Mark Winnie, sports anchor for WSBTV in Atlanta, has a source on the record saying that Cecil Newton admitted to asking for money in exchange for Cam to sign with State, but insists that Cam nor his mother never knew about his plans.
A source close to the situation exclusively told Channel 2 Action News investigative reporter Mark Winne that the player's father, Cecil Newton, has admitted having conversations with an ex-Mississippi State University player about the possibility of under-the-table money if Cam Newton signed to play football at Mississippi State, though he's steadfastly maintained that no money ever changed hands and said no official at Mississippi State ever made such an offer.
According to Winne's source, Cecil Newton said his son's hands are clean, and has made it clear that Cam Newton himself and his mother knew nothing about the money discussions, nor did Auburn University, with whom the Westlake High School grad from College Park eventually signed with out of junior college.
Also of note is that Cecil allegedly says that Mississippi State never made any offer of money. It will be interesting to see how this news plays out. If I read the NCAA rules correctly, Cam is technically ineligible since his dad was soliciting benefits in exchange for his son.