Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says Cecil Newton Sr., the father of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cameron Newton, did not violate an agreement with the school by appearing on the field with his son after the Tigers’ BCS Championship Game victory, the Birmingham News reported Friday.
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Cecil Newton’s access to the Auburn football program was restricted in early December after the NCAA ruled he had tried to solicit money from schools during his son’s recruitment.
Before the Jan. 10 title game against Oregon, Jacobs said the elder Newton would not be at the game, in accordance with an agreement between him and the school.
But Newton was on the field to celebrate the 22-19 victory with his son, leaving some to wonder whether he had adhered to the agreement. Jacobs maintained Thursday there was no violation.
"My understanding is he actually came in after the game was over for the celebration," Jacobs told the Birmingham newspaper. "Now, I haven’t spoken to Mr. Newton. But based on what his attorney said, that’s my understanding. As far as I’m concerned, he didn’t go against anything we mutually agreed upon."
The scandal surrounding the Newtons exploded in November, when a runner for Mississippi State alleged that Cecil asked for up to $180,000 in order to secure his son’s commitment to the school.
The NCAA ruled that the incident had taken place but allowed Newton to continue playing, saying there was no evidence to prove the star quarterback knew of his father’s scheme.
The NCAA’s investigation, however, remains open.
Cameron Newton announced last week he would forgo his senior season at Auburn and enter the NFL draft. During Auburn’s undefeated season, Newton racked up 50 total touchdowns and compiled 4,327 total yards.