The only question left seems to be, will Cam Newton's eligibility status remain unchanged through the end of the season?
It seems now that the NCAA or Auburn has to re-address the quarterback's status in the near future. Eligible? Ineligible? The walls are closing in.
There are now two persons close to Mississippi State at least intimating that Newton's father demanded money from the school for his son's services. ESPN.com reported Wednesday that a Mississippi State booster received a text outlining a payment plan for Cam Newton. Bill Bell, a former Bulldogs player, told the website that the now infamous Kenny Rogers sent the text detailing three installments to Newton's father totaling $180,000.
Rogers, another former Mississippi State player, changed his story last week telling a Dallas radio station that Cecil Newton told him it would take between $100,000 and $180,000 for his son to attend Mississippi State. Rogers, another former Bulldog player, has been interviewed by the NCAA his lawyer said. John Bond, who originally reported that Rogers had been seeking money for Cecil Newton, has been interviewed by the FBI.
This case seems to be coming to head as accusations and revelations fly. TMZ reported Wednesday that the FBI was looking into Auburn booster Milton McGregor. Technically, a solicitation of money by a parent is an NCAA violation that follows the player wherever he enrolls rendering that player ineligible -- "generally speaking" according to an NCAA spokesman.
It's not clear what the situation is with Newton at Auburn but his future is getting increasingly cloudy. Cecil Newton reportedly told Auburn officials last week that he approached Mississippi State for money but that Auburn was not aware of it. Auburn seems confident that it is OK playing Newton.
This story isn't going away soon especially with several news cycles to go before the Iron Bowl on Nov. 26.