SB Nation's Team Speed Kills offers three hypothetical (but plausible) scenarios concerning the now-controversial recruitment of Cam Newton from junior college:
SCENARIO 1: THE LONE GUNMAN
Kenny Rogers is a shady character, already having gotten in trouble for falsely claiming to be an NFLPA employee. Seeing an opportunity, he began calling up schools known to be interested in Newton and asking for $200,000 in exchange for Newton's services. He pretended to be in the Newton camp just like when he faked being NFLPA employee, and he hoped that whatever school Newton committed to (or one of its boosters) would fall for his scheme and send him a payment after Newton signed.
This scenario is basically the one that Cam and Cecil Newton are putting forward: that Rogers is a sleaze bag who worked alone in trying to bilk schools out of money. Because he was never officially representing the Newton family, Cam is completely eligible to play just as Gene Chizik asserts.
We do find it hard to believe that, in an imaginary shady recruiting shakedown, Newton wouldn't rate more than Albert Means money (have you seen this kid run?). Read the rest of the theories at Team Speed Kills.