AUBURN - Despite allegations that a person claiming represent him offered to secure quarterback Cam Newton for Mississippi State for a cash, Newton remains eligible to play at Auburn and is expected to start Saturday’s game against Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond told ESPN.com 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 said. "I called our athletic director, Greg Byrne, and he took it from there. That was pretty much it."
The ESPN.com story quoted no other sources by name, nor did it implicate Auburn.
Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, angrily denied that he or his son sought money from anyone.
“If Rogers tried to solicit money from anyone, he did it on his own without our knowledge,” Cecil Newton said.
The story was a collaborative effort that included New York Times reporter Pete Thamel and ESPN.com reporters Chris Low and Mark Schlabach.
Auburn officials, told by the NCAA they could not comment, only affirmed that Newton’s eligibility is not in question.