Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 11/4/11
Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing in a pay-for-play scandal last month, but FOXSports.com has learned that he was briefly declared ineligible before a game against Georgia a season ago. Auburn compliance officials informed the NCAA that Newton was suspended on Nov. 10, according to an Auburn official with knowledge of the suspension. A record of the suspension was not in the 32 pages of documents obtained by FOXSports.com because it was communicated verbally to the NCAA, which had launched an investigation to into allegations Kenny Rogers, an independent recruiter, and Cam Newton's father, Cecil, sought as much as $180,000 from Mississippi State to secure the services of Newton. Auburn coach Gene Chizik told reporters on a conference call on the same day Newton was quietly ruled ineligible that he would indeed play against Georgia and about 24 hours later, Newton was indeed reinstated by the Tigers, who went on to claim the SEC and BCS t...
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