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Zeit took issue with the wording of Mississippi State’s letter. The attorney said the school’s reasoning in the letter for dissociating itself with his client was because Rogers told the NCAA he made a solicitation for a player.
“Kenny Rogers never made a solicitation,” Zeit said. “We never told the NCAA that. I want to make that perfectly clear. Cecil Newton asked for the money and then Kenny Rogers passed along Newton’s message. That’s what happened. Cecil Newton asked for the money. Kenny Rogers was the messenger.”
But the allegations and media scrutiny have shadowed Newton and the Tigers for the past month, and the star quarterback hasn’t spoken to reporters since Nov. 9.
He accounted for all four of Auburn’s touchdowns in last week’s 28-27 win at Alabama, rallying from a 24-point deficit to keep the Tigers in contention for the national title.
AP Sports Writer David Brandt in Jackson, Miss., contributed to this report.
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