On Monday, the NCAA concluded that a violation of rules did occur in the pay-for-play scandal that has enveloped Newton, Auburn and Mississippi State, and forcing the school to rule Newton ineligible on Tuesday. However, schools are allowed to request a reinstatement, and Auburn's request was granted without any conditions.
"We are pleased that the NCAA has agreed with our position that Cam Newton has been and continues to be eligible to play football at Auburn University," Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. "We appreciate the diligence and professionalism of the NCAA and its handling of this matter. "
"According to facts of the case agreed upon by Auburn University and the NCAA enforcement staff," the NCAA's statement read, "the student-athlete's father and an owner of a scouting service worked together to actively market the student-athlete as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton's commitment to attend college and play football."
As part of the case, Auburn has limited its access to Cecil Newton, and Mississippi State has disassociated with the elder Newton entirely.
"The conduct of Cam Newton's father and the involved individual is unacceptable and has no place in the SEC or in intercollegiate athletics," said Mike Slive, Southeastern Conference Commissioner. "The actions taken by Auburn University and Mississippi State University make it clear this behavior will not be tolerated in the SEC."
"Our members have established rules for a fair and equal recruitment of student-athletes, as well as to promote integrity in the recruiting process," said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs. "In determining how a violation impacts a student-athlete's eligibility, we must consider the young person's responsibility. Based on the information available to the reinstatement staff at this time, we do not have sufficient evidence that Cam Newton or anyone from Auburn was aware of this activity, which led to his reinstatement. From a student-athlete reinstatement perspective, Auburn University met its obligation under NCAA bylaw 14.11.1. Under this threshold, the student-athlete has not participated while ineligible."
It is believed that Cecil Newton and former MSU player Kenny Rogers contacted the school and offered Newton's commitment for $180,000. Newton eventually wound up at Auburn, where he's become a Heisman favorite this year.