Tuesday, November 09, 2010

New at Rivals: UF Academic Sources: Nothing Reported To Us

I have a new story up at Rivals.com regarding today's Thayer Evans article at FoxSports.com. Here's a preview:

FoxSports.com writer Thayer Evans published a story today alleging Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton "had three different instances of academic cheating while attending the University of Florida."

According to Evans, "Newton was to appear for a hearing in front of Florida's Student Conduct Committee during the spring semester of 2009 but instead transferred to Blinn College. The committee could have levied sanctions against Newton that included suspension and expulsion from the university."

The story follows several days of editorial attacks on Newton by Thayer, a former stringer for the New York Times.

Two independent sources with detailed knowledge of the UF academic discipline system during the period in question have disputed the Evans story. According to the sources, no allegations of academic impropriety regarding Cam Newton were sent to the Florida Student Conduct Committee at any time either during or after Newton's time at UF.

"Nothing was reported, officially or unofficially" says one source, who did not wish to be identified. "The formal process is for allegations to go through the Student Conduct Committee. If [any allegations against Newton] didn't follow that process, then they didn't follow the rules."


Joe Blow said...


You might find Thayer's Tweets interesting, particularly one that he posted 30 minutes or so before the Thamel or ESPN pieces were released.

Thanks for playing, Cameron Newton.
4:30 PM Nov 4th via TweetDeck

His earlier posts regarding Auburn and Newton are quite telling as well.

AubTigerman said...

I just can't believe how so many grown men are gleefully doing all they can do to DESTROY a young college athlete.

The one common denominator in all of this though (expletive deletive) is that world renound garbage dispenser the N Y Times.

Respected journalist like Phillip Marshal, Mark Murphy, and the SI guys are ignored.