Slive: NCAA's Newton ruling fair based on evidence

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says the established facts of the Cam Newton case merited the NCAA's swift reinstatement of the Auburn quarterback.

Slive told The Associated Press Saturday in a phone interview hours before the SEC championship game in Atlanta the priority for the NCAA reinstatement committee "is to determine what's fair to the student-athlete."

He says he supports Newton leading No. 2 Auburn against No. 18 South Carolina because there is currently "no evidence available" that the Heisman favorite knew his father was seeking money for his son to sign with Mississippi State - or that Cam Newton received anything.

Slive, who calls Cecil Newton's conduct "reprehensible", also says Newton should play because there's no indication Auburn was involved in the pay-for-play scheme.

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