With news that Ole Miss is set to learn its fate from the NCAA Committee on Infractions, there’s been some new news regarding Leo Lewis, a central figure in the NCAA’s case against Ole Miss.
According to Steven Godfrey of SBNation, Lewis told NCAA investigators that he received $10,000 from the Calvin Green, the father of Lewis’ Mississippi State teammate Farrod Green, just prior to 2015 Signing Day. Calvin Green is the defensive backs coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.
Mississippi State may not have violated any rules if it can be proven that Calvin Green had a prior relationship with Lewis that pre-dated his time as a top football recruit. Lewis also accepted money from Ole Miss, as he received more than $21,000 from both schools.
Godfrey also reports that Dan Mullen spoke with Lewis about his recruitment to both Mississippi Schools in April of 2016, months before he was set to be interviewed by the NCAA.
Mullen, who has since been hired by Florida released a statement to SBNation regarding these claims.
“The NCAA found no major violations for Mississippi State related to the Ole Miss case. I am also not familiar with what is in the NCAA testimony in this case because I didn’t speak to Leo about his testimony, either beforehand or afterwards,” Mullen said.
Mississippi State went 8-4 this season, and replaced Mullen with Penn State coach Joe Moorhead. Lewis finished the regular season with 43 tackles.