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A man who said he represented Auburn quarterback and Heisman hopeful Cameron Newton during his recruitment out of junior college last year asked for payment to secure his commitment to Mississippi State, according to former MSU player John Bond.
“During the 2009 football season, I was contacted by a former football teammate, who represented to me that he was speaking for the Newton camp,” Bond said in a statement given to the AP through his attorney. “He told me that Cam Newton wanted to play at Mississippi State, but that a specified payment would have to be made.
“I reported the conversation to the Mississippi State Athletic Department,” Bond said. “I was told by the Athletic Department that Mississippi State would not respond to the overture that was made to me, and that Mississippi State would continue to recruit Cam Newton as it does any other football recruit.”
ESPN.com, which first reported the story, cited unidentified people who said Bond’s former teammate Kenny Rogers was the one soliciting payment. The website reported the school refused to get involved with Rogers, who has separately come under scrutiny from the NFL Players Association and the NCAA.
Attempts by the AP to reach Rogers were unsuccessful.
In a statement, the school said “we are comfortable that representatives of Mississippi State University’s interests conducted themselves appropriately and in compliance with all NCAA by-laws.”
MSU compliance director Bracky Brett refused to comment in a text message.
“The NCAA cannot comment on current, pending or potential investigations,” NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said in an e-mail.
The ESPN.com report said Rogers told Bond that schools “had already offered $200,000” for Newton. But since Newton liked MSU coach Dan Mullen when the two were at Florida together in 2007 and ‘08, MSU could “get him for $180,000.” Mullen was the offensive coordinator at Florida before taking the Mississippi State job after the 2008 season.
Newton’s father, Cecil Newton, told the AP that the family denies any allegations and is “cooperating with the investigation.”
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