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State Of Mississippi Gets In On The Newton Investigation Industry

Thayer Evans of FoxSports.com is reporting that Mississippi State booster Bill Bell was interviewed last Wednesday by the Mississippi secretary of state’s office as part of its investigation into former MSU player Kenny Rogers.

As you know:


* Rogers now says — after initially issuing denials — that he tried to help Cecil Newton procure $100,000 to $180,000 from State boosters for his son’s signature on an MSU letter of intent.

* Bell — who also played at MSU — says that he was approached by Rogers and that he spoke (more than twice, less than a “handful” of times) with the elder Newton.

* Evans is the writer who claims Newton was on the verge of being booted from the University of Florida after numerous charges of academic cheating had been brought against him.  A criminal investigation could result from Evans’ “academic cheating” story (meaning: Who leaked Newton’s federally protected academic records to Evans?).


A source tells Evans that Mississippi officials (the state, not the school) are “investigating whether Rogers violated state agent laws by acting as an intermediary between Bell and Newton’s father.”

The NCAA and FBI are also investigating Newton’s recruitment.  The NCAA wants to know if Newton (or a representative for the quarterback) solicited or received payment for his signature.  The FBI, presumably, wants to know if any money changed hands illegally — laundered cash, across state lines, via phone/wire fraud, etc.  Now the state of Mississippi is targeting Rogers.

Amazingly, Newton could come out of this smelling like a rose while everyone around him — including those who tried to rat his papa out — could face legal issues of their own.

 


3 comments
MJWilliamson
MJWilliamson

If you haven't backed off anything then you are a terrible journalists. But I think we already knew that.

You know John, there is at least one credible report that the "news" of Cam cheating was a bogus report. That Cam never cheated. The source of that information is a LOT more credible than a post on a internet message board.

admin
admin

MJWilliamson,
I've backed off nothing. As I've said all along, whoever fed that information to Evans broke the law. Someone with connections to the Florida football program posted -- before Evans story broke -- that it was coming. Now maybe that messageboard poster just made a lucky guess. Or maybe Florida people simply knew the story was coming because Evans was asking questions of people on campus. But the fact remains, it's likely that someone ON the Florida campus or someone who USED to be on the Florida campus leaked the information. No one else would have had it. Which is why the University of Florida recently announced that it would investigate where the information came from. Perhaps you should accuse the university of being anti-Gators, too.
John

MJWilliamson
MJWilliamson

John writes:

"Evans is the writer who claims Newton was on the verge of being booted from the University of Florida after numerous charges of academic cheating had been brought against him. A criminal investigation could result from Evans’ “academic cheating” story (meaning: Who leaked Newton’s federally protected academic records to Evans?)."

It is good to see you have finally backed off overtly accusing someone associated with UF for supposedly leaking those records. I guess the fact that a.)there is a reasonable dispute whether Cam even ever cheated at Florida and b.) You admit in another article that news from Rivals might not always be accurate -see the UF trashing FSU locker room. (Remember, you orginally used a Rival message board poster's comments as proof, PROOF that someone from UF had leaked the recod._

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