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Mississippi State has confirmed an ongoing NCAA investigation into a "potential recruiting irregularity" and plans to cooperate fully.
ESPN's Joe Schad reported on Thursday that wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando suddenly resigned on Sunday because of the investigation related to his recruitment of at least one player on the Bulldogs' roster.
"That's been going on for the last several months," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said following Thursday's practice. "I'm not able to comment on any of that."
According to Schad's report, freshman defensive back Will Redmond was the subject of an NCAA interview that his high school coach, Marcus Wimberly, gave. However, Mullen later criticized the report and said Redmond has been practicing with the team.
Former Minnesota coach Tim Brewster, who was fired from Minnesota in 2010, was hired by Mississippi State to replace Mirando.
Mulllen said on Thursday that he didn't think the NCAA investigation would cause any sort of distraction for his team.
Knile Davis set for contact: The moment many Arkansas fans have been waiting for is coming. Interim coach John L. Smith said that running back Knile Davis will finally take contact during the Razorbacks' mock game Friday night.
Friday will mark the first time Davis has gone through contact since he broke his left ankle during preseason practice last year.
Smith and his staff have been very cautious with Davis, but the redshirt junior running back has insisted for a while now that he's been 100 percent.
Smith told reporters that his plan wasn't to put Davis through contact until Arkansas' opener against Jacksonville State on Sept. 1. However, Davis resisted and Smith gave in.
It's unknown how many snaps Davis will take, but if the coaches see enough from Davis early, you better believe they'll yank him out as fast as they can. They don't want to push him too much.
We'll soon find out just how ready Davis' football legs are.
Shaw has back spasms: South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw missed most of the Gamecocks' practice because of back spasms. Coach Steve Spurrier said during his radio show on Thursday that Shaw's back made it tough for him to move during practice, so the coaches sent him in for treatment.
With the Gamecocks off until Saturday, the hope is that Shaw's back will heal some. It's unknown if this is serious, but with the season opener against Vanderbilt about a week away, South Carolina's staff will no doubt monitor Shaw and be careful with him in practice between now and then. Shaw has done so well since the spring that there isn't much reason to push him this close to the season.
There isn't much experience at all behind Shaw, so losing Shaw would be a major blow to the Gamecocks' offense.
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