By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
The NCAA Committee of Infractions will announce its findings of an investigation of Mississippi State’s football program on Friday. ESPN first reported the news today, and an MSU official confirmed that there will be a teleconference with the NCAA at 10 a.m., 15 minutes after its report is released.
ESPN also reported that MSU committed infractions considered to be major, and that they involve both former assistant coach Angelo Mirando and current defensive back Will Redmond. What penalties might be levied is not known, although the report says that head coach Dan Mullen will not be directly implicated in any violations.
In August, the school said in a release, “Over the last several months, Mississippi State has worked in cooperation with the N.C.A.A. to examine a potential recruiting irregularity.” The irregularity reportedly Mirando, who had just resigned his position citing “unforeseen personal issues.” ESPN reported that Mirando was being examined by the NCAA for his actions while recruiting at least one current MSU student-athlete.
Redmond, a freshman, is at the center of this investigation. ESPN reported that he was interviewed by the NCAA regarding this case, and Redmond’s 7-on-7 coach claimed that Redmond was offered $6,000 by an MSU booster, who has since been disassociated by the school for making impermissible contact with a student-athlete.
MSU officials will not be offering a comment until Friday.
Britton Banowsky, chair of the Committee of Infractions and commissioner of Conference USA, will be speaking on the teleconference Friday.
Mirando, a former graduate assistant at MSU, was promoted to receivers coach prior to the 2011 season. Redmond, a Memphis product, redshirted this past season.