I think we should file an emergency appeal to be reinstated, effective immediately, for a bowl game THIS YEAR, using the Newton decision as precedent. The Pac-10 bowls could certainly use an extra eligible team. And although we’d undoubtedly lose, we’d make the NCAA look like asses in the process.
I haven’t read anything in detail or followed this all that closely, so I could be totally off on this: the only difference I can see is that maybe Auburn, the Newtons, all involved parties, etc. fully cooperated with and disclosed whatever they knew to the NCAA throughout this process, unlike USC/Bush? Is this already case closed or is it possible that the investigation could continue and retroactively force Auburn to forfeit games/eligibility?
I suspect that’s bullshit, though, and USC should immediately file an appeal if this is going to stand for Auburn. It’s especially egregious that Dillon Baxter had to sit out a game because of a golf cart incident, while Cam Newton is untouched. Hell, even an Alabama PA staffer didn’t get away with playing “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Take the Money and Run” during pregame.
I think USC should send the NCAA an appeal immediately. With that appeal, they should include a nice lawsuit.
I think 100 Million dollars in compensatory damages. Given the NCAA sanction will have at least a 10 year impact on the program (with recruitment cycles etc. it has already had at least a 5 year impact on the program) And I don’t think it is unreasonable to assume the decision will cost USC around 10 million per year.
In addition, the Trojan in me would like to see them seek an additional 900 million in punitive damages. Though I admit that is ludicrous, it’s fun to say “One Billion Dollars”…
It is unfortunate that I cannot think of any criminal charges the justice department might be able to pursue.
Is the NCAA saying that their investigation is concluded? Cam Newton’s dad acted “alone” without Cam Newton’s knowledge to solicit money from various institutions for Cam’s commitment? How could he be working without Cam Newton’s knowledge if Cameron Newton, an adult, is selecting the university that he is going to attend? I guess his dad just guessed really good, and conned those idiots at Auburn out of $200k (or more). But good for him.
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