By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
UPDATE: A football coach in Tennessee said he saw Mississippi State freshman defensive back Will Redmond receive money from a booster during the recruiting process.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Redmond is still practicing with the team, though he hasn’t played in a game this season, The Associated Press reported.
“We’re not commenting on any of that stuff at this time,” Mullen said on Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference teleconference.
Mississippi State freshman football player Will Redmond was given money by a booster, according to his former seven-on-seven coach.
Byron De’Vinner said on Head to Head Radio on Tuesday that Redmond received impermissible benefits from a booster
“I saw a handshake for $100, $200, I witnessed that,” De’Vinner said, adding that there were other benefits, like a jacket.
MSU recently disassociated itself from a booster over potential NCAA rules violations.
De’Vinner said he has spoken with both the NCAA and MSU’s compliance department, and De’Vinner said he’s trying to “clear my name up.” He said Angelo Mirando, the former MSU assistant coach who resigned Aug. 19 for “unforeseen personal reasons,” knew about the benefits.
De’Vinner said Redmond “was basically taken advantage of by a booster and by an assistant coach.”
De’Vinner did not return messages from the Journal seeking further comment.
A Yahoo report on Wednesday identified the booster involved with De’Vinner and Redmond as Robert Denton Herring of Roswell, Ga.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.