ESPN: Auburn’s Cam Newton & Dad Talked About “Pay to Play”

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When this story first broke it sounded more like sour grapes within the SEC over the fact that Auburn was able to recruit superstar QB Cam Newton away from some other schools and the losers alleged that Newton’s father Cecil was asking for more than a scholarship for his son. Now, it appears, there’s a little more smoke to that fire and we wouldn’t be surprised if there was a full blown NCAA investigation here soon.

The real question is: how much did he get from the Tigers to help them to an undefeated season, and will the NFL take any kind of action against him after he’s drafted?

More from ESPN:

Two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year. 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.

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, another source said an emotional Cam Newton phoned another recruiter to express regret that he wouldn’t be going to Mississippi State, stating that his father Cecil had chosen Auburn for him because “the money was too much.”