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October 12, 2011
NCAA investigation over
Auburn University has received a letter from the NCAA enforcement staff stating the NCAA has concluded its investigation, and no major rules violations were found.
"After conducting more than 80 interviews, the NCAA has concluded its investigation into Auburn University," the NCAA said in a statement. "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."
Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said, "We appreciate the NCAA and thank them for their professionalism and thoroughness during this exhaustive investigation. We are pleased to put this matter behind us."
Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton responded to reporters Wednesday following the release of the NCAA's findings.
"I could have told you that," Newton told reporters. "Let's let old wounds alone."
To read the NCAA's letter to Jacobs in its entirety, click the following link: NCAA to Jacobs