STARKVILLE – Jackie Sherrill won’t be attending any more Mississippi State football practices.
That’s part of the self-imposed action MSU outlined in a letter to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive on Tuesday, regarding an NCAA secondary rules violation.
Sherrill, State’s head coach from 1991-2003, was invited by head coach Dan Mullen to an April 10 practice. Sherrill offered instruction to the special teams unit, a violation of NCAA bylaw 126.96.36.199.4, which states that an outside consultant “may not be involved in any on- or off-field or on- or off-court coaching activities.”
Two other actions were taken: MSU will review issues related to the bylaw at its next coaches compliance meeting; and Mullen will be issued a letter of admonishment reminding him of his role regarding compliance.
The SEC will review the letter and pass it along to the NCAA, which, if it finds the self-imposed actions appropriate, will close the matter.
Neither Mullen nor Sherrill could be reached for comment.
TE Hurst leaving Bulldogs
– Tight end Nelson Hurst, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound sophomore, requested a release from his scholarship Tuesday and is seeking to transfer.
Hurst, of Plainfield, Ind., started 10 games for MSU last year, making two catches for 11 yards. He was one of several candidates for the starting job this season, including Marcus Green, who Hurst replaced after an early-season injury.
Hurst is the third player to depart the team since Mullen took over. Cornerback Anthony Johnson, who was under suspension, and athlete Montario Patterson left within the past three weeks.
State is also still without defensive back Maurice Langston and receiver Arceto Clark, who are under suspension after their arrests in separate incidents earlier this spring.
Hurst’s younger brother, James Hurst, has a scholarship offer from State, along with more than 20 other schools. The 6-5, 284-pound offensive tackle is the No. 1-rated prospect in Indiana by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He’s made at least one visit to MSU this spring.
Bulldogs win disc golf title
– It’s not an NCAA-sanctioned championship, but MSU can claim a national title. On Sunday, the Bulldogs captured the Collegiate Disc Golf Championship in Augusta, Ga.
They shot a 6-under par 62 to beat out Arkansas by seven strokes, and they used a Tupelo connection – five of the seven participants are from Tupelo and have been playing together since high school.
One, Drew Davis, led the effort earlier this year to reactive the school’s disc golf group and regain club sport status.
Davis, a junior, won the individual title on Saturday.
“The experience of going and winning was awesome,” he said, “but the road trip in itself was a good time, because we’ve known each other for so long.”
Disc golf involves the throwing of a Frisbee-like disc into a basket. The championships in Augusta used a 20-hole course.
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