February 17, 2009
A minor issue that kept Mississippi State signee Chad Bumphis from being eligible for nearly two months has been resolved.
MSU asked the NCAA to reinstate Bumphis, a four-star wide receiver from Tupelo, after he was involved in a secondary rules violation with former football coach Sylvester Croom.
Bracky Brett, MSU associate athletic director for compliance, said secondary violations happen often, and the one involving Bumphis was not out of the ordinary.
"(Bumphis was ineligible) from the time we made the report until we asked the reinstatement staff to reinstate him," Brett said. "It was a pretty standard procedure based on case precedence in those matters."
In an Oct. 10, 2008, letter sent to the Southeastern Conference, MSU self-reported a violation which apparently took place Sept. 8, 2008. The violation involved the limit, amount, and nature of contact coaches have with prospects. It happened when Bumphis grabbed Croom''s shoulder during a visit with Tupelo coach Eric Collins.
Brett said the matter was resolved quickly because MSU self-reported the violation and notified the SEC immediately.
"In a secondary violation, he''s reinstated based on the actions we took in case precedence in same type cases," Brett said. "It''s just going through the formality. This kind of stuff happens in other sports all of the time. This one received more exposure because it was football."