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Reports: Mississippi State football under investigation by NCAA


Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE - The NCAA is conducting an investigation into "a potential recruiting irregularity involving the Mississippi State University football program.  


According to a report from ESPN.com national college football reporter Joe Schad, former Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando is under investigation for the recruitment of at least one player. However, MSU officials are currently declining comment on Schad's report. 


MSU officials released a two-sentence statement saying the school "over the last several months has worked in cooperation with the NCAA to examine a potential recruiting irregularity". The statement goes on to read that the investigation is "nearing the end". 


After several attempts at communicating with the NCAA Eligibility Center, NCAA Associate Director of Public and Media Relations Stacey Osburn released a statement to The Dispatch confirming MSU's statement to the media but "have no further comment" at this time. 


After being questioned on the matter Tuesday evening, MSU head coach Dan Mullen said he didn't have any further comment on Mirando's resignation except to add "I'm sure down the road, at some point, much later on, we will." 


According to a Memphis Commercial Appeal report, Byron De'Vinner, a former 7-on-7 team head coach of MSU freshman Will Redmond, has been questioned by NCAA investigators. De'Vinner was also the same 7-on-7 coach of current Auburn University running back Jovon Robinson. Robinson, who like Redmond is from Memphis, is having his eligibility investigated.  


According to Rivals.com, the only prospective student-athlete that signed with MSU's 2012 recruiting class that was primarily recruited by Mirando was Memphis four-star athlete Will Redmond. 




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