NCAA Puts Mississippi State on Probation After Investigation Into Academic Misconduct

Mississippi State hit with NCAA sanctions probation vacated wins for academic misconduct

Mississippi State hit with NCAA sanctions probation vacated wins for academic misconduct

Mississippi State has been placed on probation for three years after the NCAA on Friday ruled that a part-time athletics department tutor committed academic misconduct to aid 10 football players and one men's basketball player in an online general chemistry class.

- Mississippi State will lose one scholarship for the 2020-21 basketball season and two scholarships for both the 2021 and 2022 football seasons. Cohen added that "our staff at Mississippi State was proactive in our preventative measures, quick to respond and worked in full cooperation with the NCAA enforcement staff".

A reduction of one men's basketball scholarship during the 2020-21 academic year. The junior guard has averaged 10.3 points in his first two seasons.

- The university will be fined $5,000, plus 1 percent of both the football and basketball programs' budgets. None of the athletes' names were disclosed, although reports that the basketball player in question is believed to be guard Nick Weatherspoon, who was "suspended indefinitely" on February 16 for an undisclosed violation and did not play again.

A prohibition of football unofficial visits during one home contest for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.

A reduction of football evaluation days by two in the fall 2019 and 10 in spring 2020.

A vacation of records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible.

A disassociation of the former tutor.

Participation in the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals program review and Academic Integrity Assessment process. The former tutor involved received a 10-year show cause penalty. 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.

Unlike many punishments handed down by the NCAA, Mississippi State does not have the power to appeal because the case was processed through the negotiated resolution process. "Unfortunately, young people sometimes make poor decisions and those decisions have consequences". The release state that school officials and NCAA staffers agreed that the former tutor "completed multiple assignments, exams and, in some instances, almost the entire course for student-athletes".

Mississippi State president Mark Keenum said in a statement that "our commitment to operating a competitive athletic program within NCAA guidelines is unwavering".

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