MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The NCAA says it found no major
violations committed by Auburn regarding Cam Newton or other
The NCAA released a statement Wednesday saying it has closed its 13-month investigation into Auburn's recruitment of the Heisman
Trophy-winning quarterback, whose father shopped his services to
another school for nearly $200,000.
The NCAA also cleared Auburn in allegations by four former
players that they received payments during their recruitment or
The NCAA says "any allegations of major rules violations must
meet a burden of proof, which is a higher standard than rampant
public speculation online and in the media."
It also says the investigation could be reopened if evidence
After conducting more than 80 interviews, the NCAA has concluded its investigation into Auburn.
The NCAA enforcement staff is committed to a fair and thorough investigative process. As such, any allegations of major rules violations must meet a burden of proof, which is a higher standard than rampant public speculation online and in the media.
The allegations must be based on credible and persuasive information and includes a good-faith belief that the Committee on Infractions could make a finding. As with any case, should the enforcement staff become aware of additional credible information, it will review the information to determine whether further investigation is warranted.
“We appreciate the NCAA and thank them for their professionalism and thoroughness during this exhaustive investigation. We are pleased to put this matter behind us.”
-- Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs
To Read NCAA's letter to Auburn, click on the attachment.