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Radio Host Claims Audio Tapes Implicate Cam Newton in Alleged NCAA Rules-Violation

Dave Miller of the National Football Post is reporting the “host of a Huntsville, Ala., sports talk radio show says he has heard audio tapes, allegedly in the possession of former Mississippi State players John Bond and Bill Bell, that implicate” Auburn University football student-athlete and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton “in his father, Cecil’s, pay-for-play scheme”. Auburn and Newton are under investigation by the NCAA. Miller reported “Scott Moore, an Alabama fan and a college football speaker, said Friday during a radio interview with WNSP in Mobile, Ala., that he heard tapes of Cecil Newton selling his son’s services while Cam was in the room. He states Tennessee offered Cecil Newton $200,000 for Cam Newton to play in Knoxville, and that Mississippi State was getting a discounted rate.” However, according to Barrett Sallee of CollegeFootballNews.com, “Moore contradicted himself regarding the amount supposedly offered by Tennessee” because in an earlier interview he “stated that Tennessee offered $150,000 for Newton’s services and not $200,000”. The Auburn enforcement case will continue to generate interesting stories and angles. For instance, a school’s likelihood of successfully emerging from an NCAA enforcement investigation can decrease dramatically upon the discovery of unforeseen evidence—USC and Reggie Bush’s defenses were diminished when Lloyd Lake decided to talk to the NCAA (as well as turn over secretly-made audio tapes of phone conversations between himself and Reggie Bush’ stepfather).

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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