Fant Out for Oregon Game

EUGENE, Ore. – Mississippi State's appeal to restore the eligibility of junior quarterback Kevin Fant (Moss Point, Miss.) for Saturday's season-opening game between the Bulldogs and the Oregon Ducks was denied by the NCAA Friday.

"Kevin Fant is suspended for this game due to a self-reported incident," head football coach Jackie Sherrill said. "Mississippi State and the Southeastern Conference believe the incident did not warrant a suspension."

MSU officials self-reported a violation involving Fant to the NCAA earlier this week. The NCAA originally suspended Fant for one game Thursday. Fant did not travel with the team to Oregon Thursday night.

"We appealed this one-game suspension and were not granted the decision that we had wished," Sherrill said. "The incident is put behind us and we will move on."

MSU redshirt freshman Kyle York (Spring, Texas) will be the starting quarterback when the Bulldogs face the nationally 15th-ranked Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Kickoff for the Fox Sports Net national telecast is 3 p.m. PT (5 p.m. CT).

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