Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said the school will arrive at a decision on the status of Jeffery Simmons sometime later this week during the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., Tuesday.
Mullen, via Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger, said the school is close to a resolution “but still have some manners to resolve.”
Simmons, a five-star defensive tackle from Macon, Miss., was seen on video striking a woman on the ground. He was charged with simple assault, Bonner reported.
Simmons apologized once the video surfaced, saying, “My apology goes out to the Taylor Family and especially to Sophia Taylor (the woman he struck). What was I thinking? Honestly, I wasn’t thinking, all I could think was this is my family and I’m supposed to defend my family. … I truly hope that you will find it in your hearts to forgive me for my actions.”
But at least one person thinks Simmons should not be allowed on the team.
Don McPherson, a College Football Hall of Fame quarterback at Syracuse who has spoken out prominently against domestic violence, has a simple test for whether Simmons should be allowed to enroll.
“Here’s what you do: Would admissions admit that student? And the answer is no, so why should athletics?” McPherson said, via Jon Solomon of CBS Sports. “As soon as athletics has an admissions policy that is so deviant from the general campus, you have problems.”
Mullen has taken issues of domestic violence in his program on a case-by-case basis. He dismissed safety Justin Cox at the end of the 2014 season after he was arrested for domestic violence, but redshirt freshman Anfernee Mullins remains on the team after he was arrested on April 11 on the same charge as Simmons.
Mississippi State’s circumstances with Simmons will be even more scrutinized, considering the ongoing situations surrounding domestic violence at Baylor and Tennessee.
On Tuesday evening, SBNation site For Whom the Cowbell Tolls posted a screenshot of a deleted tweet from Scout.com’s Steve Robertson which pictured what appears to be a Mississippi State school ID with Jeffery Simmons’ name on it.
While Simmons may be in possession of a school ID, that does not necessarily mean that he’s actively enrolled in any classes.