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Mark Emmert addresses backlash

Updated: December 3, 2010, 11:32 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NCAA president Mark Emmert responded Thursday to the backlash that the governing body is allowing Cam Newton to play in the SEC championship game even though his father sought payment for his services.

"We recognize that many people are outraged at the notion that a parent or anyone else could 'shop around' a student-athlete and there would possibly not be repercussions on the student-athlete's eligibility," Emmert said in a statement on the NCAA's website.

Emmert added that ...

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