman voters!

Some day, if I play my cards right, I will be granted a Heisman vote. Such a responsibility is given only to the few, the proud, the douchebag.

Well, it was given to six douchebags. The six who have grandstanded their way into the Cam Newton story by announcing that they will not, cannot, shall not, vote Newton for Heisman. So it was written, so it will be. Amen.


Who do you think you are? And I'm talking to all six of you, two of whom I know well, and like very much. This doesn't change anything for me, Mike Bianchi or David Whitley. Still love you guys. But this decision of yours, this holier-than-thou proclamation to protect the integrity of the Heisman, makes me want to vomit.

Newton is eligible to play for Auburn. He is eligible to win the Heisman. Therefore, if he is the best player in college football this season -- and only an idiot would suggest he's not -- then he must get that vote.

Unless of course some Heisman voters were granted not just a Heisman vote, but the ability to see the future. And those voters know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Newton eventually will be declared ineligible this season, which means Auburn will have its SEC title vacated, and Newton will be stripped of any award he wins. If you six voters know that, more power to you.

But you don't know that, and you know you don't. Which brings me back to my question: Who do you think you are?

You're no better than those handful of Baseball Hall of Fame voters who refuse to vote for any candidate in his first year of eligibility on the grounds that, well, if Babe Ruth wasn't a unanimous selection, no one deserves to be a unanimous selection.

That's a douchebag move. And so is this. Because what if -- and there's a very good chance this happens -- what if the NCAA never determines that Cam Newton was guilty? What then? Voters will have held a suspicion against Newton. And if enough voters go that route, the best player in college football in years won't win the Heisman. Just because voters thought they knew something they didn't.

Me, I'd rather vote for the guy and have the Heisman taken from him down the road than the alternative, which is not voting for him and finding out, years later, that I was wrong. That Cam Newton never knew. That Cam Newton's father was guilty, yes, but that Cam Newton himself was innocent. But that someone else won the Heisman trophy because, um, I was a douchebag.

The academic cheating at Florida? Look, that might have happened -- but nothing came of it. Nothing. Florida never found Newton guilty. Florida never even brought him up on charges. Are we now holding allegations, but not convictions, against people? Not in my America, you douchebags.

And that stolen computer in Newton's room at Florida, the one he threw out the window when the police came looking for it? That's bad. Of course it's bad. But bad enough to cost Newton the Heisman? Of course not.

But we're going to add up all of that -- one allegation, one misdemeanor and one suspicion -- and decide that Cam Newton is unworthy of the award? Even if Auburn, the SEC, the NCAA and the Heisman foundation say he is eligible? Awful. Unforgivable.

But what's done is done. A handful of douchebags already have decided to be bigger than the Heisman and to take justice into their own hands.

If any of you read this and decide we're not friends any more, I can live with that. You said what you had to say.

And now, so did I.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Cam Newton
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:42 pm

An ode to Dan Mullen

The NCAA's unusual announcement about Cam Newton -- someone cheated, but it wasn't Newton -- makes me think kindly not only of the NCAA, but also of Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen.

Mississippi State triggered this saga in January by reporting to the SEC that someone claiming to represent Newton's father was offering the player to the Bulldogs for $180,000. That's what someone at Mississippi State did, possibly Mullen himself, but that's not why I'm thinking kindly of him. Snitching on Kenny Rogers was the right thing to do, but I'm not moved to write happy thoughts about Dan Mullen because he (or someone at his direction) did that.

More impressive is what Mullen didn't do. Because here's what he could have done: He could have said yes to Kenny Rogers.

Mullen could have given in to his ambition, to his cynicism. He could have told himself, "Screw it, everyone else is doing it. This is my shot -- I'm going for it." Mullen could have found a way to justify it as he helped himself to Cam Newton. All he had to do was pay up, or find a booster who'd pay up. Those types aren't hard to find. Boosters willing to do the coach a favor and spend a few bucks on a player? They're everywhere.

Mullen didn't do it. Even though he was one shaky year into his tenure at Mississippi State, after going 5-7 in 2009. Needing positive growth in 2010, Mullen turned down Kenny Rogers. He lost his shot at Cam Newton. Nobody knew Newton would emerge this season as college football's most dominant player since Vince Young, but people knew Newton was special, and few knew it more certainly than Mullen -- who was on the staff at Florida when Newton, as a true freshman, was Tim Tebow's back-up.

Mullen didn't do it, and good for him. That's my conclusion after riding the ups and downs of this story, including a period where I was down on Mullen for reasons that simply don't matter. My initial thoughts, as they pertained to Mullen, were wrong. I'm not perfect, and if an acknowledgement of my own fallibility rubs you the wrong way, go read someone else. Want a writer who never admits he's wrong? I can point you in a few directions.

Category: NCAAF
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