It appears that all investigation into the Auburnite are over, with the NCAA handing him a clean bill of health. This includes the investigation pertaining to Cam Newton, as well as to the four players who went on HBO and discussed being paid.
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After conducting more than 80 interviews during the 13-month investigation, the NCAA found no evidence that major violations took place. That means the NCAA cleared Auburn of any wrongdoing both by Newton, whose father shopped his services to another school for nearly $200,000, and involving the allegations by four former players who said they received payments during their recruitment or careers.
According to a letter from the NCAA to Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs, based on information gathered from "an extensive number documents" such as bank records, personal IRS tax documents, telephone records and e-mail messages, the enforcement staff "has not substantiated any further violations involving Mr. Newton."
The four former players -- Raven Gray, Stanley McClover, Chaz Ramsey and Tony Reddick -- appeared on HBO's Real Sports "Dirty Money" and alleged that they had received impermissible inducements and extra benefits. After multiple interviews, the NCAA concluded that none of their allegations was substantiated. Gray was interviewed by the NCAA, but none of the other three cooperated with the NCAA.
The NCAA added that the case could be reopened if any new evidence pops up, but it looks like this saga is finally over.
The NCAA released a statement on the decision Wednesday. Here's part of what it said:
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.