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Mississippi St. receives NCAA letter

By Wire services
Published December 8, 2003

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State received an official letter of inquiry from the NCAA that details specific charges of rules violations.

Athletic director Larry Templeton told the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson the school would release a statement this week. The university has three months to respond to the NCAA's allegations.

In March, Mississippi State received a preliminary letter of inquiry, which stated the NCAA was investigating allegations of improper inducements and contacts to prospects by coaches and boosters, unethical conduct by staff members and a lack of institutional control from 1998 to 2002.

The Bulldogs hired Sylvester Croom last week to replace coach Jackie Sherrill, who retired after 13 seasons. Croom has said he discussed the NCAA issues with Templeton before accepting the job and becoming the first black head football coach in SEC.

DIVISION III: Jermaine Taylor scored on a 64-yard fumble return and Brandon Wakefield threw a TD pass to lead Bridgewater, Va., to a 13-9 victory over Lycoming in the quarterfinals at Williamsport, Pa. Bridgewater faces Mt. Union, which defeated Wheaton 56-10 to match its NCAA record of 54 straight wins, on Saturday.

Lycoming's loss came a day after senior receiver Ricky Lannetti died after an undisclosed illness. Lannetti broke Lycoming's single-season receptions record this year, catching 70 passes for 955 yards.

MIAMI OF OHIO: Coach Terry Hoeppner agreed to a five-year extension through 2009 after a 12-1 season, which included the RedHawks winning the MAC for the first time since 1986.

Late Saturday

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: LSU dominated Georgia 34-13 to win the title for the second time in three seasons. The Tigers built a 17-0 lead about 51/2 minutes into the second quarter. The tone was set when freshman Justin Vincent's routine running play became an 87-yard touchdown 10 minutes in. Vincent was MVP, setting a championship game record with 201 yards rushing. He also had a 62-yard run and finished off the Bulldogs with a 3-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth.

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP: Ell Roberson threw four touchdowns and Darren Sproles ran for 235 yards as Kansas State handed Oklhahoma its first loss, 35-7, and won its first conference title in 69 years. The Wildcats won the Big Six in 1934. Roberson threw three touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 60-yarder to Sproles, as the Wildcats took a 21-7 lead. Roberson added a 10-yarder to Antoine Polite in the third.

I-AA QUARTERFINAL: Jared Allen passed for 228 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters to lift visiting Florida Atlantic 48-25 over Northern Arizona. The Owls' 10th straight win kept Howard Schnellenberger on track to join Ohio State's Jim Tressel as coaches who have won national titles at the I-AA and I-A levels. Schnellenberger led Miami to the 1983 national title. The Owls host Colgate at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

[Last modified December 8, 2003, 01:46:15]


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