January 20, 2010 9:43:00 AM
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State athletic officials are investigating an alleged incident involving football recruits during the first official weekend of visits.
It has been reported that a small number of recruits may have visited an adult establishment in Clay County.
MSU football team spokesman Joe Galbraith released a statement Tuesday afternoon concerning the incident.
Galbraith said in the statement that university policy is reviewed with student-athletes before every official visit and following the visits, all activities are reviewed to make sure all visits are in compliance with the university, Southeastern Conference and NCAA policies.
It was during that review that the athletic department was made aware of the off-campus activity and "outside the approved itinerary and certainly without the approval or consent of our coaches or athletic department."
"Our athletic director, compliance office and coaching staff were all immediately made aware of the possible incident, and we are reviewing the facts at this time," Galbraith said in the statement. "As always, if it is determined that a violation of official visit policy has transpired, we will take appropriate action. At this time, however, it appears that this is an isolated incident involving only a small number of individuals."
MSU Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Bracky Brett was greeted with the issue after returning from the NCAA Convention in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Brett chose not to comment about any potential violation that may have occurred due to the incident.
"Right now, we just don''t know enough about what happened," Brett said.
Galbraith said officials don''t plan to speak further on the matter until all facts are known.
cover up commented at 1/25/2010 7:44:00 PM:
Members of the team have been going to that strip club since it opened under the former owner. Nothing is new and they were there. These are violations and unless we want more sanctions against our growing team, someone has to step up and do something. Bust the club for allowing this. Call the sheriff and Hwy. patrol and get them to do something with the drivers and patrons that leave drunk and send someone in to check out the age and what is really going inside that club. We gotta do something people or don't be surprised at what happens. Why not look into who owns that club or has an interest in it and who they are friends with and what "board" they sit on. It isn't pretty guys. Got the guts to do it?