Rogers, who has worked with a sports agent, has said Newton’s father, Cecil, asked two Mississippi State coaches for up to $180,000 at a hotel in Starkville, Miss., to secure his son’s commitment to the Bulldogs. Rogers says the coaches declined the request, and MSU has said all of its employees acted properly.
Cecil Newton has denied any wrongdoing.
Rogers’s attorney, Doug Zeit, said his client will meet with officials from the secretary’s office and has been interviewed by the NCAA.
Secretary of State spokeswoman Pamela Weaver said yesterday the office would not comment on “current, pending or potential investigations.’’
The Secretary of State’s office enforces regulations under the Uniform Athlete Agent Act, which governs sports agents in Mississippi. Violators can be sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison and pay up to a $10,000 fine along with additional civil penalties.