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Cam Newton Investigation Not Over Yet, NCAA Tells Gene Chizik

Hello, friends. When last we'd checked in on this story, Cam Newton was denying he'd talked to his father about the NCAA's investigation into that alleged Mississippi State solicitation. That was in December. It is now July. Did you know it's July right now? Either way, case closed. Done deal. Move on.

But wait! The New York Times' Pete Thamel (whose reporting pretty much started this whole thing, by the way) says NCAA vice president for enforcement Julie Roe Lach personally told Auburn Tigers coach Gene Chizik the following a month ago on the matter of Newton: "You’ll know when we’re finished. And we're not finished."

This won't come as a surprise to anybody who actually paid attention to the story. Newton being found eligible late in the season didn't absolve Auburn itself. The school could still be found innocent of any foul play, but the journey isn't over yet.

The NCAA is understandably busy, with UNC, Ohio State and Oregon just the biggest items on its plate right now. But the Newton story remains the biggest college football story of 2010, and digging back into it could produce something at least as big as Jim Tressel's exit. Hang on, folks.

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