This Cam Newton situation gets messier by the day.
In the wake of Thursday's story about a man who allegedly tried to shop the star QB in the recruiting process comes a FoxSports.com report that Newton was facing possible expulsion from the University of Florida for academic cheating when he transferred to junior college in the spring of 2009:
- The cheating revelations come after ESPN.com reported last week that a man claiming to represent Newton during the quarterback's recruitment out of Blinn College last year allegedly sought payments in the range of $200,000 to secure Newton's signature on a national letter-of-intent. Newton's father and Auburn have denied any wrongdoing in the quarterback's recruitment. The NCAA is reviewing allegations that a man allegedly tried to secure payment from Mississippi State during Newton's recruitment.
After throwing for a career-high 317 yards and four touchdowns against Chattanooga on Saturday, Newton again professed his innocence. "I haven't done anything wrong," Newton said. "I'm an Auburn athlete, and I'm still playing for Auburn. I love Auburn, and that's all I've got to say."
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press Friday that Auburn has had "no contact whatsoever" with the man allegedly involved.
In truth, this is about as complicated a story as I can recall in college football. Many people, not just Auburn fans, questioned whether last week's story should've been published.