By the time Coach Sylvester Croom took the podium at noon the rumor had been squelched among attending media, though the 'story' ran the rounds of message boards all morning. And Croom pre-empted any further questions on the subject by bringing it up himself in opening remarks.
"I don't know when that is going to be announced," the coach said of potential rulings and sanctions. "But as I've said, whenever that comes about - I hope it does prior to our game with Tulane - but whenever it does we'll have a victory party around here. Because at least it will be over and I'll feel we have won, whatever it is. And we'll move forward from there."
MSU officials would not comment on the record, but the current consensus is that the rulings now might not arrive until the end of August, if that soon. State appeared before the committee in Indianapolis on June 17, and the NCAA allows up to 90 days for a final report to be issued.
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