It hasn’t been a good past-few weeks for Auburn’s Heisman hopeful quarterback Cam Newton. Reports are coming in from ESPN.com in regards to Cam Newton’s possible expulsion from the University of Florida due to cheating during his freshman and sophomore years.
Newton was allegedly caught cheating three times while enrolled at Florida. One of the allegations involves Newton putting his name on another student’s paper without the student knowing. Another involved Newton purchasing a paper online.
Newton was also involved in legal issues when he has caught buying a stolen laptop while attending Florida in November of 2008. He decided to leave Florida after this incident and transferred to Blinn College in Texas. The charges were eventually dropped.
These latest allegations surrounding Newton come after speculation that Newton was illegally recruited while attending Blinn college. A man alleges that a payment of $200 thousand was sought to secure Cam Newton‘s signature on a letter-of-intent to attend Mississippi State.
“I haven’t done anything wrong,” Newton said after Auburn’s game against Chattanooga. “I’m an Auburn athlete, and I’m still playing for Auburn. I love Auburn, and that’s all I’ve got to say.”
He may love Auburn, but his eyebrow-raising past might cost him the Heisman this year. Though his academic faults should not effect the outcome of the Heisman voting, it’s no secret that the NCAA frowns upon this type of negligence.