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ESPN report: Newtons admitted to 'pay-for-play' to Mississippi State officials

By Cindy Boren

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his father admitted a "pay-for-play" plan in separate telephone conversations while Newton was being recruited late last year, two sources who recruit for Mississippi State have told ESPN.

ESPN's Joe Schad writes:

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 who 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."

And so on it goes, generating buzz. The NCAA investigation may have no bearing on what happens in terms of the BCS race, Andy Staples of SI.com writes, but it certainly could jeopardize Newton's chances of winning the Heisman Trophy next month. Over 51 percent of voters in an al.com poll say the investigation has not hurt Newton's Heisman chances.

The latest allegation seems to be the more troubling one for Auburn, Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger Mark Bradley writes. Still, for many people at the moment, Mike Pesca at NPR.com says, whom you believe may come down to a question of which team you root for.

By Cindy Boren  | November 10, 2010; 8:57 AM ET
Categories:  College football  
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Comments

Where there's smoke there's fire. And you could get lung cancer from this level of secondhand ingestion.

Posted by: agl132 | November 10, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

After reading that Sports Illustrated story about the agent who paid collegiate players, this doesn't surprise me at all.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | November 10, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

On the one hand, the NCAA rules are idiotic. Division 1 football players deserve to be paid cash on top of their scholarships. On the other hand, there has to be a level playing field. If Auburn gets to pay players under the table, but MSU does not get to do so, that is completely unfair.

Posted by: kauf5413 | November 10, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Why haven't we heard this alleged phone conversation...it's because there isn't one. BTW in other news I had a phone conversation with Elvis. Let me know if you want that story Cindy.

Posted by: jason335 | November 11, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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