Mississippi St. to get penalized
The NCAA will announce infractions for Mississippi State's football program on Friday morning, a source told ESPN.
The NCAA announced Friday's 11 a.m. ET conference call, but did not specify which sport it involved.
Because Mississippi State has gone before the NCAA Committee on Infractions, the Bulldogs' improprities are major in nature. A source confirmed that former wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando is a key element to the infractions and that coach Dan Mullen is not expected to be directly implicated.In August, Mississippi State confirmed an ongoing NCAA investigation into a "potential recruiting irregularity." The school said the investigation was "nearing an end" and it would cooperate fully. In July, Mississippi State disassociated from an athletics booster because of "impermissible contact" with a student-athlete.
"That's been going on for the last several months," Mullen said last August. "I'm not able to comment on any of that."
A statement released last August by the school said Mirando resigned because of "unforeseen personal issues." In the statement, Mirando said, "It is in my best interest to resign from Mississippi State." He also said he wanted to "stress that these issues are personal."
Mississippi State freshman defensive back Will Redmond was the subject of an NCAA interview that his coach at Memphis East High School gave, according to the coach, Marcus Wimberly, ESPN reported.
"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 criticized ESPN last summer regarding the Redmond story and said that the defensive back is still practicing with the team.
The Bulldogs hired former Minnesota coach Tim Brewster to fill Mirando's position. After one season, Brewster left to become an assistant at Florida State.
Information from ESPN's Joe Schad was used in this report.
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