If Cam Newton is the most outstanding player in college football, should some (alleged) illegal activities prevent him from winning an award that is earned on the playing field? I say no. Consider this, Reggie Bush won the Heisman in 2005, and he took money while playing at USC. Yes, he gave the award back but no one asked him to do so. If Newton did take money, which I personally do not condone, that is just a tiny fraction of the money and hype that is being generated for Auburn, the SEC and all of college football.
As far as cheating goes, obviously it’s not the right thing to do. But, Cam Newton is not going to his classes to learn life skills or for his own personal development. He is going to class, if he even does, just to bide his time until Saturday. English or any other college class will not help him next year in the NFL.
The Heisman stands not for character but for quantity. Quantity in terms of production; yards gained and touchdowns scored and most importantly, as in number of wins. Cam Newton is doing a ridiculously good job of all of these. Almost single-handily carrying his team to a birth in the national championship game. The Heisman is not an award that is based on morals or standards. It is about recognizing the most outstanding college football player during that year.