Before we kick Cam Newton out of college football and give both Auburn and maybe Florida the death penalty for their involvement in the Cam Newton affair might I remind my fellow board members that the media had an absolute field day at our expense following practice-gate. Here are some of the more lurid headlines one can find with a simple Google search:
"Why practice when you can cheat? - Bleacher Report
"Michigan football - the collapse of a storied program" - Opposing Views.com
"Time may not be on Michigan's side" -New York Times
"Massive cheating allegations against University of Michigan football" -Syndicate Times
"Three reasons why the Michigan cheating scandal is serious" - Bleacher Report
"Michigan football players confirm widespread cheating allegations against program" - ESPN
FWIW....all of these were published within 30 days of the initial Freep report as everyone jumped on the Michigan is cheating bandwagon. We were absolutely hammered nationally as a renegade program with complete disregard for the student-athletes on the team. The truth, however, turned out to be not quite as juicy as those that wanted to bring the program down had hoped.
To be clear here - I am not defending Cam Newton nor either program alleged to have involvement in his recruitment or class schedule. I simply asking for restraint in coming to a presumption of guilt based upon stories published on the Internet.
EDIT - I have no idea how those damn bleacher report banner ads got stuck against the bottom of my post. I blast them for God's sake so there is no way I want to give them any ad space on my time. If anyone knows how to get rid of them please let me or the mods know.
EDIT - Thank you whoever got those down.