MSU Confirms July Disassociation Of Booster

Mississippi State provided media members Tuesday afternoon with four pages of documents related to an ongoing inquiry over the recruitment of a current Bulldog football player.

This documents involved Mississippi State informing a booster, whose name and address were redacted, of his disassociation from University athletic interests. The only names appearing at all were State compliance director Bracky Brett; and University legal counsel Mike Glazer of Overland Park, KS, on whose letterhead the two-page initial letter to the booster is written, and dated July 13.

In this letter, Glazier stated "The investigation has revealed that as a representative of Mississippi State's athletics interests (Bulldog Club member), you engaged in impermissible contact with the prospective student-athlete and that other violations of NCAA rules also may have occurred." It also stated how Brett communicated with the booster "on multiple occasions to request your cooperation with an interview to be conducted by a representative of the NCAA."

As of the letter's mailing the booster had declined to meet with NCAA representatives. The result of this is the booster now cannot participate in an organization recognized by MSU as a supporter; assist the University in the recruitment of prospects or provide benefits including employment to any enrolled student-athlete; donate in cash or kind to State athletics; or receive any privileges associated with MSU sports not available to the general public.

The booster communicated with Mississippi State on July 28 to confirm his season ticket purchase had been refunded but not his seat donation to the Bulldog Club. Three days later State notified the booster that the credit card account for that donation would be refunded as well.

Nowhere was the name of any prospect or signed player seen or even redacted. It has been reported that recruiting questions have arisen regarding a number of Memphis, Tenn., area prospects including MSU signee Will Redmond. The 2012 true freshman has been practicing at cornerback this preseason.

Redmond was recruited by former MSU wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando, who resigned on August 19, citing only "personal reasons" in the official confirmation.

Before providing today's document to media, the only official MSU comment came last Thursday. "Over the last several months, Mississippi State has worked in cooperation with the N.C.A.A. to examine a potential recruiting irregularity. We are nearing the end of this examination, and it is out intent to provide additional details when it is complete."

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