STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's four-year probationary period due to NCAA violations in the sport of football officially ended Wednesday.

In 2004, State's football program was found in violation of NCAA rules during a hearing held on June 11 of that year. Most of the violations found surrounded State's practices regarding recruiting and extra benefits.

"Our compliance office has done an outstanding job in administering and maintaining control of our program's adherence to NCAA rules during this period," MSU director of athletics Larry Templeton said. "Our coaches and student-athletes are to be commended for their commitment to understanding the rules set forth by the NCAA and complying with them."

MSU will remain under the five-year repeat offender status with the NCAA until October 29, 2009. That means if any MSU sport is found to be in violation of NCAA rules during that period, the penalties in those sports would be enhanced because State would be considered a repeat offender in that case.