Kenny Rogers: Cecil Newton, Father of Cam Newton, Sought as Much as $180k
Rogers, a former recruiter for a Chicago-based sports agent, said he was in on a meeting involving Cecil Newton when Newton told two Mississippi State coaches, who Rogers would not identify, on Nov. 27, 2009 they wanted money. Rogers told KESN-FM that the coaches quickly changed the subject when the talk of money came up.
Rogers said Newton's father told him that "it's not going to be free this time," to sign his son, who spent two years at Florida before transferring to a Blinn College, a junior college in Texas. Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Arizona were reportedly interested in Newton before he signed with Auburn.
Rogers said he left a message for Mississippi State booster Bill Bell on Newton's behalf, but no money ever changed hands. Rogers added that he had no knowledge whether Cecil Newton made the same demands from Auburn or any other school.
Rogers' attorney, Doug Zeit, told the radio station that Rogers has been contacted by the NCAA.
"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," NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said in an e-mail.
Osburn said the NCAA "cannot comment on current, pending or potential investigations."