Bond speaks with federal authorities

STARKVILLE – The FBI, the NCAA and the state of Mississippi were all asking questions about Cam Newton on Tuesday.
As the Auburn quarterback leads his team’s march toward the SEC championship game and his own march to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, the investigation into his recruitment continues to gather steam.
On Tuesday afternoon, former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond was interviewed by both the FBI and state officials, although precisely what those parties are looking for isn’t clear.
“John Bond has been interviewed by a State regulator and Federal law enforcement,” Phil Abernethy, Bond’s attorney, said in a statement. “He has fully cooperated with both agencies and has provided them all facts known by him. Due to the ongoing nature of these matters, he cannot comment further about either interview.”
Whatever federal and state officials want, it certainly involves the Newton case. Cam’s father, Cecil Newton, allegedly approached MSU last December and offered his son’s commitment for $180,000. That offer was relayed to Bond via ex-teammate Kenny Rogers, who was reportedly being interviewed by the NCAA on Tuesday.
Rogers said on a Dallas radio station Thursday that he was scheduled to meet with the NCAA this week.
According to the Tuscaloosa News, the NCAA did interview Alabama graduate assistant coach Jody Wright, who last year was MSU’s coordinator of football operations.
The NCAA would not confirm whether it had interviewed Rogers or Wright.
“The NCAA cannot comment on current, pending or potential investigations,” a spokesman said.
Rogers said on the radio station that he was present when Cecil Newton offered his son to a pair of MSU coaches for between $100,000 and $180,000. Rogers passed that information on to MSU booster Bill Bell.
Newton, at the time playing for Blinn (Texas) College, committed to Auburn on Dec. 31, 2009. There have been no connections made between Auburn and a pay-for-play plan with Newton.
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