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Mississippi State's hearing pushed back to June

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State's hearing with the
NCAA infractions committee has been postponed until at least June.

Athletic director Larry Templeton said Thursday that the hearing
originally scheduled for April was pushed back because of a backlog
of cases at the NCAA.

Mississippi State received a letter of allegations from the NCAA
on Dec. 2, detailing 13 possible rules violations by the football
program from 1998-2002.

The university's response to the NCAA's allegations was due
March 2, but that deadline has also been pushed back, Templeton
said.

The infractions Mississippi State is accused of range from
giving prospective student-athletes petty cash and small gifts to a
booster offering to pay the home mortgage for the family of a
recruit.

Former coach Jackie Sherrill and some former Bulldogs assistants
were accused of unethical conduct by the NCAA.