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And now more junk about Cam Newton

According to the ever-popular "sources," he was on the verge being expelled from Florida for cheating on multiple tests, and that's really why he bailed.

Auburn today labeled the allegations as "sad.'

I agree. The whole thing is sad, frankly.

Here's the deal: Whatever Newton did or didn't do, it's ancient history. And it has no bearing, for me, anyway, on what he's doing now; so far he's apparently got a clean sheet, academically and otherwise, at Auburn. So, as I've said before, if I had a Heisman vote, it would go to him because he's hands-down the best player in the country.

Unfortunately, the shadow of the Reggie Bush debacle looms large. So whether or not any of the allegations floating aorund Newton are true, the very fact they're floating around will (prediction alert) likely cost him the Heisman. No one's going to run the risk of having to yank the award like they did with Bush, so if there's any question at all about Newton, voters are likely to shy away.

That's too bad -- because it rewards some pretty despicable behavior if this turns out to be nothing but a smear campaign against the kid.

Ben Smith's blog.