Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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Heisman Trophy voters got it right.

They overwhelmingly voted for the best player this season to win the prestigious award.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has been plagued by scandal for months, but there's no question he was the best college player out there this year.

Also, the NCAA cleared Newton of wrongdoing regarding his father's involvement in a pay-for-play scheme. Many people think it's hard to believe Cam didn't know what his father, Cecil, was up to, but without proof of Cam's involvement, it would be unfair to punish him or not award him the honor his play merited based off speculation.

Cecil Newton did wrong by his son and could have derailed his son's future. The Georgia minister now has to live with that. But Cam shouldn't pay for his father's poor choices. Punishing someone based on their family member's actions is something we usually frown on in America.

Who knows if any money ever changed hands or if Cecil Newton ever profited off his son's football skills? But the truth is that Cam likely was in no position to tell his dad what to do - and what not to do. Cecil Newton showed a definite lack of integrity, but that doesn't automatically mean Cam inherited that attribute. And until proven otherwise, it's unfair to treat him as if he did.

COWHERD TAKES A S.T.A.B AT CREATING A STIR

I have to give ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd credit. He knows how to get people talking.

On Thursday, a day after Urban Meyer announced he was stepping down as the Florida coach, Cowherd said he knew who was going to replace Meyer. He said he couldn't reveal it, but that the acronym S.T.A.B. would prove he knew once the new coach was named. Of course his comment created a frenzy, with the blogosphere going crazy trying to take a "stab" at figuring out Cowherd's cryptic hint. Some guesses included:

"[Nick] Saban tells Alabama bye. …

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