Mississippi State's hearing pushed back to June

Updated: February 29, 2004, 3:34 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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