CATEGORY: FOC College Football
MISSISSIPPI STATE OFFICIALS IN SAN ANTONIO FOR NCAA HEARING TODAY
By Gene Phelps
Mississippi State athletic officials are scheduled to have a hearing today with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions in San Antonio to respond to the 21 allegations against their school's football program.
Charles Guest, a lawyer for the university, MSU athletic director Larry Templeton and MSU head football coach Jackie Sherrill, were expected to appear at the morning hearing. None of the three could be reached for comment Thursday.
However, because of weather-related problems at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, there is a possibility that the hearings could be postponed, NCAA officials told the Associated Press in San Antonio.
In its case against the football program, the NCAA has charged MSU with violations ranging from a lack of institutional control to the payment of extra benefits by school employees to players and prospective student-athletes.
The university responded to the NCAA in November and admitted to eight of the 21 violations.
The NCAA's probe into MSU's football program started two years ago this month.
In most cases, the Committee on Infractions responds with its penalties, if any, against a program about a month after the hearing.
Sanctions against the program could include a loss of TV, bowl games and scholarships.