Moorhead not discussing MSU suspensions - for now

Ten football players will miss eight games this season as a result of NCAA sanctions.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 8:25 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2019 8:36 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead declined specifics Monday when asked about suspensions for ten football players as a result of NCAA sanctions.

On Friday, MSU was placed on three years probation after an investigation determined a part-time student tutor completed coursework for ten football players and one men's basketball player in an online class.

Moorhead said any suspensions will be announced on Saturday, when the Bulldogs kick off their season in New Orleans against Louisiana.

Moorhead said suspensions will be handled on a game-by-game basis.

"It happened, it was identified, it was reported, we were sanctioned," Moorhead said. "The kids understand, and they pay the consequence for their choice, and we need to educate them.

"This incident or episode hasn't done anything to quell my belief or desire to achieve great successes at Mississippi State, nor has it affected recruiting or anything else, so to me, it was something that happened, it was acknowledged, and we're gonna move on from it, and be better from it."

On another note, Moorhead said there's a chance Keytaon Thompson could remain at MSU.

Thompson entered the NCAA transfer portal on Friday after losing the starting quarterback competition to Tommy Stevens.

Moorhead said Monday that Thompson is not currently with the team but planned to meet with the quarterback again this week, adding that he's unsure when Thompson will make a final decision.

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