Nov 4, 2010

Cam Newton Investigation

AUBURN-300x157Cam Newton Investigation:N.C.A.A. Auburn University is studying a set of Cam Newton, star defender and a favorite for the Heisman Trophy. John Bond, a former Mississippi State quarterback, said Thursday that he had approached former teammate on the “specified payment” that would be needed for the Newton.
“He told me that Cam Newton wanted to play in Mississippi, but that this payment should be made,” Bond said Kenny Rogers, a former partner who has financial ties to the NFL Agent Ian Greengross. Bond said that Rogers stated that he represents the camp of Newton.

“I reported the conversation of Mississippi Athletic Department,” Bond said in a statement given to the New York Times. “I am informed that the Sports Department, Mississippi will not respond to the overture.”

Greg Sankey, Southeastern Conference Associate Commissioner, admitted Thursday in a telephone interview that he sent information about months ago, Rogers and shared it with Auburn.

Person briefed on the proposal said that they took the “low six figures” to provide services to Newton. reported on Thursday that, according to Bond, Rogers said that it would take $ 180,000 and other universities have already offered $ 200.000.

Both Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and Greg Byrne, the athletic director at the time, dismissed suggestions Rogers has cut contact with him and made the SEC aware of the proposal. Calls to Rogers went unreturned. Newton eventually chosen Auburn over Mississippi State. It is not known, Rogers tried to conclude a deal with Auburn.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik addressed the situation on Thursday evening on his weekly radio show: “I’ll talk about it very loudly and clearly: Cameron Newton has the right to Auburn University. Period. End of story.”

There is a possibility that the NCAA investigation could jeopardize the rights of Newton this season. In addition, since the NCAA investigation U.S.C. what prompted Reggie Bush to return his Heisman Trophy, voters may call the skeptical candidate out of questions.

Tigers place number 2 in the cup series classification, № 2 in the coaches poll and number 3 in the poll Associated Press.

Newton left the University of Florida for Blinn College, a college in Texas after the 2008 season and as a result of his on charges of theft, larceny and obstruction of justice. Newton said that he left Florida because Tim Tebow came back last year.

Although Newton was in Florida, Mullen served as its offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. Newton said he wanted to attend Mississippi State because of his relationship with Mullen, but also told Sports Illustrated, that he ultimately left the decision to his father. Cecil Newton said the Montgomery Advertiser that he did not want his son to attend Mississippi State, which will be rented mule. ”

Mullen declined to comment via text message on Thursday night, but said radio in a recent interview about Newton: “It’s a long, long, long story on another day, I’m sure.”

Mullen said after the follow-up question: “I’ll hold off on that, it will be in the book.”

When reached Thursday night, phone, Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin referred a reporter to a statement athletic department.

“We are comfortable that the representatives of the interests of Mississippi State University acted appropriately and in accordance with all NCAA regulations,” the statement said. “Mississippi State undertakes to work in our athletics program rules for NCAA and Southeastern Conference, and we expect that those associated with our program to continue to do the same thing.”

Rogers operates a business that football prospects from the top programs. He also conducts camps in Illinois, Georgia and Alabama for potential prospects through a company called Elite Soccer training, which helps athletes with a pair of top programs. He said he specializes in transfers and players who were expelled from college.

Cecil Newton recognized, that he knew Rogers, but denied knowing that Rogers asked for money from the state of Mississippi.

Court records for The New York Times revealed that Rogers and Greengross share a joint bank account under the name “Sports Greengross management of enterprises.” (The account was exceeded by $ 11,664 in April.) Rogers said in September that pays him Greengross $ 2000 per month. Greengross was not related to an investigation of Newton.

N.F.L. Players Association, which oversees the NFL agents, Rogers explores the guise NFLPA member, said George Atallah, Assistant to the players association executive director of external relations. reported that Rogers said he worked in the Players’ Association in the selection of clients for Greengross.

Newton Senior Pastor Holy Zion Center of Salvation Church in Newnan, Ga., not far from College Park, where Cam Newton grew up. He played football at Savannah State.

Over the past year, he struggled with the Newnan officials about the state of his church. The city threatened to tear down because it does not comply with building regulations. Last week, local newspapers, The Times-Herald reported that the church has completed its work and is in compliance.

According to, N.C.A.A. Contact Cecil Newton, about a month ago, requesting financial documents. He told the news outlet that he had submitted bank statements and other documents connected with the church. Newton also owns a construction company, according to news reports.


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