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How Is Cam Newton Eligible?

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Before I post anything here, I try and make sure I understand everything fully. But I really need your help this time around. I don’t understand how Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is an eligible student-athlete.

On Wednesday, a day after Auburn ruled that Newton was ineligible and filed a request for reinstatement to the NCAA, the NCAA ruled that Newton was eligible.

While the investigation is still going on the NCAA did make one thing perfectly known: “According to facts of the case agreed upon by Auburn University and the NCAA enforcement staff, the student-athlete’s father and an owner of a scouting service worked together to actively market the student-athlete as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton’s commitment to attend college and play football.”