Now that we’ve had about 24 hours to process the NCAA ruling on Cam Newton’s immediate eligibility let’s take a look at what some other outlets are reporting about the news.
First, if you are still trying to wrap your brain around what exactly the ruling means, the fine folks at Deadspin (You, know, the guys that publish text messages from Brett Farve) have posted a simple summary in laymen’s terms and sans the legalese.
Jon Solomon writes for the Birmingham news and says this ruling creates a huge loophole in NCAA legislation that could be problematic if it’s not addressed.
“This could send the message that as long as parents keep their child in the dark, they have free reign to market the child to different institutions without any risk of eligibility concerns,” said Birmingham attorney Mike Ermert, who represented Alabama in 1994 against the NCAA.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive explained to Clay Travis at Fanhouse.com why the league ruled Newton didn’t violate any bylaws. In essence Newton was absolved of any wrong doing because he allegedly had no direct knowledge his father was using him in a pay-to-play scheme. Slive said there was no precedent for a case like this and added he’s aware of the loophole this ruling has created.
“To the extent that the current legislation is not thorough enough, we are going to work to get national legislation passed to close this loophole,” Slive said.