The Curious Case of Cam

This past week I figured out how I was going to build up my retirement fund.My plan is to have a boy and turn him into a quarterback sensation. Then I will market him off to some of the bigger college football programs in hopes someone bites at my $180,000 price tag.Whoops, I'm sorry. That's not my retirement plan, that's Cam Newton's dad's retirement plan.As anyone who follows college football now knows, Newton's dad, the Reverend Cecil, auctioned his son off to the highest bidder while his son wanted to play for his former offensive coordinator at Florida and now the Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. However, MSU wasn't willing to pony up the $180,000 Cecil was requesting from the program and sent his son to Auburn.There is no official word yet if Auburn coach Gene Chizik bit and paid the sum. I should mention I am an Iowa State fan, and since I know the type of snake Chizik is and the way he left the Iowa State program, I wouldn't be surprised if he sold his soul, or $180,000, to get Cam Newton, who he figured would bring Auburn to the top of the SEC.Well Newton has done more than that. He is the leading Heisman candidate and Auburn is in the National Championship game because of his actions on the field. But it's his actions off the field that have been in the headlines all year.The NCAA caught wind of Cecil's pay-for-play plan via an agent of sorts who felt MSU was slighted in this whole deal. The NCAA looked into the manner and it seemed like a slam-dunk that Cam would be declared ineligible. And he was, but for only a day when the NCAA said he didn't know what was going on with what his dad was doing, meaning he could play football and win the Heisman.To be blunt, this was one of the most outrageous decisions by the NCAA maybe ever. The NCAA has a history of completely going overboard on the smallest things, even if it's a coach bringing one of his players to McDonald's. Now, when a blatant violation occurs, the NCAA just lets it slide in terms of ratings. I think the NCAA basically didn't want TCU in the championship game since more money would possibly be made on Auburn versus Oregon.Plus this opens up a loophole for many future student-athletes. Scratch that, this ruling basically makes it athletes. All Reggie Bush had to do was say "my dad did what! I had no idea!" and he would still have his Heisman trophy right now. However, Bush didn't do that, but now everyone will.Athletes can now have their parents determine what sum of money they can ask for and as long as the kid doesn't "know," the NCAA can't do anything about it from this ruling. So the rich just keeping getting richer because do you really think Rich Rodriquez isn't going to reach for his pocket ball and pull out a cool quarter of a mill from Michigan's fat athletics for one or two defensive backs, the team's biggest need?This all stems from the NCAA profiting off the athletes for years. From jersey sales to video games, the NCAA makes billions off these kids. Georgia wide receiver AJ Green was suspended four games for selling his own jersey, while Georgia and the NCAA probably has made a cool half a million off the potential top 10 draft pick's status.Granted athletes are given scholarships to come to the school, but they aren't always full-ride scholarships. Plus with all the time an athlete has to devote to his or her craft, it's hard for them to pick up a job in order to make extra spending cash. Now I am not saying pay the college players. A scholarship to play football at Stanford right now is priceless since it's one of the best educations you can find. Heck, even a scholarship to Texas or any school is worthwhile.But to see the NCAA just basically make money on these kids is despicable. The NCAA sets graduation rates for schools to meet, but all they do is help create the greed for the athletes. If the NCAA was more worried about the athletes instead of getting its own earnings, then maybe North Carolina wouldn't have had to basically punt the ACC season this past year. Oh, and TCU would actually be playing for a championship against Oregon, a program that has been clean all year and kicked its star quarterback off the team because he caused too much trouble before the year even began.

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