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Kenny Rogers: Cecil Newton Shopped Son To Mississippi State

Cecil Newton, Cam Newton’s father, gave a price to two Mississippi State coaches last fall in order to sign Newton, according to Kenny Rogers.

Rogers, a former Mississippi State wide receiver who ESPN reported allegedly sought money for Cam Newton to sign with the Bulldogs, appeared on ESPN 103.3 in Dallas on Thursday.

When Rogers was asked if Cecil Newton ever stated how much money it would cost for Cam to sign with Mississippi State, Rogers responded, “Yes he did.” Asked how much, Rogers said: “Anywhere between $100,000 and $180,000.”

Rogers said Newton gave that price to two Mississippi State coaches during Cam’s official visit to Starkville, Miss., on Nov. 27, 2009. The conversation took place inside the Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville, according to Rogers.

Click here to listen to the interview with Rogers in its entirety. ESPN.com has a full report on the story.

Rogers told ESPN 103.3 he was only involved with Cecil Newton in regards to Mississippi State. Rogers said he had no knowledge of Cam Newton’s recruitment at Auburn. Rogers said he had “no idea” why Newton chose Auburn.

Newton could be ruled ineligible whether he actually received improper benefits or not. NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn told the Birmingham News that “the solicitation of cash or benefits by a prospective student-athlete or another individual on his or her behalf is not allowed under NCAA rules.”

Mississippi State officials declined to comment on Rogers’ interview when reached by ESPN on Thursday.

Auburn declined comment through spokesperson Kirk Sampson, according to ESPN.com.

 




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