AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn quarterback Cam Newton says he "didn't do anything wrong" amid allegations that a man tried to secure payment from Mississippi State during the Heisman Trophy hopeful's recruitment.

Newton said Friday just before stepping on the bus to the team's hotel in Montgomery ahead of Saturday's game with Chattanooga that he's "sure the smoke will settle." He says he's holding up just fine, that he's had "worse days."

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Auburn has had "no contact whatsoever" with Kenny Rogers. The former Mississippi State player has been identified by, citing unidentified people, as the person soliciting payment from that school.

The person tells AP that Newton's eligibility "has never been in jeopardy."