Scandal clouds Cam's Heisman hopes

Associated Press - November 10, 2010 6:24 PM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - Cam Newton was on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy - until about a week ago.

Now the Auburn quarterback is facing allegations that he and his family sought money for him to play at Mississippi State and that he cheated on his school work while a student at Florida.

Just two months after Reggie Bush returned his Heisman, voters for college football's most famous player of the year award have more than yards and touchdowns to consider.

Newton is averaging 114 yards rushing, is second in the nation in passer rating (182.8) and has accounted for 35 touchdowns for No. 2 Auburn.

Nineteen of 23 voters reached by the AP on Wednesday said they will judge Newton like any contender unless he is found to have broken rules and been declared ineligible by the NCAA.

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