Former Mississippi State Booster Accused Of Paying Players

The abrupt resignation of Mississippi State wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando just before the season began has developed into the story of a former booster allegedly providing benefits to players.

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Mississippi State loses schollies, no bowl ban

This story from last year is finally over.

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Miss. State to be hit with 'major' NCAA violations

The NCAA is set to announce major recruiting violations against Mississippi State believed to be centered on an incident that occurred last year.

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Byron De'Vinner Details Alleged Recruitment Violations By Mississippi State Booster

Byron De'Vinner, a 7-on-7 coach in Memphis, has become the center of a firestorm surrounding the Mississippi St. Bulldogs and the alleged actions of a former booster.

Earlier this week, De'Vinner joined Head-to-Head Radio and spilled the beans on Mississippi State's recruitment of freshman defensive back Will Redmond in an effort to "clear his name." During the interview, De'Vinner told the hosts that he saw a booster give Redmond a handshake that included about $200:

"Will Redmond is a kid that was basically taken advantage of by a booster and by an assistant coach," De'Vinner said on the radio show.

De'Vinner also reportedly told ESPN.com's Joe Schad that the same booster, Robert Denton Herring, had provided or attempted to provide benefits to other players:

"Denton was trying his hardest to get Frank Herron, a 2013 recruit, to come to Mississippi State," De'Vinner said. "He asked me to call his mom and say if he committed to State he could get her a better job. He also told me if Brandon Hill, who did not qualify at Alabama, committed to State, he could get him eligible because of a Mississippi State booster that was a counselor in his school. It comes back to pimping kids. And I wouldn't do it."

However, De'Vinner has since denied talking to Schad on the record:

De'Vinner has talked to NCAA investigators and laid out what he knows to Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde, as well. De'Vinner has also said that the NCAA is looking into the recruitment of at least one other as-yet-unidentified Memphis-area player.

For more on Bulldogs football, visit Mississippi State blog For Whom The Cowbell Tolls, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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Mississippi State Confirms NCAA 'Recruiting Irregularity' Investigation

Former Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando cited "personal issues" when he surprisingly stepped down just weeks before the beginning of the season after working for Dan Mullen for four years. Now, following a report that Mirando's resignation was due to a NCAA investigation into his recruitment of "at least one" current player, the school has confirmed something or other.

(No, this almost certainly has nothing to do with Cam Newton. Just getting that out of the way.)

Via Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger:

Over the last several months, Mississippi State has worked in cooperation with the NCAA to examine a potential recruiting irregularity. We are nearing the end of this examination, and it is our intent to provide additional details when it is complete.

So with the Miami and Oregon scandals winding down, might we have another one spring up out of nowhere to take their place? I don't know. It's probably nothing really all that major, but we've learned to be surprised by nothing at this point.

For more on Bulldogs football, visit Mississippi State blog For Whom The Cowbell Tolls, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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