Cam Newton Caught Cheating at UF Three Times???

9 Nov

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was facing possible expulsion from the University of Florida for academic cheating when he transferred to junior college in the spring of 2009, FoxSports.com reported on Monday.

Newton, a Heisman Trophy front-runner, is said to have been caught cheating three times, including putting his name on someone else’s paper without that student’s knowledge.

Newton attended Florida in 2007 and 2008 before transferring to Blinn College, a junior college in Texas.

Newton decided to leave Florida following a November 2008 arrest after he bought a stolen computer. The charges were dropped last December when he completed a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders.

According to FoxSports.com, Newton again violated the university’s honor code by putting his name on another student’s paper and turning it in. Newton was caught after the instructor asked the real author of the paper why he had not turned in his work.

Newton turned in a second paper to the instructor, but that paper was later found to have been purchased off the Internet, according to FoxSports.com. He was to appear for a hearing in front of Florida’s Student Conduct Committee during the spring semester of 2009, but instead transferred to Blinn College.

Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, told FoxSports.com, “I wasn’t there. I cannot confirm or deny. At a time like this, I’m taking a defensive posture.”

The cheating revelations come after ESPN.com reported last week that a man claiming to represent Newton during the quarterback’s recruitment out of Blinn College last year allegedly sought payments in the range of $200,000 to secure Newton’s signature on a national letter-of-intent. Newton’s father and Auburn have denied any wrongdoing in the quarterback’s recruitment.

The NCAA is reviewing allegations that a man allegedly tried to secure payment from Mississippi State during Newton’s recruitment.

After throwing for a career-high 317 yards and four touchdowns against Chattanooga on Saturday, Newton again professed his innocence.

“I haven’t done anything wrong,” Newton said. “I’m an Auburn athlete, and I’m still playing for Auburn. I love Auburn, and that’s all I’ve got to say.”
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