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Auburn Has Spent $170,000 On Newton Defense

Responding to an open records request from The Birmingham News, Auburn University says it has paid close to $170,000 to attorneys since the Cam Newton case developed into a national scandal four months ago.

I know what you’re thinking — “So Auburn’s spent 350-grand on Cam Newton so far!”

But remember, there’s only proof that Cecil Newton asked Mississippi State for $180,000.  No one has claimed — on the record at least — that he asked Auburn for any cash for his son’s signature on a national letter of intent. 

Senior Associate Athletics Director Scott Carr refused to comment on the status of the NCAA’s investigation into Newton’s recruitment.  SEC commissioner Mike Slive was recently asked by ESPN.com if the NCAA’s investigation into the Newton fiasco is still open.  “You’re going to have to ask them, but nobody has written me a letter that says it’s over.”

So Auburn can expect more legal fees, correct?  That depends, according to Carr.  “AU attempts to address compliance matters with internal staff to the extent possible.  Whether it can do so depends in part on whether the questions asked require more staff time than is available.”

Okay.  But it would be wise to keep the Birmingham legal team of Lightfoot, Franklin, White, LLC on speed dial.

 


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