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Auburn cleared by NCAA

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer

 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The NCAA says it found no major violations committed by Auburn regarding Cam Newton or other pay-for-play allegations.

The NCAA released a statement Wednesday saying it has closed its 13-month investigation into Auburn's recruitment of the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, whose father shopped his services to another school for nearly $200,000.

The NCAA also cleared Auburn in allegations by four former players that they received payments during their recruitment or careers.

One of those players is former Westover High star Troy Reddick.

In a letter to Auburn,  the NCAA says Reddick is one of three players who would not cooperate or talk with investigators.

The NCAA says "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." It also says the investigation could be reopened if evidence surfaces.

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