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Report: coach says he saw Miss. St. WR receive money from booster

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Things with Mississippi State and the NCAA over the allegations of impermissible benefits don’t seem to be getting better after an appearance by a summer 7-0n-7 coach on the Head to Head radio show Tuesday afternoon.

Byron De’Vinner, a summertime 7-on-7 football coach in Nashville, told the radio show he witnessed a money handshake between MSU defensive back Will Redmond and a booster. De’Vinner later confirmed to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that the “handshake” included “about $200.”

The NCAA has been investigating MSU over possible “recruiting irregularity” which reportedly involves Redmond. The school later confirmed it was working with the NCAA to figure out specifics. News of the NCAA’s interest came late last month on the heels of the resignation of Bulldogs wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando.

While Mirando’s resignation was attributed to “personal reasons”, but ESPN’s Joe Schad reported that Mirando resigned ”in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation into his recruitment of at least one Bulldogs player [reportedly Redmond].” Per the Tuesday radio interview, De’Vinner says Mirando was aware of the reported money handshake between the booster and Redmond. 

More from the report:

“Will Redmond is a kid that was basically taken advantage of by a booster and by an assistant coach,” De’Vinner said on the radio show.

De’Vinner, who said he is close Redmond’s family, refuted that the booster purchased a Ford Mustang for Redmond.

“But did I physically see inappropriate benefits? Yes, I did,” De’Vinner said, adding that the booster said he mailed Redmond a jacket and “lined up some other things.”

The report from the Clarion-Ledger does not say if the booster was a representative from MSU. Late last month, the school disassociated itself from a booster for engaging “in impermissible contact with the prospective student-athlete.” The name of the booster was redacted, but it was determined to be a member of the Bulldog Club.

De’Vinner also told the paper he interviewed for a job at Mississippi State in January. He adds that he has cooperated with both NCAA investigators and MSU compliance during the investigation.

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12 Responses to “Report: coach says he saw Miss. St. WR receive money from booster”
  1. coolhorn46 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:07 AM

    Money being exchanged in the SEC???

    I’m shocked I tell you! I’m shocked!!!

    In other news tonight, dog bites man and water is wet.

    At just $200.00, he must have been the blue light special.

  2. mhalt99 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:17 AM

    if you work it out per hour, this kid is getting paid less than a 8 year old in an Asian based factory (or US factory pre child labor laws).

    but the education he is receiving is worth……….what does OWS think his education is worth?

  3. tigersgeaux says: Sep 12, 2012 8:08 AM

    Things do not look good for Mississippi State. This investigation has been going on for quite a while now. Looks like we could have a similar situation as happened with Reggie Bush of USC, costing them a BCS Championship, and other penalties.

    If it is true about the Bulldogs as it appears it is, they also will be penalized. It could turn out to be a culture of “impermissible benefits”, in which case, the NCAA will come down hard. Unlike USC, the Bulldogs do not have a national championship to vacate, or post-season appearances in bowls to lose, but they likely will lose quite a few scholarships, a fine, and other penalties.

    This is never good for any coaching staff and its frustrates coaching staffs and players that often have nothing to do with the violations, but just about any penalty will affect them all.

  4. dg0122 says: Sep 12, 2012 9:15 AM

    this is not even newsworth in the $EC…someone may want to check out the registrations of some of the cars driven by the players in Baton Rogue, though…

  5. tigersgeaux says: Sep 12, 2012 9:27 AM

    That’s an old story. News crews checked all the tags and the vehicles all belong to the Swamp People. Who ever knew selling alligator hides was so lucrative!

  6. Romulus says: Sep 12, 2012 9:43 AM

    After all that finger pointing by Miss St. during the recruitment of Cam… …karma is a biitch.

  7. mikefoxtrottango says: Sep 12, 2012 9:55 AM

    “You can not expect 19, 20-year-old kids to say no to free stuff when they’re in college.” — Colt McCoy’s wife.

  8. kozbee says: Sep 12, 2012 10:13 AM

    Miss st has pointed a finger many times only to get away but looks like its time to see it actually falling on Miss st.$200.00 was lunch money i`d bet,then a new mustang and sure it all amounts up to a hilltop that we can`t see till its all over.This cracks me up Redmond was being taken advantage of like this kid doesnt know how to say no and keep his hands in his pockets.If Will Redmond is smart enough to open his hand then hes smart enough to know what Boosters can do to your career.IMO Redmond you just got busted and imo it can`t happen to a better team Miss st.And by the way sure hope the jacket fits

  9. bunyanj says: Sep 12, 2012 10:37 AM

    Who offered the money to Cam Newton’s father? Miss St. Jackie Sherrill passed out more money than free tickets. Our great SEC Commissioner, Mike Slive, has looked the other way for years at the big money passed out at Alabama and LSU. Now he has to take one for pocket change at a second rate program. I wonder if he is going to investigate the Red Elephants during his final two years of vacation.

  10. thraiderskin says: Sep 12, 2012 10:39 AM

    Ummm… my understanding is that this only happens in the B1G, I’m sure I read that in the comments on this site, at some point.

  11. pacific123ocean says: Sep 12, 2012 12:12 PM

    The NCAA will do nothing about this. He was smart to use cash…without a paper trail, he will just deny it and it’s the end of the story.

  12. paperlions says: Sep 12, 2012 4:06 PM

    I’m not sure the NCAA understands what “irregularity” means. I didn’t read anything in the story that didn’t seem perfectly regular.

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