AU releases Newton investigation documents

Auburn University released documents related to the NCAA's investigation into the recruiting allegations surrounding Cam Newton Friday in response to an open records request by The Associated Press.

Auburn kept quarterback Newton eligible by successfully arguing to the NCAA that a former Mississippi State player did not act as an agent during his recruitment by that school.

The documents indicate Newton's father, Cecil Newton, and ex-Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers sought from $120,000 to $180,000 for the quarterback to sign with the Bulldogs out of junior college.

The documents detail more information about the relationship Newton's father had with Rogers including 275 calls and text message between the men.

The findings showed that Cam Newton was not aware of the texts and calls between the two men and that it was never proven Newton received benefits from Rogers.

The university declared Newton ineligible the week of the SEC championship game.

Auburn sought his reinstatement by arguing to the NCAA that Newton did not hire or have an agreement with Rogers, didn't know of the solicitation and received no benefit from Rogers.

The released documents included a letter from Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs to Cecil Newton instructing him to stay away from Auburn University's athletics programs.

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