Auburn AD Jacobs Defends Newton

Auburn University's athletic director, Jay Jacobs, is defending AU football star Cameron Newton as is Coach Gene Chizik.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs issued a statement on Tuesday defending the integrity of AU star quarterback Cameron Newton.

Media reports, quoting unnamed sources, have alleged that Newton was charged of academic code violations while playing for Florida coach Urban Meyer.

Coach Gene Chizik opened his regular Tuesday press conference supporting Newton and calling allegations against the quarterback's character "garbage." With federal privacy laws prohibiting the release of academic records, Chizik questioned how information regarding Newton's days as a University of Florida student ever got into media reports.

Chizik said Newton has excelled as an athlete at Auburn and has been just as impressive as a person since the day he arrived on campus. Chizik called Newton "a great human being who comes from a great family."

He said that if you go back to his youth football coaches, to junior high coaches, to high school coaches to junior college coaches, they have a high opinion of Newton as a person just like Auburn's coaching staff does.

Jacobs made this statement: "In the past 24 hours, a lot of allegations have surfaced that date back two years ago and further. These allegations and rumors about Cam Newton are unfortunate and sad because they seem intent on tearing down the reputation of a young man who has done everything we've asked him to do. Cam has been and continues to be completely honest with us.

Newton runs the football for the Tigers.

"Cam is, by all accounts, a great kid. Any discussion of academic records is a clear violation of federal privacy laws. We will not go down that path or stoop to that level as others have apparently done.

"We will, however, emphatically say that Cam is eligible to play football at Auburn University both academically and athletically. I am proud of this young man and the progress he has made to be a better football player and a better man. We are truly blessed that Cam is a part of the Auburn family, and we support him 100 percent."

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