Only Auburn and Cam Newton know what really happened. If the program cheated to win the title, well, it wasn't the first. If it didn't, congratulations, just don't tell us there wasn't enough smoke there to raise doubts.

cdufresne@tribune.com

It's a flawed system

Paul Doyle


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What the Auburn case shows is how limited the NCAA is as a watchdog and investigative agency.

With no subpoena power, NCAA investigators were unable to force three former Auburn players from talking about alleged rules violations. These are the same former players who told their stories to HBO's "Real Sports," but only one cooperated with the NCAA.

So the NCAA did what it could. Investigators interviewed everyone who would cooperate and they came to a conclusion — Auburn didn't break any rules.

Are we satisfied? We have no choice. It's a flawed system, so we have no other option than to move on. That's life in college athletics.

pdoyle@tribune.com