ESPN reported late Tuesday night that two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said Cecil Newton and his son asked for a pay-for-play plan from the school in separate phone conversations during the quarterback's recruitment last year.
Mississippi State compliance officials relayed the alleged conversations to the SEC offices in January, according to the report. What is not clear is how this would not have affected Newton's eligibility prior to the season.
According to the report, one of MSU's recruiters said Cecil told him it would take "more than a scholarship" to bring his son to Starkville. The source said the school refused.
After the quarterback committed to Auburn, a different source said an emotional Cam phoned the recruiter to say he was sorry about changing his commitment from Mississippi State. Cam allegedly said Cecil had chosen Auburn for him because "the money was too much."
Of the allegations thrown at Newton in the last week, this is the first directly linked to the quarterback's family and to specifically mention Auburn.
It's been widely reported that Newton's preference during the recruiting process was to go to Mississippi State, while his father chose Auburn for him.