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Mississippi State football program gets two years probation

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The NCAA has put Mississippi State's football program on two years probation and taken away two scholarships for providing improper recruiting benefits.

A Mississippi State booster made recruiting contact with top prospect and gave him money, use of a car and other benefits that is not permitted by the NCAA.

Also, a former assistant coach, who was friends with the booster, knew about the violations and didn't report them.

Mississippi State conducted it's own investigation and took action. The NCAA accepted some of the university's self-imposed penalties.

Penalties in this care include:

Public reprimand and censure.

  • Two years of probation from June 7, 2013 through June 6, 2015.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach, which prevents him from recruiting activities and booster interaction. The public report contains further details.
  • A reduction of the number of official visits to 39, from the four-year average of 41, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (Self-imposed by the university).
  • A reduction of the number of recruiting days during the spring evaluation period by four, from 168 to 164, for the 2013-14 academic year (Self-imposed by the university).
  • A reduction in the number of total scholarships by two, from 85 to 83, for the 2012-13 academic year (Self-imposed by the university).
  • A reduction in the number of initial and total scholarships by two, from 25 to 23 and 85 to 83, respectively, for the 2013-14 academic year (Self-imposed by the university).
  • For the first two conference contests of the 2013 season, complimentary admissions to football recruits will be prohibited (Self-imposed by the university).
  • Disassociation of the booster by the university's athletics program. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report (Self-imposed by the university).

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