STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State's 2013 football game against Mississippi Valley State has been canceled due to MVSU's failure to meet NCAA-mandated financial aid guidelines.
The teams were scheduled to meet in the season opener on Aug. 31, 2013, in Starkville.
MSU athletics director Scott Stricklin tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/L3Gm2a ) the game had to be canceled because playing Valley would not count toward bowl eligibility for MSU. Normally, Division IA teams can have one game versus a I-AA foe count toward bowl eligibility. But for that to happen, the I-AA program must average 90% of the permissible maximum number of grants-in-aid in football over a rolling 2-year period. Valley does not meet the requirement.
Stricklin says finding a replacement game isn't too difficult when it involves I-AA programs.
Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com
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