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Mississippi State Hands Out Massive Suspension to 10 Players Over Test-Taking Scandal

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Joe Moorhead of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts during the second half against the Texas A&M Aggies at Davis Wade Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Starkville, Mississippi.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs are in hot water with the NCAA, as they find themselves right in the crosshairs of the governing body following another scandal related to the academic standing of their players.

The university suspended 10 football players and one basketball player after they had coursework completed by a tutor who doubled as a "test-taker," throwing the football team's season under water before it's even begun.

While FERPA prevents the names of athletes being released, rumors claim that eight of the 10 players were either freshmen or upperclassmen who would not see the field, while two of the players involved were potential starters.

The university has been fined $5,000, plus an additional one percent of the men's football and basketball budget. Among a litany of other penalties, the program will lose two football scholarships and four official visits in the next two years, be on probation for three years, and vacate all records and wins in which the guilty athletes participated.

While no major players were impacted in this scandal, this is nothing less than a major black eye for Joe Moorhead and the football program.