July 13, 2017 10:15:45 AM
HOOVER, Ala. -- The Mississippi State athletic department self-reported 14 violations from the 2016-17 academic year, five of them related to football and all of them secondary violations.
There also were nine non-football violations: three for track and field, two for volleyball, two for men's tennis, and one for men's basketball and women's golf.
For the five football violations, the Southeastern Conference accepted MSU's self-imposed penalties in each case. The only case that involved recruiting sanctions was a 60-day period with no phone calls to one recruit.
It is common practice for schools to self-report minor violations such as these in the summer months shortly before the beginning of the ensuing football season. Most of the punishments are minor in nature, such as repaying a small amount of impermissible benefits received, rules education, or self-imposed, limited recruiting restrictions.
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