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Mississippi State confirms football recruit strip club shenanigans

Jan 21, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

So today we return to Mississippi State, where the university issued an email statement today confirming claims that a group of of their high school football recruits dropped by a local strip club during their recent official recruiting visit. (Well, the mall was closed). Actually, the email from athletic director Greg Byrne termed it thusly:

A very limited number of football student-athletes and prospective student-athletes visited an establishment deemed impermissible by our recruiting rules and regulations.

I don’t think he was referring to a bowling excursion at Bulldog Lanes.


The story broke last week when Internet rumors began circulating that three MSU recruits, Jay Hughes, Jameon Lewis and Robert “Firebird” Johnson, had visited a strip club called the Pony, about 10 miles from the MSU campus. A writer for the blog Mr. SEC then dug up screen shots of the players’ Facebook accounts, where they had bragged in separate posts about visiting the club (“POOONNNYYYYY!”). And so we apparently had our first big social networking failscapade of the new year.
Two of the players, Lewis and Johnson, subsequently denied ever being at the club, Lewis telling a local newspaper that the posts were “just a joke.” Well, not so much it seems. MSU officials said on Wednesday that they were looking into the matter, and today apparently confirmed that not only were the three high school recruits in question there, but that they were joined by current Bulldog football players. So you went to a strip club and then lied about it. Classy.
Byrne’s statement here.
It’s not clear at this point whether any NCAA rules were broken, or if the school is going to take further action. In his letter, Byrne said that the “breach of policy was isolated” and that it won’t jeopardize the eligibility of the players or recruits. Lewis, Johnson and Hughes, in fact, were not specifically named by the AD. All involved, one assumes, were over 18. But what a sleazy development; that Bulldog pictured above should be reworked to show him carrying a stripper pole with several dollar bills protruding from his pockets. Nicely done, Dan Mullen. Is Otter from Animal House in charge of recruiting?
New MSU football motto: “I don’t think I should be alone right now. And, can you get three dates for my friends?”
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State says recruits, current athletes visited “impermissible” establishment [Clarion-Ledger]
Thursdays with Greg Byrne [MStateAthletics]

  1. I am Providence - Jan 21, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    In response to the first blog entry on this site about this story, one person wrote, “Rick Chandler should be fired for posting an article that has not confirmed to be true. You are broadcasting rumors and you my friend give sports journalism a bad name…Maybe the network will get sued for since you just stated 2nd hand info.” and lots of people said that this is a non-story…nothing to see here, just move along.
    Now the university itself has said that it happened and that rules and regulations were violated. So, the people that were accusing Chandler of jumping to conclusions and not knowing what he was talking about were themselves jumping to conclusions and now knowing what they were talking about. That’s kind of funny.
    Also, the university’s statement confirms that one of the recruits, Jameon Lewis, is not just a liar. He’s a really bad liar. But then what do you expect from a kid that doesn’t even know how to spell a 2-letter word. Way to stay classy, MSU.

  2. Rebel Fan - Jan 22, 2010 at 1:13 AM

    Please….like this doesn’t happen at any other football program. If they are not taking them to strip clubs they are taking them to Frat parties where there are willing drunk girls who will give them that special attention. The only problem here is that they posted it on facebook.

  3. Rebel Fan - Jan 22, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Please….like this doesn’t happen at any other football program. If they are not taking them to strip clubs they are taking them to Frat parties where there are willing drunk girls who will give them that special attention. The only problem here is that they posted it on facebook.

  4. Rebel Fan - Jan 22, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Please….like this doesn’t happen at any other football program. If they are not taking them to strip clubs they are taking them to Frat parties where there are willing drunk girls who will give them that special attention. The only problem here is that they posted it on facebook.

  5. Jim Guida - Jan 22, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Does this ever happen at any other football program? If only someone would tell us. Three times.
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    Hey, don’t get mad at me — you’re the one who posted it. Three times.

  6. I didn't know Starkville had a Pony - Jan 22, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Is it a real one? LOL

  7. Oxfordtimes - Jan 23, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    If you were actually a Rebel fan like your name states you would be aware that we do not take recruits to Frat parties, they go to the square.

  8. S. Reed - Feb 6, 2010 at 3:04 AM

    As a society, culture or country, one thing we can be sure of is that we all have falled and COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD!! Who are we to judge? We are so critical of our youth, especially BLACK YOUTH. We need to be more focused on the country, the economy and all of the natural disasters that are destroying the world. GOD is the FINAL JUDGE, not you or I. AS far as calling Jameon a “really bad liar” and saying that he can’t spell is just GOD AWEFUL! As far as the spelling goes, it could just be a typo or just the “new” grammar that the youngsters are using these days to shorten there words. Whatever the case may be, Jameon is still very talented any YOU can’t take that away from him. Hopefully he will make it to the NFL and then he can pay someone to spell for him!!! Go check out the movie Blind Side….

  9. zynga farmville - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    i was starting to assume i may be the only woman who cared about this, at the least at this point i acknowledge im not gaga :) i will make sure to have a look at various various articles after i get my morning caffeine in me, it is actually rough to read with out my coffee, take care :)