Report: NCAA accepts Mississippi State's self-imposed sanctions
The NCAA has accepted Mississippi State's self-imposed sanctions -- losing two football scholarships -- as a result of an investigation of the recruiting of Will Redmond, according to Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.
Joe Schad of ESPN is reporting penalties include two years probation, the loss of four visits and four scholarships.
Mississippi State wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigned, just prior to the 2012 season, a move ESPN reported to be related to an NCAA investigation into his recruitment of at least one Bulldogs player. The school said Mirando resigned for "unforeseen personal issues."
Redmond, a Mississippi State freshman defensive back, reportedly was the subject of an NCAA interview of his Memphis East High School coach, Marcus Wimberly. Redmond did not play during the 2012 season.
The Clarion Ledger reported in September that a summertime 7-on-7 football coach in Nashville witnessed a booster give Redmond money.
From the Clarion Ledger:
Byron De’Vinner, who has been interviewed by NCAA investigators, told the Head to Head radio show in Mississippi on Tuesday that he saw a “handshake” between the booster and Redmond and that former MSU receivers coach Angelo Mirando was aware of those benefits.
De’Vinner confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger on Tuesday afternoon that he called into the radio show, and added that the handshake between the booster and Redmond included about “$200.” He declined to answer further questions.
“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 said the booster gave Redmond a jacket and "lined up some other things" for him. He claims the booster never purchased a car for Redmond.