The John Riek-Mississippi State Controversy Continues

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IMay 4, 2009

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 19:  Head coach Rick Stansbury of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts in the first half while taking on the Washington Huskies during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden on March 19, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Apparently, there is a great deal of confusion surrounding John Riek’s supposed commitment to MSU. Rivals reports that Riek signed a Letter of Intent, which is binding, on Apr. 15 of this year. However, Scout.com reports that Riek has not signed with anyone, and the school never published any release regarding the 7'2" 19-year-old.

The most likely scenario here is that a source close to Riek believed he had the intention of signing with Cincinnati, and thus leaked it to Rivals, who went with the story. I suspect there was simply no signature or papers, or Rick Stansbury wouldn’t have been recruiting Riek knowing the potential punishments and bad PR.

In addition, every school publishes a release after a commitment signs—and no doubt when one as highly regarded as Riek does—and thus all signs seem to point to a fair and clean MSU commitment.

No official word has come from either department outside of Fox Sports, although many sources confirm Riek was on campus at MSU this weekend.

I’ll keep everyone updated as this situation unfolds.