STARKVILLE – New Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has embraced the team’s past, including former coach Jackie Sherrill.
Mullen might have gone a little too far Friday.
Sherrill was at practice, helping with the special teams. MSU is now looking into whether that constitutes an NCAA secondary rules violation.
“Obviously NCAA compliance is one of our department’s five defining principles, and as such we’ll review today’s events and respond appropriately,” team spokesman Joe Galbraith said in a statement.
Sherrill’s role Friday was consistent with that of a consultant. According to NCAA bylaws, such a consultant “may not be involved in any on- or off-field or on- or off-court coaching activities.”
Sherrill coached MSU from 1991-2003 and had a record of 75-75-2.
As for Friday’s practice, the Bulldogs fought strong winds and prepped for today’s 10 a.m. scrimmage.
“The next big (scrimmage) is the spring game, which is a little different – you split the team in half, so you don’t get to see all the execution,” Mullen said. “So (today) is the biggest scrimmage of the spring for us.”
The Maroon-White game is a week from today at 5:30 p.m.