Uh Oh.Cam Newton is tearing up the college scene this year but he may have a scandal they will rock his Heisman worthy season. ESPN is reporting that Newton was on the market for a robust $200,000. Mississippi State was the first school to get a crack at him, and was even given a discount on that original number that dropped it down to $180,000, because of his connections and fondness for former Florida offensive coordinator and now Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen. The Bulldogs however didn't take the bait and "some way or another", Newton has ended up at Auburn and has them in national title contention.
The claim was made by John Bond a former MSU player. “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 " "He told me that Cam Newton wanted to play at Mississippi State, but that a specified payment would have to be made. The person in question soliciting the payment is also a former MSU player named Kenny Rogers. Rogers, runs a company called Elite Football Preparation, which holds camps in Alabama, Chicago and Mississippi, and matches football prospects with colleges. Bond played quarterback for Mississippi State from 1980 to 1983. Rogers was there from 1982-85.
Auburn has not commented on the situation but clearly Newton is playing for the Tigers at a price and I hate to say it but this is the nature of big time college football. In the cutthroat world that it is, school and players all know their value. Great players name their price and schools or agents desperate for their services will pull out the checkbook. It's the dirty underbelly of college athletics and everyone knows it. The NCAA can drop all these sanctions and suspensions as much as they please but the story will remain the same. Josh Luchs’s Sports Illustrated story detailed everything you need to know about agent’s side of it. I'm not going to indict Newton at this point, he is innocent until proven guilty but if Auburn did pay, then they actually got a steal. The money generated by Newton is well in the millions at this point. Newton's father denies any wrongdoing. “If Rogers tried to solicit money from Mississippi State, he did it on his own, without our knowledge”. Said Newton's father.
Auburn has known about the allegations for months but continued to play Newton. The SEC became aware almost a year ago, according to ESPN.com. So this was all but inevitable. It seems the kid can't stay of trouble, let’s not forget the reason he left Florida. Newton is the front-runner for the Heisman and has his team on the cusp of the national championship but unlike his opponents that he ran over or past this year, he can't stiff arm these allegations.
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