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Cam Newton's academic record at Florida called into question; Meyer denies involvement

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November

The controversy surrounding Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton continues to grow.

After reports surfaced last week that someone tried to broker money from schools to sign Newton, the former Florida quarterback is now accused of being involved in academic misconduct while at Florida, including turning in a paper he did not write.

FoxSports.com is reporting that Newton left Florida because he was involved in a cheating scandal, not because he knew he wasn't going to get an opportunity to play when former QB Tim Tebow decided to stay for his senior season - which is the reason Newton has been giving since his star began to rise at Auburn. Newton is widely considered the Heisman Trophy frontrunner right now, and has led Auburn to a 10-0 record.

Academic records are protected by federal law, but FoxSports cites unnamed sources in the story. 

Meanwhile, speculation continues to grow about Florida coach Urban Meyer's involvement in Newton's troubles.  Last week Meyer denied allegations that he was involved in a phone conversation with Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and former MSU quarterback John Bond about alleged recruiting violations involving Newton.

And today, Meyer emphatically denied any involvement in the disclosure of Newton's academic records.

“Our entire focus right now is on preparing for our biggest game of the year against South Carolina,'' Meyer said. "For anyone to think that I or anyone on our staff may have leaked information about private student records to the media doesn't know us very well. It’s a ridiculous claim and simply not true.”

The full story here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 11:23am]

    

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