Mississippi State Placed On Probation
By Nate Woelfel
The NCAA handed down sanctions to the Mississippi State football program on Tuesday and placed the Bulldogs on probation for two years.
As part of the sanctions four scholarships were stripped and four recruiting visits have been lost. Mississippi State offered to self-impose those penalties, and the NCAA accepted.
Former wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando was also cited for unethical conduct.
All of this stems from an NCAA investigation which revealed that the team had improper contact with cornerback recruit Will Redmond. A report on the investigation released Friday, also reveals that Redmond received improper benefits from a booster. The benefits reportedly included cash and the use of vehicles.
"The booster befriended a top Mississippi State recruit and began arranging for him to use cars, gave him cash and provided other benefits," the report stated. "During the recruitment, the booster exchanged more than 100 phone calls with the recruit, assisted the recruit in securing a car to drive to a campus visit and provided cash to the recruit on multiple occasions. Additionally, the booster and his friend provided a car to the recruit for approximately $2,000 below the actual value of the car. Prior to taking an official visit to a different university, the booster told the recruit that if he did not take the visit, the recruit would be paid $6,000."
Mirando, who vacated his post last August, was given a one-year, show-cause penalty. This means any school looking to hire him at the collegiate level within the next year would have to appear before the NCAA infractions committee and possibly face sanctions themselves.
Redmond has been deemed eligible to play this season.