(WTVM) - Sports reporter Danny Sheridan is fighting back after the NCAA's statement that he "continues to make vague, unsubstantiated claims without backing them up with proof."
Sheridan's own statement reads: "The NCAA statement about me is total propaganda and an absolute misrepresentation of the facts. For the record, I do have sources at the NCAA and that's why the organization has chosen to shoot the messenger."
Sheridan went on the Paul Finebaum show and said that an NCAA source told him of a "bag man" who paid Cecil Newton for his son's commitment to Auburn. After his appearance, the NCAA contacted Sheridan for an interview on Wednesday.
The NCAA said: "As a matter of due diligence, the NCAA spoke with Sheridan this week to determine if he had any facts pertaining to the investigation. Sheridan, however, did not provide any information to the enforcement staff and certainly did not provide a name. Instead, he unsuccessfully attempted to gather information for his own use."
Sheridan said: "The NCAA called me through my attorney and requested an interview. I spoke with two NCAA investigators last Wednesday for almost an hour. I was consistent with them as I have been with the media and the public in refusing to divulge my sources."
He added: "I also politely declined to share the name of the individual I have been told gave money to Cecil Newton. For the NCAA to claim I did anything else is specious, deceitful, disingenuous and completely false. I will be happy to take a polygraph test on these specific issues and challenge them to do so as well."
During the Finebaum show, Sheridan said he would not name the man who paid Newton, but he said Saturday that after the NCAA's statement he's changed his mind.
"I told them that I would honor their request to say 'no comment' when asked about what was said in the meeting. Of course, all bets are off when they released that statement."