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Auburn quarterback Cam Newton responds

By Dennis Washington

AUBURN, AL (WBRC) - Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has no interest in talking about what may or may not have happened during his time at Florida, or what may or may not have happened before he came to Auburn.

He just wants to play football.

"It would be selfish of me to entertain anything that's been said about me because my sole focus right now is to win football games."

Newton talked to reporters Tuesday, hours after a report on FoxSports.com said the star quarterback had three instances of academic cheating while at Florida.  Newton refused to discuss it.

"There are a lot of speculations, rumors going around," Newton said. "I'm not going to be up here entertaining it. I'm not going to say anything about it because I'm not going to beat a dead horse. It's not going to affect me, no shape, form or fashion."

FoxSports.com says Newton faced expulsion from the university after he violated Florida's honor code by putting his name on another student's paper and turning it in. The website reports that Newton was given the chance to take another stab at it and turn in a second paper, but that paper was later found to have been purchased off the internet. All of this reportedly happened after he was arrested in 2008 for stealing a laptop from another student's dorm room.

The site says Newton was set to appear before Florida's student conduct committee in the spring semester of 2009, but instead he transferred to Blinn College in Texas.

Newton refused to talk about the details of that report, but did say he was surprised the reports were just now coming out.

"Am I surprised?" Newton said. "To some extent because this is something that allegedly happened two years ago. You can't control what another person says about you. You can only live your life and try to empower any person you come in contact with to make them a better person and yourself a better person."

The report on FoxSports.com did not identify the source of the story.  Tuesday, Florida head football coach Urban Meyer denied being the source and added no one on his staff would have leaked confidential academic information, calling it a ''ridiculous claim and simply not true.''

Newton said Tuesday he would hope Meyer would not be the source.

"The coach that I knew, Coach Urban Meyer, the coach I once committed to, is a man of integrity and I would hope he would not say anything like that," Newton said.  "During that whole tenure, I had an excellent time, learning from so many people on different occasions."

These latest allegations come less than a week after claims that a sports agent shopped Newton around for six figures to Mississippi State. The NCAA is reviewing the matter.

Newton said he would not change anything from the past few years.

"Would i change it? No, because that's how I've matured as a person, as a player, and I'm continually trying to learn about this crazy thing called life."

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