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January 15, 2013

Cam Newton back at Auburn to work on sociology degree

Cam Newton is hitting the books this offseason.

The Panthers quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner is back at Auburn completing his sociology degree, an Auburn athletics department spokesman said.

Kirk Sampson, assistant athletic director for media relations, said he did not know how far along Newton was in completing his degree. A minimum requirement of 120 credit hours is required to receive a sociology degree from Auburn, according to the school's official website.

Newton attended Auburn for both semesters in 2010 after attending the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008 and transferring to Blinn College, a junior college in Texas, in January 2009.

Spring semester classes at Auburn began on Jan. 9, and Newton’s first day was Tuesday. Sampson said Newton does not want to do interviews but rather focus on “blending in and being a normal student.”

A Facebook page for Auburn fans had posted four pictures of Newton on Auburn's campus Tuesday wearing sweats and headphones around his neck.

Newton isn’t the only Panthers’ player back at school this offseason. Rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly is back at Boston College to finish his marketing degree at BC’s Carroll School of Management. He told the Observer on Dec. 31 he would need two semesters to complete his degree.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on January 15, 2013 at 04:12 PM | Permalink


they be good to here. i need to go back and get mines. -s

Posted by: Stankonya | Jan 15, 2013 4:43:25 PM

That's awesome! I love to read about athletes who finish their studies. Good job Cam and Luke!

Posted by: The SEC | Jan 15, 2013 5:12:59 PM

Maybe they'll give him his old job back ,or maybe he's taking Leadership & Maturity classes.

Posted by: Cecil Newton | Jan 15, 2013 6:19:11 PM

Cam and Luke need to focus on improving at their jobs, and worry about school after they are no longer with the panthers organization. They should of thought of that before they decided to leave school early. We are trying to win a Superbowl!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Jan 15, 2013 10:56:02 PM

y'all are some shallow people its good these guys are trying become educated and better themselves they can only play football but so long.

Posted by: Amir Lowery | Jan 16, 2013 10:32:11 AM

y'all are some shallow people its good these guys are trying become educated and better themselves they can only play football but so long.

Posted by: Amir Lowery | Jan 16, 2013 10:32:14 AM

Nice choice in Sociology. That is a degree that can help broaden your view of the world and help build multiple perspectives of your fellow humankind. Translates into becoming a better teammate because he will have a fluid understanding of his surroundings, and most importantly he can understand better how to become a bigger community voice and leader. Good Luck Cam!

Posted by: Tim | Jan 16, 2013 2:50:46 PM

This is better yhan sitting around and getting fat. Let,s face it , there both looking for girlfriends. College is better than a bar! Now if they meet acollege girl in a bar like me at UNCW, well congrats!

Posted by: chuck wagon | Jan 16, 2013 7:39:26 PM

I presume Cam paid for his own laptop this time?

Posted by: George Hanson | Jan 16, 2013 10:03:20 PM

It's so bad that so many people can't find anything good to say about Cam or others. I pray for the negative people and ask God to give you a life. You must hate yourself, I pray that God will change your heart, so that you will love mankind and of course yourself!!!!!

Posted by: Dee | Jan 16, 2013 10:54:11 PM

In this day and age money can be a huge factor in the minds of our youth. Cam is making multiple millions on his contract not to mention endorsements. He could just as easily say he has what every man wants....money. When he gets married and has children it will solidify his stance in his kids eyes that he made education a priority. We have all done stupid things as kids (i saw a laptop comment above) but we are not defined by those actions. All of us have cheated, stolen, lied and made general mistakes in one way shape or form. I applaud Cam and Luke for fulfilling their mental play book as opposed to being one trick pony's. For all the haters, put yourself in their shoes. If you made that kind of money at "20, 21, 22, 23" years of age would you really give a heck about college! Kudos Cam and Luke, you are aspiring to be honorable humans, not just athletes.

Posted by: hindu | Jan 17, 2013 10:23:58 AM

Great model for my young son, who is becoming a Bama fan living here in Tuscaloosa but loves Cam because of our North Carolina roots. At Cam's age, it is not too late to change his off-the-field legacy, and this is a great move. Hopefully, it is also a genuine move. Whatever his motives, a liberal arts education, if approached correctly, can broaden one's mind, help one understand others, and prepare a person to navigate almost any culture. Love what the gentleman above noted about Sociology.

Posted by: HeelinTuscaloosa | Jan 18, 2013 7:24:58 AM

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