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NCAA closes Cam Newton loophole

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has broadened the definition of agents to include parents, closing the loophole that allowed 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to keep playing despite his father's pay-for-play scheme.

The Division I Amateurism Cabinet sponsored legislation that would include family members and other third parties who shop an athlete's services to schools for financial gain. The Division I Legislative Council passed the proposal Wednesday.

The NCAA determined that Cecil Newton -- Cam's father -- wanted money from Mississippi State when Cam Newton was being recruited out of junior college.

Cam Newton, who now plays for the Carolina Panthers, was reinstated after a one-day suspension because the NCAA found he didn't know about the scheme. He was cleared to play in the SEC and national championship games that season.