Since I know nobody reading here is going to rush out and buy Gene Chizik’s memoirs, let me just end the suspense for you right now: he was never worried about losing Cam Newton to suspension.
“If we’d had any level of concern regarding Cameron’s eligibility, we would not have put him on the field and risked forfeiting games for playing an ineligible player,” he wrote.
Hurp… durp… wait a minute… wasn’t… oh, yeah.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is eligible to play in the SEC title game this weekend, though the NCAA says his father broke rules by shopping his son to another school.
The NCAA released its finding in a statement Wednesday. The college sports governing body had concluded Monday that a violation of Newton’s amateur status had occurred. Auburn declared Newton ineligible Tuesday and requested his eligibility be reinstated.
I’ve given up trying to parse this. Besides, Chizik only devotes two pages out of the entire 282-page magnum opus to the Newton story. If he doesn’t think it’s a big deal, why should we?