MSU reports secondary violation to NCAA
Jackson, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi State has reported what school officials consider a secondary NCAA violation to the SEC, stemming from former coach Jackie Sherrill's participation in an April 10 football practice.
Athletic department spokesman Joe Galbraith confirmed Tuesday that the school had informed the Southeastern Conference of the rules violation.
Sherrill, Mississippi State's coach from 1991 to 2003, was invited to practice by new head coach Dan Mullen. Sherrill said he was there to consult with the coaching staff, but was seen interacting with players during the workout.
NCAA rules allow for the use of consultants to train coaching staffs, but consultants are not allowed to interact with players unless they are counted as coaches.