“He’s played for so long for free that anything we make, man, is a blessing.”

This Cecil Newton interview is about what you’d expect, but there’s one quote from him that really cracked me up.

… Asked whether he solicited money from Auburn, Newton said: “According to what the NCAA findings are, that’s what we’re going with.”

Boy, now there’s a rousing self-endorsement.

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46 responses to ““He’s played for so long for free that anything we make, man, is a blessing.”

  1. mwo

    Cecils’ s comment means “yes I did, but, in keeping with Mike Slive’s policy to protect undefeated SEC teams and ensure their BCS, MNC, and Heisman eligibility, we found a way to interpret a bylaw to fit this situation.”

    • Aquila Martialis

      LOL, the jealousy here is thick. And it is pathetic. Auburn is 14-0 and the 2010 National Champions. Auburn is the only SEC team to go undefeated twice in the BCS era. And we did it the right way. Get over it. The

      • BeerMoney

        …I see you did not finish your sentence. Let me finish it for you…
        The…OH I just cannot type this with a straight face.

      • Beaver Cleaver

        If ignorance is bliss, then Toomer’s Corner must be Shangri-La.

  2. TennesseeDawg

    In other words, I’m going to wait until the NCAA catches me then I’ll own up to it.

  3. Scott W.

    Auburn never got away with cheating before, why start now?

  4. Lrgk9

    Some other Dudes doin’ my talking for me…

  5. DawgnAub

    and this guy is a preacher correct? I guess it’s unfortunately typical.

  6. Go Dawgs!

    Still think he’s innocent, Ward?

    • WarD Eagle

      Still think [Cam]’s innocent, Ward?

      I have nothing that says he’s guilty.

      Do you?

      • That’s basically what Cecil said. ;)

        • Scott W.

          Auburn: All In (cahoots)

          • 81 Dog

            soon to be All In(carcerated) the NCAA hoosegow.

            I dont know how anyone can defend this guy with a straight face. Does that sound like a statement an innocent guy would make? I understand there’s a difference between what you suspect and what you can prove. So far, there’s not proof, but boy oh boy, there’s plenty of reason to be suspicious.

            • WarD Eagle

              There’s plenty of reason to believe Mark Richt doesn’t care what his players do as long as they don’t become a public embarassment, too.

              Is that true?

              • Go Dawgs!

                Is that the same as breaking a rule? Because even if there IS reason to believe that, what the hell difference does it make? I have reason to believe the same about every coach in the country.

                Is this really the best you can do? I feel like I could argue Auburn’s side of this more effectively than you can at this point.

                • WarD Eagle

                  Is that the best *I* can do?

                  Seriously?

                  The entire pathetic lot of you have been whining for months about AU cheating, playing dirty, etc. simply because one of *your* players sold some a jersey – something he knew was wrong – and the NCAA made you pay the price.

                  AU? We haven’t seen anything other than a bunch of Updykian conspiracy theories from rival fan bases.

                  By all means, please continue, it’s nothing if not entertaining.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Not to mention Cam’s “the money was too much” explanation to a friend as to why he went to Auburn and not Miss State.

      • Go Dawgs!

        I was actually asking if you still think Cecil’s innocent of soliciting anything from Auburn. That’s all it would take for him to be ineligible, even with the NCAA Cam loophole. Auburn wouldn’t even have to reach for its wallet.

        If Cecil saw the error of his ways and directed Cam to go to Auburn just so he’d never have the taint of the MSU solicitation on his record, why not just say that?

        • WarD Eagle

          Obviously, the NCAA, who spoken to infinitely more people related to Cam’s recruitment than you think Cecil is innocent of soliciting anything from Auburn.

          What makes you think Cecil solicited money from Auburn?

          • Go Dawgs!

            The fact that this reporter asked him if he had, and he didn’t deny it.

            Look, this whole “there’s an investigation and I can’t say much” garbage is a cop-out. What, an investigator is going to see you saying “I didn’t solicit money from Auburn” and all of a sudden try to trip you up on your words?

            If he didn’t solicit money from Auburn (and I’m not even saying Auburn paid, dude! There’s certainly no allegation that they did!) then why wouldn’t he say so?

      • Hogbody Spradlin

        Jim Tressel would be proud of you Ward.

        • Puffdawg

          Indeed.

        • WarD Eagle

          Harvey Updyke would be proud of you Hogbody.

          • Go Dawgs!

            Seriously? You’re comparing someone daring to question your school based on a growing pile of anecdotal evidence to someone committing a heinous act of vandalism? Did you even go to Auburn, Ward? Because you’re giving Auburn grads a bad name with garbage like that. I know and respect many Auburn graduates, as I grew up in Columbus and many of my friends ended up matriculating on the Plains. To a man, they all admit that things around Cecil Newton smell fishy. And they deny tooth and nail that Auburn paid money, and that’s fine. The fact is, if Cecil asked anyone attached to Auburn for money, then Cam was ineligible to play there. Auburn would have knowingly played an ineligible player at that point (or they would have played a player that they should have known was ineligible due to not monitoring boosters or some NCAA crap). And there is certainly reason to suspect that he did. Cecil Newton clearly had his hand out where his son was concerned, by his own admission. That’s the problem. If Cecil asked for money from MSU, why wouldn’t he ask for money from Auburn? And when you have him passing up the opportunity to directly refute that allegation in a story like this, instead responding with lawyer speak for NO reason (no reason at all, really, because if he’s denied it to the NCAA, why wouldn’t he deny it to a reporter? There’s no possible way it blows back on him if he issues a one-line denial to a reporter in Charlotte).

            Now, if that bothers you so much, then stop reading the comments here, because the logical high ground rests on this side of the argument. It’s not like poisoning a tree. It’s not vandalizing a college campus. It’s stating the very reasonable suspicion which many reasonable people have.

  7. Tenn_Dawg

    This cat is a preacher so he does not want to lie. Surely you guys can understand that. Seriously though this is really sad. You would think that the guy would want to stand up and tell the truth if he did not in fact solicit money from Auburn. I guess if the NCAA makes a mistake in their investigation and determines he was banging those Tiger chicks that are on the payroll he will own up to it even if it isn’t true then.

    My thoughts are that he knows what he did. He knows it will not come out until a year or so after the Feds case is wrapped up so the NCAA can nibble on those morsels. By that time his son will be a millionaire and that one year at Auburn will be a long way back in the rear view mirror.

  8. How about a simple, “I am not going to comment on that,” Cecil? I still can’t figure out how someone this inept has gotten away with merely a slap on the proverbial wrist.

  9. Hogbody Spradlin

    Cecil is using a variation of the Alex Hawkins technique: that’s their story and I’m sticking to it. Keep that post on file & see what he says when the NCAA actually has some findings.

  10. JaxDawg

    Cecil Newton is a preacher just like Jesse and Al are preachers. 2 of the 3 will find themselves in a special place in hell while Cecil will himself in a special NCAA hell, even if it takes 5 years.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Nothing bad will happen to Cecil until he meets his maker. The NCAA can’t do anything to him or Cam now. Auburn might get nailed 5 years from now but only if the Feds have wiretap evidence that proves Cam and Cecil either solicited or actually took money from Auburn. The chickenshit NCAA wouldn’t have done anything about USC and Bush except for the fact that the thing became public knowledge and they had to.

  11. Normaltown Mike

    C’mon Senator. The NCAA has cleared the Newtons. Is there any higher law than the NCAA?

    Cecil is a Bishop, he would know…

  12. Spike

    OJ Simpson would be proud of Cecil.

    • PhillyDawg

      Cecil is currently penning a book called “If I solicited money from Auburn and Mississippi State”.

  13. 69Dawg

    Well at least he didn’t use the tried and true “I can neither confirm nor deny the allegations” that PR guys are famous for.

  14. AusDawg85

    “He’s played for so long for free that anything we make, man, is a blessing.”

    To Ward and the others, this is probably the most transparent and truthful statement made by Cecil. He did solicit MSU, probably didn’t get a deal with Auburn but protected Cammy from NCAA sanctions, and now will get “his” millions.

    Karma would have Cam’s legal counsel shield his income from any access by the good Reverend.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      The whole damned thing was one continuous lie. Remember when Auburn said that Cecil was being banned from the program and all that guff was made about how Cecil couldn’t go to the BCSNCG? Immediately after the game the TV people were showing Cecil sitting in a seat in one of the exclusive private boxes. Regular seats were going for $1,000 who knows what that box seat would cost–$5,000, $10,000, who knows? I wonder how ol’ Cecil got a private box seat since he was banned? Who paid for it since Cecil was supposed to be broke? Did Auburn give him the seat? One lie after another.