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Bulldogs Booster Says Texts Set Out Newton Payments, ESPN Says

Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- A Mississippi State University booster said a representative of Cameron Newton’s father wanted payments of $180,000 over 60 days for the quarterback to join the Bulldogs, ESPN reported.

Bill Bell told the broadcaster he received a text from his former Mississippi State teammate Kenny Rogers demanding payments on behalf of Newton’s father, Cecil. Newton is the quarterback for Auburn University.

Rogers “told me this kid’s dad is going to want money and the next day he sent me a text message,” Bell said, according to ESPN. “He didn’t say anything other than ‘This is what I want and I want it in three installments.’”

Bell shared the information and a series of voice mails from Rogers with the National Collegiate Athletic Association to clear Mississippi State of any wrongdoing, ESPN said.

Cecil Newton said Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen would have “to put a smile on my face if he thinks he’s going to get my son,” Bell recounted, according to ESPN.

Rogers’s attorney Douglas Zeit told ESPN that the $180,000 payment plan that his client discussed was the one Cecil Newton wanted.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

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