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Auburn declared Newton ineligible four days before the SEC championship game, and the NCAA reinstated him the following day saying there was not "sufficient evidence" that Cam Newton or Auburn knew of the attempts to cash in on his talent.
More allegations surfaced in March when the four former Auburn players raised additional claims of wrongdoing in the program.
Raven Gray, Stanley McClover, Chaz Ramsey and Troy Reddick told HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" that they received thousands of dollars while being recruited by or playing for the Tigers.
They said the cash was delivered in book bags, envelopes and even handshakes. Ramsey played at Auburn most recently, in the 2007 season.
Thurnes said the NCAA interviewed Gray and his family members and friends and that his claims were not substantiated "and in some instances were disputed by others."
The other three players interviewed by HBO declined to speak with the NCAA, which said "their lack of cooperation and lack of any other information" left insufficient reason to conclude that any violations occurred.
Chizik, who was defensive coordinator during the careers of Reddick and McClover, had dismissed the report as "pure garbage." Auburn hired outside counsel to investigate the claims.
"We appreciate the NCAA and thank them for their professionalism and thoroughness during this exhaustive investigation," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said. "We are pleased to put this matter behind us."
Auburn spent $183,667 in attorney's fees on the Newton case and $82,463 for the other investigation through August, the university said Wednesday in response to an August 18 opens records request from The Associated Press.
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