Mississippi State to learn fate of NCAA investigation on Friday
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ississippi State will learn the results of the NCAA’s inquiry into major allegations against the program Friday morning.
Details of the inquiry have not been released, but it is believed to be related to claims made by Nashville-based 7-on-7 coach Byron De’Vinner that he witnessed MSU defensive back Will Redmond receive money from a Bulldogs booster.
Last September, De’Vinner revealed to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and on Mississippi’s “Head to Head” radio show that he saw Redmond receive “about $200″ from booster Robert Denton Herring. A day later, Yahoo! Sports released a report detailing a number of alleged recruiting violations committed by Herring.
De’Vinner told Yahoo! that he believed former Bulldogs wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando was the only MSU coach that knew about the alleged violations. De’Vinner said Mirando introduced Redmond to Herring, but that both the coach and the booster wanted De’Vinner to “take the fall” for Herring’s relationship with the recruit.
Herring, a former MSU season ticket holder from Roswell, Ga., was disassociated from the school’s athletic program last July for “impermissible contact” with a recruit. Mirando resigned a month later — and less than two weeks before the season opener — citing “unforeseen personal issues.”
“I don’t think there were no other coaches in the know, but Denton was dealing with a lot of players over there,” De’Vinner told Yahoo!. “Will was the one caught up, but he was dealing with a lot of players.”
Mississippi State confirmed in August that the NCAA was investigating the school over possible “recruiting irregularity” involving Redmond. The school has only said that it was cooperating with the investigation.
Redmond, a 4-star recruit from Memphis (Tenn.) East High, redshirted last season.
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