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Cam Newton Investigation: Mississippi St. Contacted The SEC In January About Newton's Recruitment

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Via Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger, a statement from the Mississippi St. Bulldogs athletic department about the ongoing Cam Newton investigation:

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.

So what’s the SEC so super busy with from January until July? March Madness? That’s in March. This statement corroborates with John Bond’s story, and further squashes the idea that Urban Meyer had anything to do with it, unless if his momentary January hiatus actually was just a secret overnight trip to Starkville after he threw the SEC Championship Game so he’d have a chance to screw Auburn! Maybe so! Follow the money!

One thing we can presume here: Mississippi St. almost certainly never offered Newton money. This is also one of the first, if not the first, and I’m not sure which, official mention I’ve seen of the NCAA having been involved.

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