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Press Box: Mississippi State football put on probation

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Mississippi State's football program was placed on probation until June 2015 and stripped of two scholarships per season by the NCAA for improper contact with a top recruit, who received impermissible benefits from a booster.

Former wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando, who resigned last August, failed to report a booster for providing a player cash and other benefits. The player -- Memphis East cornerback Will Redmond -- participated in the investigation but it's not known if he confirmed testimony of his high school coach, who claimed he witnessed booster Robert Herring providing the items to Redmond.

"The booster befriended a top Mississippi State recruit and began arranging for him to use cars, gave him cash and provided other benefits," according to the NCAA statement. "During the recruitment, the booster exchanged more than 100 phone calls with the recruit, assisted the recruit in securing a car to drive to a campus visit and provided cash to the recruit on multiple occasions. Additionally, the booster and his friend provided a car to the recruit for approximately $2,000 below the actual value of the car. Prior to taking an official visit to a different university, the booster told the recruit that if he did not take the visit, the recruit would be paid $6,000."

Miranda was the key figure in the infractions and coach Dan Mullen wasn't directly named.

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A Durham police report stated that a gun was found outside of Hairston's car, ABC11 in Raleigh-Durham reported. Hairston was arrested for marijuana possession on Wednesday.

---Charlie Coles, longtime men's basketball coach at Miami (Ohio), died at age 71.

The school announced Coles' death via Twitter. He coached the RedHawks from 1996-2012, winning 266 career games at his alma mater, including three NCAA Tournament appearances.
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