Evan Hilbert
Saturday November 5th, 2011

In order to keep Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton eligible a year ago, Auburn University argued that Newton did not use a former Mississippi State player as and agent, according to the Associated Press. Newton later led the Tigers to a national championship.

Auburn released documents in response to an open records request made by the AP.

The NCAA found no misconduct by Auburn, even though documents show that Newton's father, Cecil, and ex-Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers asked for money for the quarterback to sign with the Bulldogs. There is no indication that they asked for or received money from Auburn. Newton was briefly ruled ineligible last season after the NCAA determined that Rogers acted as his agent, but he was reinstated the next day after Auburn argued that Newton had no written or verbal agreement with Rogers or Cecil Newton. They also proved that he had no knowledge of the pay-for-play scheme, nor did he accept any improper benefits.

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