Mississippi reports McAllister contact with recruits

Updated: January 26, 2006, 7:51 PM ET
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- The University of Mississippi has forwarded to the Southeastern Conference a report on allegations that New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister came into contact with football prospects at a basketball game.

Ole Miss compliance director David Wells said McAllister, a former Rebel standout, attended the Dec. 2 Class 5A playoff game between Oak Grove and Meridian high schools. McAllister attended the game as a guest of Meridian assistant principal Sherrod Miller. Miller is a cousin of Romaro Miller, the former Ole Miss quarterback who was a teammate of McAllister.

Wells said the question appears to be whether McAllister broke NCAA rules when he came in contact near the sideline with Meridian players, including Cordera Eason and Derrick Davis. Both Eason and Davis have verbally committed to Ole Miss.

McAllister said he spoke with Wells last month after learning of rumors about him being in contact with Eason and Davis. McAllister denied any wrongdoing and said he sent a letter to the SEC explaining what took place.

"I gave a statement and said what happened," he told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper. "I'm not out there recruiting for anybody. Ole Miss isn't paying me to recruit. I'm not stupid. I know the rules."

NCAA rules prohibit former players and boosters from helping recruit prospects.

Wells would not say Wednesday if his report to the SEC included any acknowledgment of violations.

SEC officials will review the report, then decide if it warrants further review by the NCAA.

Generally, NCAA violations fall under two categories, secondary and major. Secondary violations usually result in little or no penalties. Major violations can result in harsh penalties, such as scholarship reductions, postseason bans and probation.

Eason ran for 1,934 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2005. Davis missed his senior year because of a knee injury but as a junior was a first-team All-State selection after running for 1,927 yards and 24 TDs. Both were recruited by Ole Miss, Mississippi State and other SEC schools.

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