In a twist that's both surprising and unsurprising, agent-like substance Kenny Rogers told ESPN Radio's Dallas station this afternoon that not only was Cam Newton's father Cecil Newton shopping Cam around during his recruitment out of junior college, he had a specific price range in mind. Audio of the most pertinent bit, with a transcript below:
Host Ian Fitzsimmons: Cecil Newton, in this process, in recruitment of his son, did he ever tell you flat-out, "This is what it's gonna take for any school to get my son to go sign a letter of intent and play for them?"
Kenny Rogers: Yes, he did.
Fitzsimmons: How much was it?
Rogers: Anywhere between a hundred and a hundred eighty thousand.
Fitzsimmons: To go play college football, to sign a letter of intent.
Rogers: Basically, to get his son.
ESPN has the full audio of the show, featuring both Rogers and his attorney, and some additional details -- including, of course, the part where we still don't know the extent, if any, of Auburn's involvement:
Rogers said he only was involved with Cecil Newton in regards to Mississippi State.
Rogers said he didn't know anything about Newton's recruitment at Auburn, or any other school. He said he had "no idea" why Newton chose Auburn and had no idea if Auburn paid Newton.
SB Nation's Track 'Em Tigers is already breaking down the latest news volley.