Mississippi athletic director Pete Boone says the 20 players who stole items from two hotels earlier this season are good kids who made poor decisions.
The thefts of radios and pillows ranging in price from $15 to $40 from hotels in Alabama and Tupelo were announced yesterday (Sunday). Boone and coach Ed Orgeron answered questions about disciplinary action today (Monday).
All 20 players have been placed on indefinite probation, but will play Friday against Mississippi State.
Boone says because none have been in trouble before, he would not release the names. The players paid the school for the items and checks were cut to the hotels.
Orgeron called the thefts "embarrassing."
NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn says the thefts and subsequent repayments do not violate the organization's rules because they do not qualify as improper benefits.
The school found out about the thefts when invoices with added costs arrived, first from the Alabama hotel, then from the Tupelo hotel. The items were stolen the night before the home game against Arkansas and the road game at Auburn.