Friday, January 21, 2011
Cam Newton hires agent Bus Cook
ESPN.com news services
AUBURN, Ala. -- Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton has hired representation as he prepares for the NFL draft.
The former Auburn quarterback, who is skipping his senior season, signed with co-representatives agent Bus Cook and Washington, D.C.-based Perennial Sports and Entertainment.
Perennial CEO Lamell McMorris confirmed the hiring Friday through a spokeswoman.
Cook's clients include former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
In a separate development, Auburn's athletic director, Jay Jacobs, told the Birmingham News that Newton's father, Cecil, did not violate an agreement he had with the school regarding his attendance at the BCS Championship Game.
Cam Newton led the Tigers to a national title against Oregon, and reaped the Heisman, Maxwell, Davey O'Brien and Manning awards this past season.
He also was a source of controversy since November 2010, after revelations surfaced that Cecil Newton shopped his son's services during Mississippi State's recruitment of the then-junior college quarterback. Subsequently, Auburn restricted the father to "limited access" to the program.
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That included the BCS Championship Game in Scottsdale, Ariz. Prior to the Jan. 10 game, Jacobs said Cecil Newton would not be attending, a decision that was "mutually agreed upon."
But after the game, Cam Newton was seen climbing into the stands, scanning the crowd, then ascending several rows to embrace his father.
Jacobs told the News Thursday that Cecil Newton did not break that agreement.
"My understanding is he actually came in after the game was over for the celebration," Jacobs told the News. "Now, I haven't spoken to Mr. Newton. But based on what his attorney said, that's my understanding. As far as I'm concerned, he didn't go against anything we mutually agreed upon."
Cecil Newton's lawyer, George Lawson, told USA Today on Jan. 13 that the father watched the game elsewhere, then went to the stadium to find his son. Lawson did not know where Cecil Newton viewed the game, according to USA Today.
"I would imagine, just like at our place, when the game is over the door is open and there you go," Jacobs said Thursday, according to the News. "I don't have any idea."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.