Recruit Charged with Assault to Enroll in Summer School

Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin will receive the 2015-16 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award on June 15 in Dallas.

The day before, Mississippi State incoming freshman defensive end Jeffery Simmons has a scheduled court appearance stemming from an altercation in March that was caught on video in which Simmons hit a woman multiple times while she was on the ground. Simmons, who was arrested and charged with misdemeanor simple assault, was reportedly attempting to break up a fight between the woman and his sister.

Stricklin’s reputation was put to the test Thursday after Mississippi State announced that Simmons, a five-star recruit from Noxubee County (Miss.) High School who signed a letter of intent in February, has been allowed to enroll for summer school and participate in football activities “with conditions,” according to the announcement. Simmons will miss the Bulldogs’ season-opener against South Alabama on Sept. 3.

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