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NCAA: Improper Conduct by Sherrill, Aides

December 9, 2003

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ A Mississippi State recruit’s grandfather told investigators that retired coach Jackie Sherrill offered to provide the player a car, the NCAA said in its report on the football program.

The 22-page document, released Monday by the school, lists numerous possible violations, several involving assistant coach Glenn Davis and former assistant Jerry Fremin giving cash, gifts and benefits to prospective student-athletes and their families.

Mississippi State’s response to the NCAA’s notice of charges, known as an official letter of inquiry, is due by March 2.

Athletic director Larry Templeton said the university would not comment on the allegations or the specifics of the investigation until the university’s attorneys submit a response.

Mississippi State has been cooperating with the NCAA and assisting with the investigation for the past 2 1/2 years, the university said in a release.

There were no allegations of academic misconduct or of lack of institutional control, the most serious charge that could be brought by the NCAA.

In March, Mississippi State received a preliminary letter of inquiry from the NCAA which said it was looking into the possibility of those types of violations.

Mississippi State hired Sylvester Croom last week to replace Sherrill, making Croom the first black head football coach in the Southeastern Conference.

The Bulldogs are 8-27 since 2001, with just three Southeastern Conference victories. They were 2-10 this season, the school’s worst since 1988.

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