Mississippi State booster Bill Bell told the NCAA last week a former teammate claiming to represent Cam Newton's father sent him a text message outlining a payment plan to get his son to sign with the Bulldogs last year, according to a new ESPN.com report.
Bell said the former teammate was Kenny Rogers, who admitted on ESPN radio last week to calling Bell on the behalf of Cam's father, Cecil, with a request for money.
Bell said Rogers sent him a text message outlining the plan. The scheme included a request for $80,000 the day after Cam signed a letter of intent to play for MSU, $50,000 more after 30 days and another $50,000 30 days later.
Bell said he has Rogers' text message on an old cell phone, which was damaged by water. He is trying to retrieve it through his cell phone provider.
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Bell also said he shared with the NCAA a series of voice mail messages from Rogers.
"When he asked for it, it was like, 'Bam!'" Bell said. "He told me this kid's dad is going to want money and the next day he sent me a text message. He didn't say anything other than, 'This is what I want and I want it in three installments.'"
Bell said Cecil Newton never specifically asked him for money, but he was present during three-way phone calls during which Rogers discussed the payment plan.
"(Cecil Newton) didn't come out and say, 'I want $180,000,'" Bell said. "He inferred it and talked about it, but not directly. Kenny would talk about it in front of him, and (Cecil) never corrected him or said, 'No, that's not what we're doing.'"
Bell, who runs a roofing company in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., said Rogers made the initial contact but that he also had conversations with Cecil Newton during Cam's recruitment.
"He said it was going to take more than just a relationship with (Mississippi State coach) Dan Mullen and that Cam's relationship with Mullen wasn't what Mullen thought it was," Bell said. "That's when he said, 'Dan Mullen is going to have to put a smile on my face if he thinks he's going to get my son.'"
Rogers' attorney, Douglas Zeit, told ESPN.com on Wednesday: "As I understand it, that was the payment plan Cecil Newton was seeking."
Rogers, who works for a company that connects prospective college athletes with schools but has also been described as a "recruiter" for an NFL agent, met with NCAA officials Tuesday.
NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn has said "the solicitation of cash or benefits by a prospective student-athlete or another individual on his or her behalf is not allowed under NCAA rules."
Auburn has not been specifically accused of any wrongdoing in the matter.
Cecil, according to an Atlanta TV report last week citing an unnamed source, admitted to talking about money with Mississippi State but insisted Cam had no knowledge of it. Cecil said no money was ever exchanged.
Cam and his father reportedly met with the NCAA prior to the Georgia game last week.