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Mississippi State athletics department distancing itself from football program booster

 

 

Matt Stevens

 

STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State University athletics department is actively disassociating itself with a booster involved in the NCAA investigation.  

 

In documents obtained by The Dispatch, the MSU compliance department has refunded the booster, whose named was blacked out in the paper work, its season ticket money for the 2012 season and his financial donation to the department.  

 

The letter from MSU's outside counsel Mike Glazier to the booster reads "the investigation has revealed that as a representative of Mississippi State's athletics interests, you engaged in impermissible contact with the prospective student-athlete and that other violations of NCAA rules also may have occurred."  

 

The letter goes on to say MSU's compliance department is actively trying to get the booster to interview with the NCAA, which he has declined numerous times to do. It also informs the booster the following things he is no longer allowed to participate in as an athletic booster at MSU:  

 

1. Participate in any organization recognized by MSU as a supporter of the University. 

 

2. Assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. 

 

3. Provide benefits, including employment, for any enrolled student-athlete.  

 

4. Send a gift of any kind for support of MSU athletics.  

 

5. Receive any privileges as an athletic booster not given to the general public 

 

 

 

Last week The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog reported The NCAA is conducting an investigation into a "potential recruiting irregularity" involving the Mississippi State University football program. 

 

Sources close to the situation confirmed to The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog the investigation, at least in part, involves an automobile purchased for MSU freshman defensive back Will Redmond. The Ford Mustang was purchased before Redmond signed with MSU this February from a used car dealership in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. 

 

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. 

 

MSU head coach Dan Mullen said Thursday evening when asked by reporters that the investigation "has been going on for the last several months". The Bulldogs four-year head coach did confirm Redmond was participating in practice Thursday. 

 

Mullen attempted to downplay the reports Thursday evening when told of the specific reporter who broke the news while MSU was on the practice field.  

 

"I would try to get a little more reliable source than Joe Schad," Mullen said. "I'm supposed to be coaching at State College, I guess, right now, too, according to Joe Schad last year. Wasn't that the case?" 

 

Since releasing its two-line statement regarding the matter, MSU officials have declined further comment on the NCAA investigation.  

 

 

 

All of the Dispatch MSU Sports Blog readers: feel free to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/matthewcstevens for up-to-date Mississippi State coverage.

 

 

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