By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – On the day Mississippi State found its new wide receivers coach, it was reported that the previous one was under investigation by the NCAA.
Angelo Mirando, who resigned his position with MSU on Sunday citing “unforeseen personal issues,” is the subject of an NCAA probe into his recruiting practices, according to a report by Joe Schad of ESPN.
MSU confirmed that, “over the last several months,” the school and NCAA have “worked in cooperation … to examine a potential recruiting irregularity. We are nearing the end of this examination, and it is our intent to provide additional details when it is complete.”
Head coach Dan Mullen declined to say whether this situation was related to Mirando’s resignation, and he did not want to comment on any part of the school’s cooperation with the NCAA. Athletics director Scott Stricklin declined to comment.
In a statement to the Daily Journal, the NCAA confirmed that it is working with MSU “regarding this matter,” but it had no further comment.
According to Schad, the probe centers around Mirando’s recruitment of at least one current MSU player. Later in the report, Schad said freshman defensive back Will Redmond was the subject of an interview the NCAA conducted with his head coach at Memphis East, Marcus Wimberly.
However, Schad did not say that Redmond, who was highly recruited, was the athlete in question in the NCAA’s investigation.
When reached on Thursday by the Journal, Redmond’s summer league coach, Byron De’Vinner, declined to comment about whether he had knowledge of the situation.
He said he knows Mirando, but when asked about how often he deals with Mirando, De’Vinner said, “I don’t even want to talk about all that stuff. I’m sorry.”
De’Vinner also coached Jovon Robinson, the Auburn freshman whose high school transcript is being scrutinized by the NCAA. Like Redmond, he’s from Memphis. De’Vinner is based in Nashville.
Mullen said Redmond has been practicing with the team, and then he questioned Schad’s reporting.
“I would try to get a little more reliable source than Joe Schad,” Mullen said with a laugh. “I’m supposed to be coaching at (Penn State), I guess, right now, too, according to Joe Schad last year. Wasn’t that the case?”
Meanwhile, MSU broke in new receivers coach Tim Brewster, who was head coach at Minnesota for 31/2 years.
The 51-year-old had just taken a job with the CBS College Sports network earlier this month, but when he saw the MSU opening, he was eager to take a shot at returning to the field and sought the job.
“I can’t tell you how great it was to be back on the grass today,” said Brewster, who was at Thursday’s practice. “I missed it badly.”
Brewster was 15-30 at Minnesota and was fired midway through the 2010 season. He was an NFL assistant for five seasons, and prior to that he had stints at Texas (1998-2001) and North Carolina (1989-97).