Cam Newton says he's closer to dad after NCAA flap

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By CLIFF BRUNT
The Associated Press
Saturday, February 26, 2011; 4:41 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cam Newton says his relationship with his father is good, months after a controversy involving Cecil Newton nearly made his son ineligible at Auburn.

The NCAA ruled in December that Newton was unaware of the pay-for-play scheme created by Cecil and the owner of a scouting service. Cecil Newton and Kenny Rogers - a former Mississippi State player who worked for an agent - sought money for the quarterback to play for the Bulldogs.

Newton said Saturday at the NFL scouting combine that the scrutiny helped the father and son become closer.

Newton won the Heisman Trophy and a national championship before declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft.


Mark Maske, NFL News Feed

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