Caylin Newton, brother of Cam Newton, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce he would be leaving Howard and entering the NCAA transfer portal. He sat down with The Undefeated to discuss his decision.
“While I’m playing football, I want to be able to compete at the highest level and compete for a championship,” Newton said.
That is unlikely to happen at Howard as the Bison were 1-3 to start the season with Newton under center and 12-13 over the course of his career.
After the first four games of the season, Newton did not play in Howard’s fifth game against Bethune-Cookman. By playing only four games, Newton can redshirt this season under the new redshirt rules. He will remain enrolled at Howard and finish his degree before transferring.
As a graduate transfer after a redshirt year, Newton will maintain two years of eligibility.
Newton’s announcement came on the same day as three other players announced they were transferring and on the same day HBCU Gameday published a story of parents accusing head coach Ron Prince of verbally abusing and intimidating Howard players. The article contains an anonymous letter that was sent to Howard’s president, athletic director, the MEAC and the NCAA.
The University is reportedly investigating those allegations against Prince. As noted by The Undefeated, Newton would not discuss the circumstances surrounding his transfer or the coaching staff.
“Our decision is not an indictment of Howard,” Cecil Newton, Caylin’s father said. “I want to go on the record that they have met and exceeded our expectations for academic college life.”
At Howard, Caylin pulled off the biggest point-spread upset in history, downing UNLV despite being 45-point underdogs. He was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year in 2017 and the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2018.
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