NCAA Punishes Mississippi State U. for Recruiting Violations in Football

Mississippi State University has been hit with two years of probation and a reduction in football scholarships after the NCAA found that a booster provided impermissible benefits to a top prospect, the NCAA announced on Friday.

The NCAA said a former assistant coach for the Bulldogs learned of the booster’s improper activity but did not report it to university officials. The NCAA cited the coach for unethical conduct for failing to report the booster’s activities and for making false statements in interviews about the matter.

The university self-imposed several of the penalties in the case, including the reductions in scholarships, official visits, and recruiting days.

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