Miss. St. cuts ties with booster
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State has disassociated from an athletics booster because of "impermissible contact" with a prospective student-athlete.
The booster's name was redacted from documents provided to The Associated Press after a Freedom of Information Act request was made. Mississippi State announced last week that it is cooperating with the NCAA because of a "potential recruiting irregularity."
The letter to the disassociated booster is dated July 13. The university says the NCAA's investigation has lasted several months and is close to a conclusion.
Mississippi State says in the documents it has asked the disassociated booster to interview with the NCAA, but the booster has declined. It also says "other violations of NCAA rules also may have occurred."
The disassociation letter says the booster is not allowed to participate in any organization recognized by Mississippi State as a supporter of the athletic programs; make a financial gift to Mississippi State's athletic programs; or receive any other privileges from the school's athletic program not given to the general public.
The disassociation letter is the latest look into a football program dealing with NCAA scrutiny as the Bulldogs' season opener against Jackson State approaches Saturday.
Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigned Aug. 19, citing "unforeseen personal issues."
Coach Dan Mullen would not elaborate on the reasons for Mirando's departure.
Mississippi State freshman defensive back Will Redmond was the subject of an NCAA interview his coach at Memphis East High School gave, according to the coach, Marcus Wimberly.
"I told them as far as I was concerned his recruitment was on the up and up," Wimberly said. "Who knows what they're looking for. Will chose his school because he felt most comfortable and it was close to home."
Mullen said last week that Redmond is still practicing with the team.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that another player previously recruited by Mississippi State, cornerback Sheldon Dawson of Georgia, is also scheduled to visit with the NCAA relative to his recruitment. According to the Commercial Appeal, Mississippi State is a common thread among multiple interviews of Memphis-area players.
The NCAA has declined comment, except to confirm it is cooperating with Mississippi State.
Information from ESPN reporters Brett McMurphy and Joe Schad and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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