By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
An NCAA investigation into Mississippi State’s football program has come to an end, and the findings will be revealed today.
The NCAA has been investigating MSU for several months regarding what the school called a “potential recruiting irregularity” involving former assistant coach Angelo Mirando and current defensive back Will Redmond.
At 9:45 a.m. today, the NCAA Committee of Infractions will make its report public, and its chairman, Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, will hold a teleconference with the media at 10. ESPN reported Thursday that MSU committed major violations, although it’s not known how severe the penalties will be.
According to CBSSports.com, MSU is “bracing for potential scholarship losses,” and there could be self-imposed penalties as well. The school said in August that it was working closely with the NCAA during the investigation.
ESPN also reported that the investigation is more focused on Mirando than it is head coach Dan Mullen. Mirando, a graduate assistant who was promoted to wide receivers coach following the 2010 season, resigned Aug. 19 citing “unforeseen personal issues.”
Four days later, ESPN reported on the NCAA’s investigation.
ESPN reported that Mirando was being examined by the NCAA because of his recruitment of at least one current MSU student-athlete.
Redmond, a freshman from Memphis, was allegedly offered $6,000 by an MSU booster, Robert Denton Herring. That was according to Byron De’Vinner, Redmond’s former summer league coach, who also said he witnessed Redmond receive impermissible benefits.
MSU disassociated itself from Herring in July for making impermissible contact with a prospective student-athlete.
Redmond did not play his freshman season, but he has remained with the team and drew praise from Mullen in the spring.
The school is expected to comment once the report is released.