It seemed odd when Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigned on Sunday, two weeks before the start of the season, but ESPN’s Joe Schad reported Thursday that he left because of an NCAA investigation involving his recruitment of at least one Mississippi State player.
The school issued a statement, reported by the Clarion-Ledger, that acknowledged an investigation.
It read: “Over the last several months, Mississippi State has worked in cooperation with the NCAA to examine a potential recruiting irregularity. We are nearing the end of this examination, and it is our intent to provide additional details when it is complete.”
Mirando had said in his resignation statement that he was leaving because of “unforseen personal issues.”
—Alabama athletic director Mal Moore was released from a local hospital where he spent two nights under observation for an irregular heartbeat.
Moore was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center on Tuesday.
The 72-year-old has been Alabama’s athletic director since Nov. 1999. He played for Bear Bryant as a backup quarterback from 1958-62 and coached at Alabama from 1965-82 and 1990-93.
Moore was named assistant athletic director in 1994.
–Tennessee suspended All-Southeastern Conference wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers indefinitely and coach Derek Dooley said Thursday he didn’t expect Rogers to play this season.
Rogers led the SEC with 67 receptions in 2001 and was second in the conference with 1,040 receiving yards, the fifth-highest total in a season in UT history.
Tennessee did not disclose what led to the suspension, but multiple reports indicated Rogers violated the school’s substance-abuse policy.
–The writing was on the wall, and soon it will be on the Notre Dame depth chart — Everett Golson will start for the Fighting Irish in their Sept. 1 opener overseas against Navy.
Golson, a 6-foot sophomore with no game experience, won a four-way competition with his consistent play since the start of spring practice.
Incumbent starter Tommy Rees and junior Andrew Hendrix, along with top recruit Gunner Kiel, are the competitors for the backup job.
–Sophomore Kiehl Frazier was named Auburn’s starting quarterback over junior Clint Moseley, who was limited since spring practice with a right shoulder injury.
Frazier will start for the Tigers in Atlanta on Sept. 1 against No. 14 Clemson. Moseley started the last six games of the 2011 season after losing a preseason competition to Barrett Trotter.