Mississippi State Football: Report Alleges NCAA Investigation Involves a Car

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 24, 2012

News broke Thursday that the NCAA was investigating "recruiting irregularities" at Mississippi State after ESPN.com's Joe Schad tweeted that the resignation of former Bulldog wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando stems from an ongoing investigation.

Now, we may know what that irregularity is.

According to Matt Stevens of the Columbus (Miss.) Dispatch, part of the investigation revolves around a Ford Mustang purchased for current Bulldog defensive back Will Redmond shortly before he signed with Mississippi State.

That would certainly qualify as an irregularity.

Mississippi State and the NCAA have both confirmed the existence of the investigation and that the university is working in cooperation with the NCAA. That didn't stop Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen from questioning the report, according to the Dispatch.

"I would try to get a little more reliable source than Joe Schad," Mullen said. "I'm supposed to be coaching at State College, I guess, right now, too, according to Joe Schad last year. Wasn't that the case?"

According to the report, the automobile was purchased in Redmond's hometown of Memphis, Tenn., a city that has been the subject of some concern lately.

Auburn signee and Memphis native Jovon Robinson was ruled as a non-qualifier by the NCAA after Kyle Veazey of the Memphis Commercial Appeal revealed that a guidance counselor falsified his transcript. Veazey also reported that the city of Memphis is on the NCAA's radar.

Veazey reports that the NCAA has spoken to Byron De'Vinner, the 7-on-7 coach for Redmond and Robinson. De'Vinner plans on clearing his name and clearing the air regarding the investigation, according to Stevens:

In a text message to media, Byron De'Vinner says he will hold a media conference today or Sat. to "clear my name......"

— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 24, 2012


De'Vinner, who was Will Redmond's 7-on-7 coach, (cont.): ".....and go public in MSU and Auburn investigation."

— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 24, 2012

Only one more week until actual football.