The NCAA Infractions Committee made known its findings in the investigation of Mississippi State for recruiting violations.
The NCAA penalized Mississippi State with two years probation and two scholarship losses the next two years.
The NCAA ruled a Mississippi State booster, Robert Denton Herring, made recruiting contact with a top football prospect and provided impermissible benefits. Former Mississippi State coach Angelo Mirando, who resigned for ‘personal reasons’, was cited for unethical conduct for failing to report the booster’s activities.
The Mississippi State booster assisted DB Will Redmond in securing a car to drive, and told the prospect that if he did not take a visit to another school, he’d be paid $6,000.
Here are the penalties, per NCAA news release:
- Public reprimand and censure
- Two years of probation from June 7, 2013 through June 6, 2015.
- A one-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach, which prevents him from recruiting activities and booster interaction.
- A reduction of the number of official visits to 39, from the four-year average of 41, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (Self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction of the number of recruiting days during the spring evaluation period by four, from 168 to 164, for the 2013-14 academic year (Self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction in the number of total scholarships by two, from 85 to 83, for the 2012-13 academic year (Self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction in the number of initial and total scholarships by two, from 25 to 23 and 85 to 83, respectively, for the 2013-14 academic year (Self-imposed by the university).
- For the first two conference contests of the 2013 season, complimentary admissions to football recruits will be prohibited (Self-imposed by the university).
- Disassociation of the booster by the university’s athletics program. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report (Self-imposed by the university).
Updated 1:50 p.m. ET:
- The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported that DB Will Redmond has been forced to repay $2,660 in benefits and will sit out the Bulldogs first five games of the 2013 season.
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