Facts? You want facts? Hell, nobody’s dealing in those, folks. Not when it comes to Cam Newton. Who needs new facts, an industry has been created in just chatting, speculating and tweeting about the Auburn quarterback’s status.
Here’s the latest chatter from across the internet:
* In an AP poll of 23 Heisman voters, 19 said that they would vote for Newton if he’s eligible when they cast their ballots. Four, however, said that “allegations alone could be enough to dissuade them from putting Newton on their ballot.” (LINK FIXED)
Bill Cole of the Winston-Salem Journal said, “At this point, I can’t envision voting for him. One Reggie Bush tainting the Heisman is enough.”
Newton = Bush. Oops. Sorry. That’s not the full equation.
This is: Newton = Bush – Proof.
But why wait for proof, right?
* Last year’s Heisman winner — Alabama tailback Mark Ingram — has a vote in this year’s race and he says the Newton allegations don’t factor into his vote. “As a Heisman voter, I’m not paying attention to that right now. At the end of the season, I’ll see who played the best football and come up with the best player in the entire country. If it’s Cam, it’s Cam. If it’s somebody else, it’s somebody else.”
Would Newton get Ingram’s vote if he cast it today? “I know they’re undefeated and Cam Newton is playing better football than most everybody in the country right now.”
* Florida coach Urban Meyer tossed some support in the direction of Newton yesterday. “Those stories have absolutely nothing to do with our team, our preparation for South Carolina. Our entire focus is, and always will be, on our team. I will say, however, that I was very supportive of Cam when he left here, and Cam and his family know this. We wish him all the best.”
* Mark Bradley of The AJC says the Newton saga is bizarre… even by SEC standards. “Does the SEC, shuddering over the possibility of its championship game matching Auburn and Chizik against Florida and Meyer, intercede? Does the NCAA? The FBI?”
* Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports writes that the Newton story is turning the SEC into a circus. Speaking of Mike Slive’s attempt to clean up the league, Wetzel writes: “At one point Slive thought the entire league would be off probation for the first time in years. It didn’t happen as the Arkansas track team got busted. By now there are scandals at multiple schools in both football and basketball. Worse for Slive, frustration appears to be boiling over and manifesting itself into dropped dimes to the media.”
* Tony Barnhart of The AJC believes Mississippi State did what it was supposed to do… and he’s not buying any conspiracy theories. “I love you guys (and you know who you are) but nobody can dream up conspiracy theories like an SEC football fan. Things don’t just happen in the SEC. They are always part of a huge Master Plan to put the screws to your school — especially when it is having a good year.”