HBCU: Former FB Player Accuses Jackson State Of Paying Players

A current Tennessee State student, and former Jackson State football player, is alleging that some coaches and teachers down in Mississippi aren’t following the rules.

Emmanuel Olenga made the accusations via Twitter on Friday and accused Jackson State of misconduct after he was ruled ineligible to play at Tennessee State. The Tennessean has reported that TSU asked the NCAA to investigate any possible violations of the transfer rules.

In some tweets that have already been deleted, Olenga alleged that Jackson State paid football players and teachers to give athletes passing grades. TSU athletics director Teresa Phillips confirmed to the Tennessean that the school has already reported the possible violation to the NCAA.

“We are still gathering information at this time,” she said.

In Olenga’s deleted tweets, he claimed to have voice recordings of conversations with Jackson State employees about paying him and other players. He also listed the names of players who he believes were given money. At one point, he even tagged the NCAA in his tweets, claiming he had even more damning evidence.

Olenga started his career at North Carolina State and has also played at Campbell and Northwest Mississippi Community College before spending time at JSU and TSU.

He didn’t play in TSU’s 37-31 loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

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