So on this matter we are left to draw one of three conclusions:
1. Mississippi State did not share that information with the SEC because it did not want to get that deeply involved in the case and hoped it would just go away.
2. The conversations that were reported by ESPN.com may have taken place but were not with Mississippi State assistant coaches or the head coach (the only people allowed to recruit under NCAA rules) but were with lower level staffers. Thus the Mississippi State brass was not aware of them.
3. The conversations never took place and were incorrectly reported.