NCAA hits Mississippi State with two-year probation; Former assistant gets show-cause
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he NCAA’s investigation into the Mississippi State football program found that a booster befriended a Bulldogs football recruit and provided him with a variety of impermissible benefits, including cash and the use of a car.
It also found that the booster became friends with a former MSU assistant who learned of the booster’s activity, but provided false information to NCAA investigators by denying any knowledge of what the booster was doing in initial interviews.
The Committee on Infractions hit Mississippi State with eight penalties, six of which the school had already self-imposed. Those penalties included two years probation, as well as a reduction of football scholarships, official visits and the number of in-person recruiting days.
Former Bulldogs assistant Angelo Mirando, who resigned in August citing “unforeseen personal issues,” was given a one-year show-cause order. If Mirando seeks employment at an NCAA member school during that one-year period, he and the school must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the school should be subject to the show-cause procedures.
Though none of the parties were named, the booster is believed to be Robert Denton Herring of Roswell, Ga. Herring, a former MSU season ticket holder, was reportedly disassociated by the school’s athletic department last July.
The report states the booster arranged for the recruit, believed to be 2012 Bulldogs signee Will Redmond, to use cars, provided him cash on multiple occasions and other benefits, including the sale of a car for approximately $2,000 below its actual value. The NCAA also found that the booster told the recruit prior to an official visit to another school that if he did not take the visit, the recruit would be paid $6,000.
Mirando’s show-cause and the two-year probation are effective immediately, and the probation ends June 6, 2015. The committee also accepted the following self-imposed sanctions:
- Reduction of official visits to 39, from the four-year average of 41, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
- Reduction of recruiting days during the spring evaluation period by four, from 168 to 164, for the 2012-13 academic year.
- Reduction of total scholarships by two, from 85 to 83, for the 2012-13 academic year.
- Reduction of initial and total scholarships by two, from 25 to 23 and 85 to 83, respectively, for the 2013-14 academic year.
- No complimentary admissions to football recruits or the first two SEC games of the 2013 season.
- Disassociation of the booster by the university’s athletics program.