Ole Miss receives punishment for NCAA violations

Ole Miss receives punishment for NCAA violations

Because of the two-year bowl ban, NCAA rules state Ole Miss players could become free to transfer elsewhere without sitting out a season.

The NCAA docked Ole Miss an additional 13 scholarships, which will be added to the 11 scholarship cuts the school had previously self-imposed on itself.

On Friday, the NCAA gave Ole Miss an additional postseason ban for 2018, stripped the school of two additional scholarships, put it on probation until November 30, 2020 and forced the vacation of wins.

Mississippi's football program won't participate in the postseason this year or in 2018 as part of the NCAA's sanctions levied against the school in the long-running rules violation case that included a charge of lack of institutional control.




Freeze, who was sacked in July for issues not related to the NCAA investigation, has received a show-cause penalty, though the length is unknown.

In addition to Freeze, former Ole Miss assistant Chris Kiffin, now defensive coordinator at Florida Atlanta, received a two-year show-cause order. Ole Miss has a handful of attractive seniors on its roster. Freeze resigned before the 2017 season when it was revealed he had made calls to an escort service. "However, the student-athlete's institution must be notified of the recruitment and may establish reasonable restrictions related to the contact (e.g., no visits during class time), provided such restrictions do not preclude the opportunity for the student-athlete to discuss transfer possibilities with the other institution". The day after topping rival Mississippi State 31-28 in Starkville, Luke had the interim tag removed, and the former Ole Miss offensive lineman is now on the job on a full-time basis.

The Rebels also agreed to forfeit their share of SEC postseason revenues for this coming season, which could be as much as $7.8 million. While I am disappointed that the COI found that I violated the NCAA's head coach responsibilities bylaw in any way, I am relieved to have a final decision.

The stiffest penalty was for former staff member David Saunders, who received an eight-year show cause for helping arrange fraudulent ACT scores. There were also allegations of cash payouts to recruit Leo Lewis. The school met with the NCAA Committe on Infractions in September, and the school is set to release the official findings at some point this morning.

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