The NCAA ruled today that Auburn QB Cam Newton is now eligible to play on Saturday and to participate in the BCS National Title game if Auburn wins the SEC championship game. This comes after Newton was ruled ineligible on Tuesday for violation of amateurism rules.
Today, on appeal, the NCAA ruled that Cam Newton had no knowledge of the pay-to-play scheme that allegedly involved his father and Kenny Rogers as a representative. The NCAA further ruled that no money changed hands in the attempted scheme. Newton was ruled eligible after the NCAA said they found no evidence of his participation in the scheme and unless further evidence should come to light, he will be eligible to play Saturday and in any future bowl games for Auburn.
Cam Newton's father Cecil had his access to the Auburn program limited, though the NCAA did not explain exactly what that meant. Kenny Rogers was disassociated from his alma mater Mississpi State. Rogers lawyer has said he will appeal part of the ruling that states that he solicited a payment on the elder Newton's behalf. Rogers claims that that statement is false.
As for Cam Newton, this ruling by the NCAA clears the way for his play on Saturday and in any future Auburn bowl game. It also clears the path that will almost surely find him in the running for the Heisman Trophy. For Cam it looks like the old saying, you can't pick your parents applies here. As for Cam though, it's game on.