Auburn releases documents regarding NCAA investigation into recruitment of Cam Newton

jerickson@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 4, 2011 

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn released documents regarding the NCAA’s investigation into the recruitment of Cam Newton Friday.

Documents released included the NCAA’s request for information from Auburn, Auburn’s request for an interpretation, Auburn’s request for Newton’s reinstatement, the NCAA’s subsequent ruling on reinstatement and the NCAA’s conclusion of its ongoing investigation into Newton’s recruitment that found no fault with Auburn.

In the case of Newton, the NCAA found that a violation of amateurism occurred when Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, and former Mississippi State football player Kenny Rogers worked together to receive a cash payment from Mississippi State representatives Bill Bell and John Bond for a sum between $120,000 and $180,000.

The NCAA also ruled that neither Cam Newton nor Auburn was aware of that agreement between Cecil Newton and Rogers. In Auburn’s request for a clarification of NCAA bylaws that led to Newton’s brief suspension, the school concluded “Newton should not be punished for the conduct of others.”

Documents released also show that Rogers, who runs a business named Elite Football Preparation that assists high school and college players in finding schools, and Cecil Newton spoke on regular basis. Cecil Newton’s telephone records indicate approximately 275 calls and texts between the father and Rogers between March 2009 and January 2010.

Documents released also show that Rogers had discussions about Cam Newton with multiple institutions during his recruitment. Rogers spoke with three assistant coaches at Oklahoma, sent an email to North Carolina assistant coach John Blake about Newton and contacted both Kansas State and Tennessee. The Newtons never paid Rogers for those services, according to documents submitted by Auburn.

Rogers only discussed a cash payment for Newton’s services with Mississippi State.

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