Less than a year after allegations of improper benefits related to the recruitment of former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton surfaced, the NCAA has closed the book on the investigation without levying major violations. The NCAA investigated claims involving Newton's recruitment, as well as pay-for-play allegations that came to light during an HBO Real Sports show.
After doing its due diligence, and interview a wide array of people related to the case, the NCAA said the evidence didn't meet the burden of proof necessary for major violations
After conducting more than 80 interviews, the NCAA has concluded its investigation into Auburn University. 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. As with any case, should the enforcement staff become aware of additional credible information, it will review the information to determine whether further investigation is warranted.
So that's it. Just a few months after Gene Chizik publicly quizzed Julie Latch Roe about whether or not the investigation was over, and was hit with a salty "you'll know when we're finished," Auburn walks away unharmed.
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