Slive: NCAA's Newton ruling fair based on evidence

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says the
established facts of the Cam Newton case merited the NCAA's swift
reinstatement of the Auburn quarterback.

Slive told The Associated Press Saturday in a phone interview
hours before the SEC championship game in Atlanta the priority for
the NCAA reinstatement committee "is to determine what's fair to
the student-athlete."

He says he supports Newton leading No. 2 Auburn against No. 18
South Carolina because there is currently "no evidence available"
that the Heisman favorite knew his father was seeking money for his
son to sign with Mississippi State - or that Cam Newton received
anything.

Slive, who calls Cecil Newton's conduct "reprehensible", also
says Newton should play because there's no indication Auburn was
involved in the pay-for-play scheme.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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