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Coach claims booster paid Mississippi recruit

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A football coach in Nashville says he personally saw a Mississippi State booster give money to freshman defensive back Will Redmond.

Byron De'Vinner told the Head to Head radio show in Mississippi Tuesday that he saw a "handshake" between the booster and Redmond, and that former Bulldogs receivers coach Angelo Mirando knew of the benefits.

De'Vinner has been interviewed by NCAA investigators, and Mirando quit Aug. 19, citing "unforeseen personal issues."

De'Vinner later told ESPN that he called into the program. He said the handshake between Redmond and the booster included about "$200."

"Will Redmond is a kid that was basically taken advantage of by a booster and by an assistant coach," De'Vinner said on the radio show.

Mississippi State has been working with the NCAA to examine a "potential recruiting irregularity" over the past several months, but has declined to provide further details since Mirando resigned.
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