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NEWTON'S FATHER: 'IT'S NOT TRUE'

Rev. Cecil Newton, contacted Thursday afternoon by AuburnUndercover.com, adamantly denied any wrongdoing by his son, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, or his family.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton

He said he has retained a lawyer to represent his son and his family.

"It's not true," Cecil Newton said. "The allegations are completely unfounded, and we've retained an attorney. That's all I can say at this time."

Auburn officials, told by the NCAA they should not comment, only affirmed that Newton remains eligible and is expected to start Saturday's homecoming game against Chattanooga.

ESPN.com reported Thursday that former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond told said Kenny Rogers, a teammate of Bond's at Mississippi State in the early 1980s, contacted him soon after Newton's official visit to Mississippi State during the Ole Miss game in December, and said he was representing Newton.

"He said it would take some cash to get Cam," Bond told ESPN.com. "I called our athletic director, Greg Byrne, and he took it from there. That was pretty much it."

Athletic department sources said Auburn's compliance department, in conjunction with the Southeastern Converence office, looked into the accusations after being made aware of them last summer and determined there had been no wrongdoing by Cam Newton or by Auburn.

The ESPN.com story quoted no other sources by name, nor did it implicate Auburn.

“If Rogers tried to solicit money from anyone, he did it on his own without our knowledge,” Cecil Newton told ESPN.com.

The story was a collaborative effort that included New York Times reporter Pete Thamel and ESPN.com reporters Chris Low and Mark Schlabach.

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