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Ever since the first Cameron Newton story came out last week on ESPN.com, there have been questions about the timeline of the allegations and when they were reported to the SEC and NCAA and by whom.
Mississippi State answered some of those questions Wednesday by releasing a statement acknowledging that it contacted the SEC office in January of 2010 regarding an issue relating to its recruitment of Newton, who allegedly was shopped to Mississippi State for cash by a former Bulldogs' player, Kenny Rogers, who claimed to be representing the Newton family.
On Tuesday, ESPN reported that Newton told Mississippi State recruiters that he chose Auburn over Mississippi State because "the money was too much."
Here's the full Mississippi State release, which almost seems to be taking up for the SEC at the end:
Mississippi State University acknowledges that it contacted the Southeastern Conference office in January of 2010 regarding an issue relating to its recruitment of Cam Newton.
Shortly after the initial call, the SEC office requested specific information to include interviews with involved staff from MSU.
Due to MSU dealing with ongoing and time-consuming eligibility issues involving non-football matters in the winter and spring of 2010, the specific SEC request went unfulfilled. Some additional information was provided to the SEC during July of 2010. Once the NCAA enforcement staff became involved, Mississippi State University cooperated fully with its investigation. MSU is confident the SEC office has managed this process consistent with its established procedures and the university is committed to the conference’s ongoing efforts to ensure compliance with SEC and NCAA rules.
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