Published January 13, 2015
Mississippi State's football program has been slapped with two years of probation and scholarship reductions as part of NCAA penalties stemming from recruiting violations.
Former assistant coach Angelo Mirando was also given a show-cause order by the NCAA, citing him with unethical conduct for failing to report a booster's activities when he became aware of them and providing the NCAA with false information.
The booster, according to the NCAA, gave a potential recruit the use of cars and cash while providing other benefits.
Mirando, who took responsibility for not reporting the violations when he voluntarily appeared at a hearing, resigned in August before the school announced the NCAA's investigation.
The two-year probation period will run until June 6, 2015. The NCAA accepted the school's self-imposed penalty of the loss of two scholarships for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
Another school-imposed penalty, the reduction of official recruiting visits for the next two years, was also accepted by the NCAA.