Mississippi State University has dismissed senior wide receiver Fred Brown, per a Thursday morning announcement. An athletic department spokesman confirmed that Brown is no longer a student at the University. Meaning, he can no longer be a Bulldog athlete either.
The reason given was violation of the University honor code, though no specific violation—or more likely, violations given these policies—has been provided.
Brown, a 13-game starter in the 2015 season, was running first team at split end this spring for three weeks. He was not at last Saturday’s scrimmage at Scott Field, for what Coach Dan Mullen at the time would only call “some family deals” when asked.
Coaches typically do not comment directly on student-athletes involved with most sorts of University discipline review until the University has issued a decision.
Brown was the fourth-leading receiver on the 2015 team with 27 catches for 412 yards and three touchdowns.
His dismissal means no starting receiver from last season is available this spring game. Top target Fred Ross underwent groin surgery before spring camp began; and Donald Gray was sidelined in the second week by a knee problem. Both are expected for pre-season.
Mullen’s eighth spring game at Mississippi State kicks at 11:00am this Saturday. The Bulldogs have a closed Thursday practice scheduled, with media due to talk to offensive personnel but not the head coach. Friday’s practice to set up the spring game is also closed with no media access afterwards.