Questioned summer league coach skips press conference

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

Byron De’Vinner has something to say, but he’s keeping quiet for now.
The summer-league football coach had intended to hold a press conference this weekend to discuss the NCAA’s investigation into Mississippi State regarding a “potential recruiting irregularity,” which reportedly involves Angelo Mirando, who resigned as MSU receivers coach on Sunday citing “unforeseen personal issues.”
De’Vinner coached MSU freshman Will Redmond in 7-on-7 summer ball. ESPN’s Joe Schad reported Thursday that Redmond was the subject of an interview the NCAA conducted with Redmond’s high school coach, Marcus Wimberly.
De’Vinner told the Journal in a text message on Thursday night that he was planning a press conference for either Friday or today to “clear my name and go public in the Miss State and Auburn investigation.”
Auburn freshman Jovon Robinson, who was also coached by De’Vinner, has been declared ineligible because a guidance counselor falsified his high school transcript.
On Friday, De’Vinner said he was not holding a press conference on the advice of his attorney, who told him “to hold off for now.”
Mirando was replaced by former Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster on Thursday.
New depth chart
MSU released an updated depth chart on Friday, and it appears the middle linebacker battle is settled for now. Redshirt freshman Benardrick McKinney is listed as the starter ahead of sophomore Ferlando Bohanna.
Blaine Clausell is listed first team at left tackle, which is not unexpected. Positions that don’t yet have a starter named include right tackle (Damien Robinson and Charles Siddoway), safety (Corey Broomfield and Jay Hughes) and kicker (Devon Bell and Brian Egan).
Fan day, student tickets
MSU will hold its annual fan day today at the Palmeiro Center. Doors open at noon, and players and coaches will sign autographs from 1-3 p.m. The Egg Bowl trophy, which MSU has been in possession of for 1,000 days, will be available for fan photographs.
Also, student season tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. at Davis Wade Stadium. MSU has sold out of student tickets each of the past three seasons.
brad.locke@journalinc.com