Apparently Mississippi State pays their recruits not to visit their instate rival.
That's got to make them look real good in the recruiting world.
Citing improper contact with a recruit by a booster and “unethical conduct” by a former assistant football coach for failing to report the booster’s activities, the NCAA has handed out its penalty to Mississippi State .
- 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. The public report contains further details.
- 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).
While the NCAA release doesn’t mention specific names, the allegations center around a car purchased for MSU freshman defensive back Will Redmond before he signed in 2012. Redmond’s 7-on-7 summer coach Byron De’Vinner claimed last that year that former Mississippi State booster Robert Denton Herring broke multiple NCAA rules an effort to land the Memphis East High School defensive back. Redmond did not play last year.
The NCAA says the booster offered the recruit $6,000 if he didn’t take a visit to another university. The booster and friends provided a car to the recruit for $2,000 below market value.
Former wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigned two weeks before the start of the 2012 season.
The NCAA says a former assistant coach became aware of the booster violations but did not report them to university officials. He also denied any knowledge of the booster’s activities in an interview with the NCAA.