By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin confirmed on Friday that the school was “approached with an offer to provide an extra benefit” to a prospective football student-athlete.
“This offer was refused,” Stricklin said in a statement.
MSU first told the SEC in January that there was an “issue” with the recruitment of Cam Newton, who’s now the Auburn quarterback.
The SEC said Thursday that it “never received information from MSU concerning phone calls between the Newtons and MSU staff members about a pay-for-play scheme.”
Newton’s father, Cecil Newton, had reportedly told both MSU coaches and former MSU player Kenny Rogers that his son could be had for between $100,000 and $180,000.
Earlier Friday, Slive told the Birmingham News that he was disappointed in MSU “for not following procedures in reporting accusations to the league office,” as the story said.
Stricklin defended the school’s handling of the situation.
“MSU alerted the Southeastern Conference about the offer,” Stricklin said in his statement. “MSU did not have any specific incriminating information about any other school, and thus could not provide any. …
“MSU has cooperated fully and completely with the NCAA from the time it began asking for our assistance.”