The NCAA announced this afternoon that it has concluded its 13th-month investigation into Auburn University’s football program and that it has found no major violations regarding the recruitment of former quarterback Cam Newton or allegations that four former Tigers received impermissible benefits.
According to the NCAA, more than 50 interviews were conducted regarding the alleged pay-for-play scenario involving Newton’s father, Cecil. The NCAA’s finding reflected Auburn’s self-report last November, in which it was determined that Cecil Newton violated amateurism legislation when he discussed payments with Mississippi State but that Cam Newton and Auburn were not aware of the activity.
Raven Gray, Stanley McClover, Chaz Ramsey and Troy Reddick made their claims on HBO’s Real Sports “Dirty Money,” but the NCAA ruled that after interviewing Gray along with his family and friends that his allegations could not be substantiated. The NCAA also stated that McClover, Ramsey and Reddick “refused to cooperate” and that there was not sufficient basis to conclude any violations occurred.
“We appreciate the NCAA and thank them for their professionalism and thoroughness during this exhaustive investigation,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said. “We are pleased to put this matter behind us.”
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David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...