>AP Source – Auburn Had No Contact With Rogers

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Auburn has had “no contact whatsoever” with a man who allegedly tried to secure payment from Mississippi State during the recruitment of Tigers quarterback and Heisman hopeful Cam Newton.

The NCAA is reviewing the recruitment of Newton, but Auburn has not received a letter of inquiry, the person told The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to comment publicly.

The person says Auburn has never had contact with Kenny Rogers, a former Mississippi State player identified by ESPN.com, citing unidentified people, as the person soliciting payment.

The person also says Newton’s eligibility “has at no point been in jeopardy.” Newton will play Saturday vs. Chattanooga.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Auburn has had “no contact whatsoever” with a man who allegedly tried to secure payment from Mississippi State during the recruitment of Tigers quarterback and Heisman hopeful Cam Newton.

The NCAA is reviewing the recruitment of Newton, but Auburn has not received a letter of inquiry from the sport’s governing body, the person told The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to comment publicly.

The person says Newton’s eligibility “has at no point been in jeopardy.” Newton will play Saturday vs. Chattanooga.

Former Mississippi State player John Bond has said his ex-teammate Kenny Rogers was soliciting payment during Newton’s recruitment.

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