This evening, Mississippi State director of athletics Scott Stricklin provided media with the following statement. It was provided to provide the MSU point of view after earlier comments made to media by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, in relation to the increasing controversy surrounding the 2009 recruitment of Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton.
"During the recruitment of a football prospective student-athlete, Mississippi State
was approached with an offer to provide an extra benefit. The offer was refused."
"MSU alerted the Southeastern Conference about the offer. MSU did not have any specific incriminating information about any other school, and thus could not provide any."
"As Commissioner Slive mentioned today, the SEC is not an investigative body. MSU has cooperated fully and completely with the NCAA from the time it began asking for our assistance, and looks forward to providing any and all help in this ongoing investigation."