Mississippi State doesn't expect decision on arrested top recruit in 'near future'

Mississippi State doesn't expect decision on arrested top recruit in 'near future'

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Mississippi State doesn't expect decision on arrested top recruit in 'near future'

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STARKVILLE, Miss.  — Dan Mullen said he doesn’t expect a resolution any time in the near future regarding Jeffery Simmons’ status with Mississippi State.

The five-star signee from Noxubee County (Macon, Miss.) was arrested last week andcharged with simple assault and disturbing the peaceafter a video surfaced showing Simmons hitting a woman on the ground.

“I’ll let you know. We’re going to evaluate it,” Mullen said. “I don’t expect anything anytime in the near future.”

Noxubee County defensive end Jeffery Simmons (Photo: Keith Warren/For The Clarion-Ledger)

Noxubee County defensive end Jeffery Simmons (Photo: Keith Warren/For The Clarion-Ledger)

Four others were also arrested as a result of the fight.

The punishment — if any — doesn’t fall solely on Mullen’s shoulders. He said “a lot of people” within the university will be involved in the decision.

When asked who exactly, Mullen responded, “A lot of people. A lot of people.”

The Southeastern Conference bylaws only prevent schools from recruiting and signing transfer students that have a history of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Mississippi State Code of Conduct, which lists simple assault as a reason for punishment from the university, only pertains to currently enrolled students. Simmons has been expected to enroll at Mississippi State this summer.

Mullen said he has talked to the team about the incident, but didn’t reveal what he told his players other than he’s evaluating the situation.

Mullen has been outspoken against any physical violence against women in the past. He suspended Justin Cox indefinitely two years ago after he was arrested for domestic violence. Cox missed the Egg Bowl and Orange Bowl. The university also refused to let Cox participate in pro day.

Mullen wouldn’t directly comment on how Simmons’ situation is any different.

“I’ll evaluate the whole situation, which there’s a lot of different situations out there,” Mullen said. “I’ll evaluate all of them.”

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