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Mississippi State TE Geor’Quarius Spivey ruled ineligible days before kickoff

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Mississippi State tight end Geor’Quarius Spivey has been informed that he is ineligible to play this upcoming season just two days before the Bulldogs’ opening kickoff.

The Monroe, La. native, who began his college career at Mississippi State before a two-year hiatus at TCU, took to social media to announce that the NCAA had deemed him ineligible to compete for the Bulldogs this year.

After spending two seasons with the Horned Frogs, Spivey returned to Starkville to finish his collegiate career as a Bulldog after allegedly being informed that he could transfer from TCU due to his status as a graduate student.

Spivey graduated from TCU on December 17, 2022, and delayed his decision to transfer due to the team’s playoff and national championship games that were played after the graduation date. He was also reportedly instructed by a former TCU academic advisor to remain enrolled at the university in case he decided not to transfer, but if he did decide to change schools, there would be no issue with eligibility.

The 6’5″, 240-pound tight end also claims to have been assured by advisors at Mississippi State that there would be no issue with him suiting up in maroon and playing his final season with the Bulldogs.

“I want to know why I’m being punished for transferring when I took every step that I was told by a higher authority at each university. Can anyone point me in the right direction so I can help and play this season?” Spivey wrote on X.

Last season, Spivey had 11 catches for 136 yards and one touchdown. Though his production was minor at TCU, he was expected to be a viable component of MSU’s passing game under first-year offensive coordinator Kevin Barbay.

As it stands, Mississippi State will lose a weapon in a thin tight ends room and Spivey’s college career will unfortunately come to an end.

The Bulldogs will kick off the upcoming season on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Southeastern Louisiana. The game can be watched on the SEC Network and streamed on participating SuperTalk Mississippi stations.

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