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I've appreciated having the opportunity to read all the entries in this thread. I've been telling anyone who'll listen a similar version of what I think happened concerning how the interaction between Cecil and Kenny must have gone based on the NCAA decisions (Cecil screwed up, Cam was declared ineligible and then immediately ruled eligible due to mitigating circumstances) and the fact that coaches at other schools recruiting Cam have gone on the record stating that no one associated with Cam asked for anything inappropriate. The only way those facts can be reconciled would be if Kenny or someone else connected to Ms St was the instigator, Cecil was involved in the discussion or discussions but, at some point realized his mistake and then told Cam he couldn't go to Ms St because the fact that they offered money "was too much". If Cecil was really "shopping" Cam around, stories from other schools would have surfaced by now. I agree with others above in that I think it's a Cam and family decision.
Whether Cecil is there or not really doesn't matter. I don't think the media can hurt Cam or Auburn any more than it already has unless more facts surface. Personally, I think it would be a very powerful statement if Cam wanted his father at the announcement, if he, in fact, does. Cam and his father embracing after he's announced as the winner would speak volumes.
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I am torn as well:
On one side, I see a father and son's relationship being one of the most endearing two humans can have on this small planet. Not having the man who raised you in the crowd would be a personal travesty for Cam, I think. I know it would be for me and since i don't know either individual, I can only base my judgment on my own person experiences.
On the other side, I see a father making one bad decision so why follow it with another by attending something that the media is setting him up for, in order to knock him down. Don't think for two seconds that this will not become some instant media classic for people who don't know the details or the people to judge them. This IS what it will turn into.
So, after the facts are weighted, despite all this I have said above, the only reason his father would not attend the ceremony is to save face personally. Like that matters to him now. He is already been through the ringer for the last month. Not much to salvage. The other, is to keep the Auburn name out of the head lines. Well folks, this is a personal award, not an Auburn award, like some would believe. He got this award with Auburn's help, but Auburn didn't give him a cannon for a arm or be able to run like a gazelle. He got it from his mama and daddy. That is why I think he should go. Why wouldn't he? For you? For me? It's nothing to do with either.
On a side note, I am sure he is very appreciative of the help he received getting this award, if that is his fate. We preach family at Auburn, togetherness, and being "all in." How big of a hypocrite would we be if we fail to recognize this situation with the love of a father and son. Auburn and this season have already had a asterisk placed by it, what else can they really do. Regardless of whether his father attends or not, this whole business is not going to go away. I say smile, watch your son, hug/kiss him when it's over, and show everyone in America why family is more important then some SOB with a notepad and a twitter account. FYI, my father never missed a single game of mine from baseball, basketball, to football, rain or shine since I was old enough to remember such things and it mattered to me, always will, that's the point.
This post was edited by auman365 on 12/8/2010 at 10:05 PM
I'll support any decision that Cam makes on this one. We obviously don't know all the facts. Cam's done nothing but great things for Auburn University.
Auburn people feel a deep and passionate responsibility to uphold standards not written on paper, but lived from the heart.
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