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MSU AD: No 'incriminating information'

Athletics director Scott Stricklin said Friday night in a prepared statement that Mississippi State had no information incriminating any other school.

The statement was a clear reference to the saga of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his father’s alleged request for money do deliver him to Mississippi State last December.
Stricklin said Mississippi State is cooperating with the NCAA in its investigation.

The school reported its concerns to the Southeastern Conference office last January but failed to answer the league’s request for additional information for six months.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive was highly critical Friday of Mississippi State’s handling of the situation.

Here is Stricklin’s statement:

"During the recruitment of a football prospective student-athlete, Mississippi State was approached with an offer to provide an extra benefit. This offer was refused.

"MSU alerted the Southeastern Conference about the offer. MSU did not have any specific incriminating information about any other school, and thus could not provide any.

"As Commissioner Slive mentioned today, the SEC is not an investigative body. MSU has cooperated fully and completely with the NCAA from the time it began asking for our assistance, and looks forward to providing any and all help in this ongoing investigation."

Kenny Rogers, a former Mississippi State player, said Thursday that he helped Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, seek “between $100,000 and $180,000” to deliver his son to Mississippi State. Rogers said he had no contact with Auburn at any time. He also said no money changed hands.

After numerous erroneous reports said Newton would not play in Saturday’s game against Georgia, learned he is expected to start.

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