AUBURN – An Auburn spokesman said Tuesday night that quarterback Cam Newton’s status has not changed, that he remain eligible and in good standing with Auburn’s football team.
ESPN.com’s Joe Schad reported that two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, and his son admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year out of Blinn College.
Mississippi State compliance officials relayed the alleged conversations to Southeastern Conference compliance officials in January, according to two other sources close to the football program.
The alleged conversations did not stop Mississippi State from recruiting Cam Newton up until he signed with Auburn.
Prior to Newton's commitment to Auburn, one of the recruiters said Cecil Newton told him it would take "more than a scholarship" to bring his son to Mississippi State, a request the source said the school would not meet. Cecil Newton also referred the recruiter to a third person that would provide more specifics, the source said.
After Newton committed to Auburn, Schad wrote, another source said an emotional Cam Newton phoned another recruiter to express regret about his change of commitment from Mississippi State, stating that his father, Cecil, had chosen Auburn for him because "the money was too much."
Cecil Newton has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and voluntarily turned personal financial records and financial for church of which he is pastor.
"This is a character assassination attempt," Cecil Newton told AuburnUndercover.com on Tuesday morning. "Who is going to profit and why are they are going to profit? We sure don't. I think there's a group of people who have a hidden agenda and don't want to see him as a Heisman nominee, let alone winner.”
Oklahoma also recruited Newton and hosted him on an official visit. Sooner coach Bob Stoops said he saw nothing amiss.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who also recruited Newton out of Blinn, said he saw "nothing at all" out of the ordinary during that process.
"Our recruitment of Cameron could not have been better, or was just fine," Stoops said. "I didn't notice anything and none of our coaches did as we were recruiting him."