Tag:Cam Newton
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:56 am

Vandy keeping fingers crossed on Malzahn

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Yesterday the Washington Post reported that Gus Malzahn had accepted an offer to become the next head coach at Vanderbilt.  The news generally led to three reactions.  People either thought it was a great hire for Vanderbilt, wondered what the hell Malzahn was thinking, or, if you were an Auburn fan, will Malzahn be sticking around for the title game?

Well, it seems we all reacted a bit too quickly.  Apparently the Post report was a bit premature, because according to Vanderbilt, Malzahn hasn't accepted anything yet.  Though the school is crossing its fingers super hard hoping that he does decide to accept it soon.
Vanderbilt denied a report Sunday that it had hired Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn as its next head football coach.
But director of communications Rod Williamson said Vanderbilt hopes the report would be accurate very soon.

Word from Auburn is that Malzahn is still weighing his options.  

It is a bit of a tough call for Malzahn to make, as if the reports are true, and Vandy is guaranteeing him $3 million a year, it's hard to turn that money down.  On the other hand, what has proven harder over time, is winning at Vanderbilt.  Another factor Malzahn may be considering, at least I would be if I were him, is the fact that his star will never shine brighter than it is right now as an offensive coordinator.  I think it's safe to say that after everything he's had to deal with this season, Cam Newton will not be coming back next season, and as good a coach as Malzahn is, having Newton makes him look even better.

Should Auburn struggle next season, odds are Malzahn won't get any offer nearly as lucrative as the one Vanderbilt is reportedly offering him.
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Posted on: December 12, 2010 3:18 pm


Posted by Adam Jacobi

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Here's today's Photo Phun Kontest, and it comes to us from the CBS NFL studio. See if you can figure out who just won the Heisman Trophy yesterday, and who didn't!

(screencap via the indispensable Mock Session )

Posted on: December 12, 2010 1:51 am
Edited on: December 12, 2010 2:18 am

Heisman voting breakdown, region-by-region

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here are the final Heisman voting numbers for this year's balloting.


  • 1. Cam Newton , 379
  • 2. Andrew Luck , 168
  • 3. LaMichael James , 162
  • 4. Kellen Moore , 113


  • 1. Cam Newton, 379
  • 2. Andrew Luck, 187
  • 3. LaMichael James, 143
  • 4. Kellen Moore, 108


  • 1. Cam Newton, 418
  • 2. Andrew Luck, 158
  • 3. LaMichael James, 152
  • 4. Kellen Moore, 81


  • 1. Cam Newton, 384
  • 2. Andrew Luck, 176
  • 3. LaMichael James, 158
  • 4. Kellen Moore, 103


  • 1. Cam Newton, 356
  • 2. Andrew Luck, 192
  • 3. LaMichael James, 145
  • 4. Kellen Moore, 95


  • 1. Cam Newton, 347
  • 2. Andrew Luck, 198
  • 3. LaMichael James, 156
  • 4. Kellen Moore, 135

The complete lack of a regional bias is, to say the least, astonishing; not only was this Cam Newton's award the entire way, but Andrew Luck is now the prohibitive favorite for the 2011 Heisman. Take that observation for the little amount it's worth -- Mark Ingram was a sophomore Heisman winner just last year, and he was hardly a factor in this year's voting, after all -- but if Luck returns for his junior year or James comes back for his senior campaign, Oregon - Stanford will clearly be the most anticipation-worthy game on 2011's schedule all of a sudden.

It's also pretty amazing that this universal consensus of Heisman voters didn't appear to affect the Football Writers' Association of America, who didn't find it necessary to vote Newton onto any of their All-American teams that were released today. It would be interesting to see the overlap of Heisman voters and FWAA voters; after all, there's much more language about off-field behavior built into the Heisman Trophy's stipulations than into thoe of the All-American teams, and yet Newton was clearly punished far more on All-America voting than on Heisman voting. Why?

Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:45 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2010 1:48 pm

Who Is OJ voting for? [VIDEO]

Posted by Chip Patterson

[Two Minutes with Bomani Jones is a weekly web series by the host of The Morning Jones on Score Radio - Sirius Chanel 98. I produce the episodes, so yeah, there's that.  Enjoy this take on the Cam Newton Heisman discussion.]

Tonight, the Heisman trust will hand its signature statue off to another young superstar of the college game.  More than likely, that superstar will be Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.  With odds stacked heavily in his favor, this thing seems signed, sealed, and delivered already.  With the swirling NCAA investigation, Newton's eligibility questions have led many voters to leave Newton off their ballot.  They have gone on to make their opinion heard, claiming to support the "integrity" clause of the Heisman mission.  Integrity?  Really?

In the recent Two Minutes with Bomani Jones, we ask the question on everyone's mind during this controversial voting process.

Who is O.J. voting for?

Posted on: December 10, 2010 11:11 am

Trial delayed in Alabama for BCS title game

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It happened last year when Alabama made it to Pasadena to play for a crystal football, so it's no surprise that it's happened again now that Auburn has advanced to Glendale to do the same: a scheduled trial in the most college football-mad state in he union has been delayed by a federal judge so that one of the lawyers involved can attend the BCS National Championship Game. As the Birmingham News reports:
Michael Mulvaney, one of the attorneys representing the Hartford Fire Insurance Co. in a civil case in federal court in Mobile, filed a motion Wednesday requesting that a trial scheduled for January begin on Jan. 17 or be continued to February in light of the championship game.

"As a life-long Auburn fan, I am asking the Court for grace and mercy to allow me to take my family (wife and 3 daughters) to the game, which is set for January 10, 2011 ... " Mulvaney writes in his motion ... "Since the last National Championship Game for Auburn was 1957 (and I was born in 1965) it is fair to say that this is a once in a life-time opportunity," Mulvaney wrote. "Without Cam Newton (or Nick Saban as our coach) it is hard to imagine this ever happening again."
There are many remarkable details included in the story. A few of them:

1. Mulvaney included several photos of his daughters wearing Auburn clothing as part of his argument. The ruling judge cited "Exhibit A," a portrait of his youngest in an Auburn cheerleading outfit, as reason to delay the trial.

2. As an Auburn fan herself, the judge claimed a "unique understanding" of Mulvaney's complaint.

3. The mention of Nick Saban as a coach more likely to take his team to the national title game was included, Mulvaney said, "in case the judge was an Alabama fan."

4. The other lawyers involved in the case -- one of which was an Alabama fan who acknowledged that a similar request was granted last year -- seemed universally in agreement that the trial should be delayed.

It seems reductive and stereotypical to say "only in Alabama" ... but until the legal system starts taking its cues from the college football schedule somewhere else in the country, it's also probably only fair.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 6:42 pm

Cecil Newton will miss Heisman Trophy ceremony

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Cecil Newton , the father of Auburn quarterback (and prohibitive Heisman favorite) Cam Newton , announced today in a statement through his lawyer that he will not attend this weekend's Heisman Trophy ceremony. Here's the full text of his statement, via al.com:

"The events to take place in New York at the Heisman Trophy ceremony this weekend will serve as a crowning moment for the athletes and their families alike.

"For all of my fifty years of life, coupled with 25 years of marriage, I have made an exhausting attempt to be a good husband, father, and generally a good person of integrity. The past 60 days have caused all that my family worked to accomplish to come into question."

"So that my son Cam Newton can receive all the honors and congratulations that he has worked so hard to accomplish and without distraction, I have decided not to be in attendance at the Heisman ceremony, as it will perhaps rob Cam and the event of a sacred moment."

Now, technically, Cecil's original statement is here; we've chosen to reprint the modified version, since ALL-CAPS isn't very enjoyable to read. But if you want ALL-CAPS, by all means, be our guest and read that instead. Same words, just sort of shoutier.

Back to the point at hand, however, this is a wise move by Cecil. He would absolutely be a distraction at the event, and a constant reminder that the Cam Newton saga is currently (and likely forever) inexorably tied to his father and the large sums of money his father sought. It's a shame, but it's the truth. Without Cecil around, Cam is at least a little freer to just be the football player winning the Heisman in viewers' eyes, and that's all the ceremony ought to be about.

Posted on: December 9, 2010 12:20 pm

Terrelle Pryor could dominate, prefers winning

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Terrelle Pryor hasn't made much of a secret of the fact he's felt a bit disrespected this season.  He started the season as a Heisman contender, but quickly fell off the radar thanks to guys like fellow quarterbacks Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore.  Heck, Pryor wasn't even named to the Big Ten All Conference teams, instead being passed over for guys like Denard Robinson, Scott Tolzien and Dan Persa.  Which was something he's already voiced his displeasure over via Twitter.

It's obvious that this all bothers Pryor, whether he wants to admit it or not, because it seems like every chance he gets to tell somebody that he's better he takes it.  This time Pryor was talking to the Chicago Tribune when the topic of those other quarterbacks came up, and he made sure to point out that if he was in a different type of offense than the one they run at Ohio State, he'd be dominating college football.

"I'll put it like this: You put me in any of their offenses — any of them — and I'd dominate," Pryor said. "I'd dominate the nation. What those guys do, that's what they're supposed to do in their offense.

"They carry the ball 30 times a game. I carry the ball maybe five times. There are times I didn't even run the ball in a game. You put me in any of their offenses, where I can run the ball and have a choice to throw, I would dominate college football."

This is where I point out to Pryor that he could have been in one of those offenses had he chose to.  After all, he was being recruited at Michigan too, but chose Ohio State.  Which Pryor is fully aware of, but at the end of the day he makes sure to point out that while he may not receive all the accolades that the others do, there's only one thing he really cares about.

"People get into the statistical thing, and at the end of the day, what's the statistic that really matters?" Pryor said.

"We could have done better, but I'm 30-4. I want nothing else but to win. If I was having a lot of stats and I was losing, I would really be kind of mad. My competitive nature wants just to win, by any means. By any means, win. That's all I really care about, to tell you the truth, man."

Which is nice to hear, but it's obviously not the whole truth.  I'm sure Pryor cares a lot about winning, but if it's the only thing he cares about, why is he spending so much time complaining about everything else?
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