The Mississippi State football program self-reported five secondary NCAA violations for 2016-17, according to Starkville Daily News reporter Joel Coleman.
In total, Mississippi State self-reported 14 secondary violations across all sports.
A trip to the movie theatre in January was one of the football program’s violations. The school paid for six student athletes as they believed it was acceptable because everyone was required to report to campus on that day. Yet, it turns out that wasn’t allowed and MSU self-imposed a penalty that made the six athletes to repay $18.25 each to keep their eligibility.
Two other football violations had to do with additional rewards or benefits for student athletes. Another one dealt with impermissible recruiting materials. One was for a student athlete skipping classes in order to practice and another was for an impermissible display that showcased the Egg Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowl trophies.