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BREAKING: Mississippi State football, basketball programs placed on probation

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Mississippi State football and basketball programs have been placed on probation.

In a release by the NCAA, it has been found that a former Mississippi State student and part-time athletics department tutor “committed academic misconduct in an online general chemistry course to aid 10 football student-athletes and a men’s basketball student-athlete.”

According to the report, the former tutor completed “multiple assignments, exams and, in some instances, nearly the entire course for student-athletes.”

As a result, said athletes competed while ineligible.

The NCAA agreed upon Level I-mitigated penalties for the university, with the former tutor also receiving a penalty.

Those penalties are detailed below:

  • 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.

According to Steve Robertson of 247Sports, Mississippi State will be forced to vacate a “number of wins from the 2018 football season and 2018-19 basketball season.” As for the individual student-athletes involved, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the ten individuals from having their names publicly disclosed in any NCAA or University release due to student privacy concerns.

That being said, the basketball player in question is almost certainly guard Nick Weatherspoon, who was removed from the starting lineup prior to the team’s matchup against Arkansas on February 16 this past year. Weatherspoon missed thee remainder of the season, including both the SEC and NCAA tournaments due to an undisclosed violation of team rules.



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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22 Comments for BREAKING: Mississippi State football, basketball programs placed on probation

  1. kentuckybackupplayer
    1:02 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    They should have just done it like UNC and they would have got off without any penalty.

    • stevemotley
      1:05 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly! If you’re going to cheat, go the UNC route!

    • Goose
      1:14 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

      That unc thing still disgusts me…NCAA lost any credibility (if they had any) after that mess.

  2. ClutchCargo
    1:02 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Idiots. Should have done it the Carolina Way.

  3. WKY Cat
    1:07 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    The penalties are a joke. Pays to cheat these days.

  4. Ridge Runner
    1:09 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Agreed with others above.. shoulda went to NCarolina. Dummies.

  5. kentuckybackupplayer
    1:10 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    I do not know why schools just don’t tell the athletes that they will create a bunch of fake classes that are available to all students so its not an NCAA violation and that they will get real A grades for the fake classes. The Carolina way.

  6. Bluebloodtoo
    1:16 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Man, that’s a whole lot of small and medium penalties. It’s almost like the NCAA took that seriously.

  7. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    1:27 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    I’m thinking about starting a college now because apparently they just hand out accreditations and as long as there’s a sports team of some sort they won’t take it away.

  8. UKinIN
    1:30 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Recruiting penalties because of academic fraud by enrolled students? Yeah, that makes total sense.

  9. JASUN74
    1:37 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    It’s a shame what they’re doing to that young women. There’s not a doubt in my mind that they was paying her and telling her to keep them in school no matter what. Now they’re going to turn their back on her and ruin her life. Ohh what about the $5,000 plus 1% of their budget. Wow. How the helll can that happen? Lmao.

    They cheated!! Fine. Give them their Punishment and leave them alone. Don’t steal someone’s money!! Fing crazy!!

  10. notFromhere
    1:52 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Wow. What did Tennessee, UNC, Duke, etc do wrong this time, that MSU got punished? Must have missed the back page story about the problems at some other school… maybe Notre Dame did something. Quick, check page… oh, wait. No where to find out things like that these days

  11. MtnCat
    2:07 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    UNC has to be laughing.

  12. Han
    2:34 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    10-year show cause for the tutor, eh?

    What about the academic staff and athletic coaches who told her to help their players? Or are we supposed to believe she was doing school work for 10 players just because she wanted them to stay eligible, and there was nothing in it for her?

  13. JD
    2:58 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Does 3 years probation mean they have to sit out of post season for 3 years?

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:48 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

      Nope, that my friend is a post season ban. Probation is supposed to mean that if they get caught again while on said probation the penalties will be harsher. The reason I say supposed to be is because Tom Crean and Idiot U are proof that isn’t exactly the case.

  14. BobbyBlue
    3:17 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    Meanwhile Zona, LSU, and Kansas go merrily along with business as usual.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:51 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

      MissSt didn’t pay in advance for their cheating to be ignored like the ones you mentioned as well as Duke and UNC. That’s partly why they’re getting fined.

  15. runningunnin.454
    4:17 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA is actually concerned about academic misconduct? Ha ha ha ha ha.
    Yeah, I know, the NCAA professes to protect and promote academic excellence like at UNCheat.
    I also know that UNCheat claims that at Chapel Hill students are not confined to a classroom, well no $hit, $herlock.

  16. shelby3605
    6:21 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    That punishment is a joke.

  17. notFromhere
    9:41 pm August 23, 2019 Permalink

    The entire NCAA admin is a joke