College football notebook: MSU settled two lawsuits for $1.2M
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Michigan State paid $1.2 million combined to a woman and a former football player after two Title IX investigations first exonerated the player, then reversed that decision, ESPN reported Wednesday after an open records request.
The football player received more money, after a lawsuit in which he said he was not properly informed of the second investigation.
The agreement documented on May 20 made both parties involved "set aside" findings that the football player, Keith Mumphery, violated the school's sexual conduct policy.
Among the items ESPN uncovered, the school paid the woman -- referred to as "Jane Doe" -- $475,000, while Mumphery received $725,000. According to ESPN, the document states, "MSU agrees there were certain issues in the Title IX investigation, that, under the particular circumstances of this case, may warrant a new investigation and/or hearing." The documents add that "MSU takes no position on the allegations between Mumphery and Doe."
--UCF quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. suffered a broken ankle in non-football related activity this week and will miss fall camp, coach Josh Heupel said.
"We hope Darriel has a speedy recovery, but we are excited about the talent we have in the quarterback room to start the season," Heupel said in a statement.
Mack battled with Notre Dame graduate transfer Brandon Wimbush and others through spring practice, with the competition expected to continue in camp. There was no announced timetable for Mack's return. He stepped in late last season when starter McKenzie Milton went down with a gruesome injury to his right leg that required several surgeries and nearly resulted in amputation. Milton is expected to sit out all of the 2019 season.
--Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt committed a minor recruiting violation in March when he sent a congratulatory tweet about his high school alma mater's boys basketball team.
Plainview High School in Rainsville, Ala. -- where Pruitt played football for his father, Dale -- won the Alabama high school basketball tournament this past winter, and Pruitt tweeted his congratulations. After a Tennessee compliance official saw the tweet, Pruitt took it down. It was up for 37 minutes.
Pruitt broke NCAA bylaw 188.8.131.52, which states, "An athletics department staff member shall not promote or endorse a prospective student-athlete's team or coach, or an athletics facility that is primarily used by prospective student-athletes." It was ruled a Level III violation.