Report: Cam Newton was offered to colleges for cash
Cam Newton, the Auburn quarterback who is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy this year, has been linked to allegations of wrong-doing, according to an ESPN report.
When Newton was being recruited out of junior college last year, a man who said he represented the quarterback reportedly was soliciting a six-figure payment in return for Newton's signature on a letter of intent.
John Bond, the former Mississippi State quarterback, said that a teammate of his back in the early 1980s, contacted him, purporting to represent Newton, after Newton's visit to Mississippi State. ESPN reports that the former teammate is Kenny Rogers, who played at Mississippi State from 1982 to '85. He now runs Elite Football Preparation, a company that, according to a 2008 Birmingham News story, "matches high school athletes with college programs."
"He said it would take some cash to get Cam," Bond told ESPN. "I called our athletic director, Greg Byrne, and he took it from there. That was pretty much it."
Cam Newton's father, Cecil, denied the allegations.
"If Rogers tried to solicit money from Mississippi State, he did it on his own, without our knowledge," Cecil Newton said.
So, if you're the Heisman Trophy Trust, doesn't this make you break out in hives? Particularly since, only two months ago, Reggie Bush returned the award (ahead of possibly being stripped of it). Or maybe you just shrug and note that there probably has never been a completely clean athlete. And if you're really lucky, the claim turns out to be
| November 5, 2010; 8:29 AM ET
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