2010 college football scandal of the year will always be just memories or speculations for college football fans. $180,000 was never an infamous money amount until Mississippi State claimed Cam Newtons' father, pastor Cecil Newton, was shopping his son for around that amount. Which became the reason (alleged outbidding) why the junior college championship QB chose to go to Auburn instead of his homestate college of Mississippi State.
Was the money laundered into Cecil Newton's church, Holy Zion Center of Deliverance, in Newman, Georgia? Was Mississippi State feeling scored by Cam Newton and made haunting allegations that would remain with Cam, and college football, forever? All we heard from investigators outside of the NCAA case was "follow the money." So all eyes have been on the first question's subject, Cecil Newton's church. According to Ray Glier for USA Today, that church remains without a gold plated podium or refurbished seats like it has always been.
If Cam Newton's money -- the legal variety from the Carolina Panthers -- was going to make the church flush, it is slow arriving. There is plywood across the front of the building. A pick axe lies against the wall. A single rose bush blooms in front. A front walkway is dug out ready for concrete to be poured.
The concrete will set faster than the slow-moving dough. There is work being done and maybe some of the $22 million Newton received from his Panthers' contract is helping the so-far modest repairs. Inside, there is wiring being put up and drywall looks fresh, but there is nothing extravagant.Either there was no money or Cecil Newton learned very well from Denzel Washington, as famous Blue Magic drug dealer Frank Lucas, from American Gangster, and continues to stay low-key on his alleged illegal fortunes (laundering). Although Cecil and the Newton family has now came across legal fortunes once Heisman winner Cam Newton signed that first-overall contract with the Carolina Panthers, the church still remains low-key.
The scandal of 2010 is dead. Auburn and the NCAA have yet to break ground in the case past the allegations.
Once Danny Sheridan embarrassed himself by claiming that he, along with the NCAA, knows the name of the $180,000 "church donator." The NCAA publicly shamed Sheridan by stating they "had no name," which forced him to apologize for lying. That became the day the Cam Newton case went cold once again. Always to remain open for college football people to remember or speculate about, but would never be a closed, solved, case.
In the meantime, Cam Newton will make his debut in a real NFL game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. While, at the college level, the first Cam Bowl (fans have titled the game) will take place post-Cam Newton. When the Auburn Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs face eachother Saturday, September 10, at lunchtime.
Anyone want to bet $180,000 that Cam will watch?
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