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A former Mississippi State student and part-time athletics department tutor committed academic misconduct and, as a result, the NCAA has hit the school with a number of sanctions, including probation.

In a release by the NCAA, the tutor helped 10 football student-athletes and a men’s basketball student-athlete in an online general chemistry course by completing multiple assignments, exams and, according to the release, “nearly the entire course for student-athletes” during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year.

In the agreement, which was approved by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel, eight football student-athletes and the men’s basketball student-athlete competed while ineligible.

Mississippi State has been put on three years of probation and lost four scholarships over a two-year span.

This season, Mississippi State will now have 10 players miss eight games this season due to suspension.

“Our staff at Mississippi State was proactive in our preventative measures, quick to respond, and worked in full cooperation with the NCAA enforcement staff," Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen said in a statement. "With all of the compliance training that our staff and student-athletes go through on a year-round basis, it is unfortunate that a student serving as a part-time tutor was able to lead our student-athletes astray. Nevertheless, we take full responsibility for these actions. Mississippi State will work diligently to continue a culture of compliance and continue to take proactive measures moving forward.”

The full is list of penalties for the academic misconduct are as follows:

  • A fine of $5,000, plus 1% each of the football and men’s basketball budgets.
  • A reduction of two football scholarships during each of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.
  • A reduction of one men’s basketball scholarship during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • A reduction of four football official visits from the program’s four-year average of 40 visits during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • A reduction of two men’s basketball official visits from the program’s four-year average of 10 visits during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 rolling two-year period.
  • A prohibition of football unofficial visits during one home contest for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.
  • A prohibition of men’s basketball unofficial visits during two home contests for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.
  • A reduction of football evaluation days by two in the fall 2019 and 10 in spring 2020.
  • A reduction of men’s basketball recruiting-person days by six in the spring of 2020.
  • Three years of probation.
  • A vacation of records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the contests impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
  • A disassociation of the former tutor.
  • All involved student-athletes must conduct one rules education session on the consequences of academic misconduct.
  • Participation in the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals program review and Academic Integrity Assessment process.
  • A 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing her must restrict her from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.

The tutor did not choose to participate in interviews during the investigation.

The names of the players have not been released at this time.

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11 minutes ago, AUsince72 said:

Big shocker, it happens after Mullen's gone...

My first thought as well. 

I've only met good MSU fans and I don't wish them any ill will- we have sympathetic leanings from extremely decent people on this board- but suffice it to say our relationship with that football program has been complicated the last 10 years and I don't have a ton of sympathy for the people in charge over there.

No matter whose fault it was, we didn't get to enjoy 2010 as much as we deserved and while MSU gaveth, they kinda tooketh away, too. 

So go sit on a cowbell, dearest bovine brethren. 


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No way that Mullen knew this was going on....of course not...:no:

And unfortunately, I guess the penalties will not follow him to UF


PS....looks like this might have happened after Mullen left MSU  :dunno:

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3 minutes ago, Auburn Kev said:

And The NCAA let the University of North Carolina skate on their academic fraud. 

Double standard Miss State is not a Blue Blood program.

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On Thursday, Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead named Penn State transfer Tommy Stevens the Bulldogs starting quarterback for the 2019 season. Stevens beat out returning MSU backup QB Keytaon Thompson and now Thompson has reportedly entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.

The news comes via AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, who has been the leading news breaker when it comes to transfer portal stories. As many fans are well-aware, a player entering his name into the transfer portal does not mean he has to leave the school, but allows other teams to begin recruiting him (and host him on campus).


Thompson is entering his junior season. The class of 2017 signee has not yet used a redshirt season as part of his four seasons in five years of NCAA eligibility. Over the last two seasons, Thompson appeared in 19 games, rushing 99 times for 672 yards and 10 touchdowns while going 50-of-105 as a passer for 846 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions.

Moorhead called the Stevens-Thompson fall camp battle a “great, great competition” when speaking with reporters on Thursday.

“It was a great, great competition. Both guys are similarly sized and provide equal threats in the run game,” Moorhead said. “We said the decision-making was going to come down to who could make explosive plays, who could minimize turnovers and who could throw the ball with the best accuracy on a consistent manner.

“Tommy jumped out of the gates strong at the beginning of camp closing into the first scrimmage. KT (Thompson) kind of closed the gap and had a real nice first scrimmage. From that point forward, Tommy created separation and continued to do that towards the tail-end of camp.”

He was also about how Thompson handled the news that Stevens would be the starter.

“I won’t say he took it well, that’s not what I want to infer but he understands the process… He’s only one play away from getting into the game, he can’t prep like a backup,” Moorhead told reporters.

MSU opens the 2019 season against Louisiana on Aug. 31.

Matt Zenitz✔@mzenitz


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4 hours ago, johnnyAU said:

So MSU gets busted for what UAt has been doing for decades? What else is new?  I mean, allegedly of course.

Alabummer would never do such a thing 🙄

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1 hour ago, kevon67 said:

Alabummer would never do such a thing 🙄

You're right, Bama doesn't pay cash to their tutors. There, if you remain eligible, the Car Fairy leaves you a Dodge Charger under your carport. 

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On 8/23/2019 at 1:49 PM, Auburn Kev said:

And The NCAA let the University of North Carolina skate on their academic fraud. 

Systemic academic fraud across their entire athletic program. 

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On 8/23/2019 at 12:26 PM, bigbird said:

i find glory in this. they still have the mullen stench so i cannot stand them or him. heck i had to pull for miami last night and i am an sec homer. him and his ol big head..............

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