An ongoing college football scandal has a former House Homeland Committee staffer under Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) at its center.
Denton Herring, identified by a summer football league coach as a booster for the football team of his alma mater, Mississippi State, allegedly provided benefits to several potential recruits to the school's football program in 2011 and 2012 in violation of NCAA regulations, as reported by Yahoo Sports and ESPN. Mississippi State and the NCAA are conducting a joint investigation into the matter. The Bulldogs are currently the #19 ranked team in the USA Today coaches poll.
Herring spent over two-and-a-half years on Thompson's committee as an investigator and later a professional staff member. Herring's now-removed LinkedIn profile details that he left his post on the committee to work for the GAO in Atlanta, confirming several stories that stated he currently resides in Roswell, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.
Herring caught LegiStorm's attention when his LegiStorm profile suddenly became the site's most visited URL on September 12th, the day Yahoo Sports initially broke the story.