CM Newton was a two sport athlete at the University of Kentucky where he played on Adolph Rupp’s 1951 National Championship team. His coaching career spanned 30 years at three institutions. He got his first coaching job in 1956 at Transylvania university on a recommendation from Rupp. He compiled a 169–137 record at Transylvania and in 1968 took a job at the University of Alabama where he led the Crimson Tide to a 211–123 record in twelve seasons winning three consecutive Southeastern Conference (SEC) titles from 74-76.
In 1980 Newton left Alabama to become assistant commissioner of the SEC. After just one year Newton went back to coaching by taking the head coaching job at Vanderbilt University leading them to a 129-115 record and two NCAA berths in eight seasons.
From 1979 - 1985 Newton served as chair of the NCAA Rules Committee which during his tenure adopted the shot-clock, the three point line and the coaches box.
In 1989, CM Newton headed back to his alma mater to take a position as Athletic Director to attempt to revive the school that was on probation.
From 1992 to 1996, Newton served as the president of USA Basketball. It was on Newton's watch that the decision was made to allow professional basketball players to represent the United States in the Summer Olympics
Successful player, coach, athletic director and commissioner.
On December 18, 1999, Newton was presented with the Annie Wittenmyer White Ribbon Award by the Women's Christian Temperance Union for refusing to allow alcohol advertising at university sporting events
Newton was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a Contributor on October 13, 2000.
Newton recruited the first black players at both Transylvania and Alabama and also hired Kentucky’s first back women’s coach 1995.
Newton was a pitcher on the University of Kentucky baseball team and signed a minor league baseball contract with a New York Yankees farm system after college.