LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 09: Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers throws a pass as he warms up before the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond was interviewed on 680 AM in Atlanta this afternoon, and he shed some light on the situation involving Cam Newton. Go here to listen to the whole thing, but here is a summary of what he said.
- He doesn't know why the story broke now. ESPN was getting ready to go public with it, and it asked him for a statement of what he told the NCAA. That's why he sent information to the WWL. It's been months since he last talked with the NCAA.
- He hadn't heard from Kenny Rogers in almost 30 years before the infamous offer.
- He laughed when asked if Urban Meyer put him up to this. He told the Mississippi State athletics department about Rogers's offer, and that's the end of his involvement.
- There was never a three-way phone call between him, Dan Mullen, and Meyer where the Gators coach insisted on taking this story public, as reported by some less reputable Auburn news sites.
Bond's interview lasted less than four minutes, so there's not much information here. However it shows that the story went on record now because ESPN was ready to break it, and that the rumors about Meyer's involvement are largely bunk.