NCAA finds no major violations at Auburn
Anyone up for a second championship parade in Auburn?
The news pretty much assures this will not be a repeat of USC and Reggie Bush. Auburn will get to keep its 2010 BCS title and Cam Newton will keep his Heisman Trophy.
USC was forced to vacate its 2004 BCS championship after the school admitted to violations that made Bush an ineligible player that season. Bush was also stripped of his 2004 Heisman Trophy. USC received a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 football scholarships.
Last year, the NCAA determined Newton's father did break rules by shopping his son to Mississippi State, but there was no credible evidence Cam Newton or Auburn knew of the violation.
Here is the NCAA's statement on Auburn:
"After conducting more than 80 interviews, the NCAA has concluded its investigation into Auburn University. The NCAA enforcement staff is committed to a fair and thorough investigative process. As such, any allegations of major rules violations must meet a burden of proof, which is a higher standard than rampant public speculation online and in the media. The allegations must be based on credible and persuasive information and includes a good-faith belief that the Committee on Infractions could make a finding. As with any case, should the enforcement staff become aware of additional credible information, it will review the information to determine whether further investigation is warranted."
— Chris Dufresne