Mississippi State Football: NCAA Inquiry Explains Abrupt Resignation of Mirando

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 23, 2012

Former Mississippi State WR coach Angelo Mirando (left) / Photo Credit: Associated Press (via: Columbus Dispatch)
Former Mississippi State WR coach Angelo Mirando (left) / Photo Credit: Associated Press (via: Columbus Dispatch)

The resignation of former Mississippi State wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando earlier this week was odd timing, to say the least.

Now, the timing may make more sense.

According to ESPN.com's Joe Schad, Mirando resigned due to an ongoing investigation into possible recruiting violations.

Former Miss St WR coach Angelo Mirando resigned in wake of ongoing NCAA investigation into his recruitment of at least one Bulldogs player

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 23, 2012

Schad reports that freshman defensive back Will Redmond is the subject of the investigation.

Brandon Marcello of the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger reports that Mississippi State and the NCAA have both confirmed the inquiry and that the school is working in cooperation with the NCAA on the matter.

Mississippi State confirms that the NCAA has been examining MSU for a "potential recruiting irregularity" over the last several months.

— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) August 23, 2012

Mirando resigned on Sunday for what was termed "unforseen personal issues." He was entering his second season as the Bulldogs wide receivers coach.

Here is Mirando's statement on his resignation (via: Jackson Clarion-Ledger):

I have enjoyed my time at Mississippi State as a graduate assistant and as an assistant coach. I have made friends that will last a lifetime; however, due to unforeseen personal issues, I believe it is in my best interest to resign from Mississippi State. I want to stress that these issues are personal. I look forward to pursuing other opportunities in the future. Finally, I want to thank my friend and mentor Dan Mullen for giving me this chance.

An inquiry by the NCAA would certainly qualify as an issue.

Mirando graduated from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2008 and joined the Florida staff as a graduate assistant.

He took a similar role with the Bulldogs when Dan Mullen was named head coach prior to the 2009 season, and was elevated to wide receivers coach before Mississippi State's 52-14 win over Michigan in the 2011 Gator Bowl following the 2010 season.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that former Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster will join the Bulldogs staff as wide receivers coach following Mirando's departure.