NCAA says Newton can play after it finds his father tried to shop him to schools

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA says the father of Auburn
quarterback Cam Newton did indeed shop his son to another school,
but ruled the Heisman Trophy front-runner is eligible to play in
the SEC title game.

The college sports governing body says a violation of Newton's
amateur status had occurred.

The NCAA says Auburn and NCAA enforcement staff agreed that
Cecil Newton and an owner of a scouting service worked together to
on a pay-for-play scam.

No. 2 Auburn quietly declared Cam Newton ineligible on Tuesday
and requested his eligibility be reinstated. The school also has
agreed to limit Cecil Newton's access to its athletic program.

Auburn plays South Carolina on Saturday. With a victory, the
Tigers will earn a spot in the BCS national title game.

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