State of Mississippi probing Newton case

The Mississippi Secretary of State's office is continuing to interview people in connection with allegations that Cam Newton's father, Cecil Newton, solicited money in turn for his son to sign with Mississippi State last November.

Former Mississippi State players John Bond and Bill Bell have already met with Secretary of State officials, and a third former Mississippi State player, Kenny Rogers, is scheduled to meet with officials on Dec. 9. Rogers is the one who said he acted as the middle man and sent Bell a text message outlining the payment plan requested by Cecil Newton.

There have been no allegations of improprieties involving Auburn. Officials at Auburn have declined to comment about the situation for the past two weeks, and Newton has been placed off-limits to the media.

Per SEC rules, all players and coaches are required to be made available to the media following the SEC championship game on Saturday, and that includes Newton.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive has the discretion to fine a school if it violates the league's media policy following the SEC championship game.