Coach: SEC School’s Booster Paid Player
Coach: SEC School’s Booster Paid Player, Cash was paid to a recruit and perks were arranged for his coach, Yahoo! Sports learns. Nashville coach says former Mississippi State booster gave money to recruit, A now-disassociated Mississippi State booster allegedly made cash payments to a recruit and arranged for complimentary lodging and meals for the recruit’s seven-on-seven coach, Yahoo! Sports has learned.
In an interview with Y! Sports, Nashville-based seven-on-seven coach Byron De’Vinner – recipient of the lodging and meals – explained in detail how former Mississippi State booster Robert Denton Herring broke multiple NCAA rules in 2011 and ’12 in an effort to land Memphis East High School defensive back Will Redmond.
De’Vinner said he also told his story to NCAA enforcement representatives, who have been investigating the allegations jointly with Mississippi State’s compliance department over the course of several months. In July the school sent Herring, who lives in Roswell, Ga., a letter informing him that he had been disassociated from the athletic program for “impermissible contact” with a recruit. In August, Bulldogs assistant coach Angelo Mirando resigned for what the school termed “unforeseen personal issues,” but sources told Y! Sports that his resignation was because of the NCAA inquiry. De’Vinner said Mirando introduced Redmond to Herring, but that the coach and booster both wanted De’Vinner “to take the fall” for their relationship.
Vanessa Brown, Redmond’s mother, declined comment to Yahoo! Sports Wednesday morning. Attempts to reach Herring and Mirando were unsuccessful. Herring has not cooperated with investigators from both the NCAA and Mississippi State.
Redmond was a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and reportedly had offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt, among others. He signed with Mississippi State last February and is currently a freshman on the team. He has not yet played in a college game. Redmond has been interviewed by the NCAA, according to De’Vinner, and there have been multiple media reports that the NCAA interviewed his coach at Memphis East, Marcus Wimberly.