Posted: 12:53 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013
Just weeks prior to the 2012 football season, Mississippi State fans were hit with the surprising news that the NCAA was looking into the school's recruiting tactics. Shortly after the initial announcement, details began to emerge of a situation involving incoming MSU freshman Will Redmond, an MSU booster, and former MSU wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando. Now, just a few months shy of a year after we were first made aware of the situation, the NCAA has announced its findings in the case, as well as the penalties being handed down to the Bulldogs in light of the infractions.
The Division 1 Committee on Infractions has announced the fate of a former assistant coach, Angelo Mirando, who was cited for unethical conduct for failing to report the booster’s activities when he became aware of them and providing false information during his first two interviews with the NCAA (source). After an ongoing investigation, the NCAA has made the decision to reprimand Mississippi State’s recruiting violations with the following penalties (source):
Robert Denton Herring, who has been disassociated from the MSU athletics program since last July, is the booster accused of allegedly making cash payments to a recruit and arranged for complimentary lodging and meals of the recruit’s coach, Bryan De’Vinner. De’Vinner had spoken to Mirando about the gifts given, who had confirmed them with the booster and saw no need to take action. A month after MSU’s disassociation with the booster, Mirando resigned for what the school termed "unforeseen personal issues."
Freshmen defensive back Will Redmond is the athlete named in the investigation, and despite the accusations, Redmond signed with Mississippi State in February. Redmond was a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and had offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt, among others. According to the NCAA's findings, all eligibility issues have been resolved, therefore Redmond is cleared to play for the 2013 season.
You can read the full 18-page report from the NCAA below: