August 29, 2013 7:22:46 AM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University offensive line coach John Hevesy finally did a national interview about former New England Patriots tight end and currently indicted murder suspect Aaron Hernandez.
MSU officials had been closely monitoring interview requests from several national outlets of Hevesy, who recruited Hernandez to the University of Florida program under head coach Urban Meyer, in order to not cause distraction to the start of the Bulldogs 2013 season. Hevesy coached the tight ends at Florida while current MSU coach Dan Mullen was the Gators offensive coordinator. Mullen took Hevesy with him to MSU when he accepted the job in Starkville in 2009.
Hevesy was quoted in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine in a story written by Paul Solotaroff and Ron Borges detailing Hernandez's background including his time at Florida and details on the murder investigation.
Here is a link to the online article: http://www.rollingstone.com/feature/the-gangster-in-the-huddle
A Bristol (Mass.) County grand jury indicted Hernandez on a first-degree murder charge and five weapons charges last week.
Hevesy detailed an apparent helplessness in making Hernandez feel comfortable at Florida despite having a troubled past in Bristol, Conn.
"But there's only so much you can do in three years," says John Hevesy. "Bristol had him for 17 before he came to us. In the end, I guess, that trumped what we put in."
The MSU coach then spoke about the people Hernandez spent a lot of time with at Florida that some classified as gangsters.
"I never saw him with them, but misery attracts misery: There's vultures waiting to swoop," says Hevesy, who the Rolling Stone piece documents that he brought him home for meals twice a week, took him deep-sea fishing and treated him like the oldest of his three kids. "He played video games with my son, and my daughter wore his jersey to sleep. But whenever he left campus, he'd come back different. That's when the problems happened."
It's more than likely this is the last time Hevesy will comment on the Hernandez story and Mullen has not commented on his former player at Florida in the last month during fall camp.
Mississippi State opens up the 2013 season with the Texas Kickoff Classic against No. 13 Oklahoma State University in Reliant Stadium in Houston (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2).
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