NCAA smacks Ole Miss with additional postseason ban, more scholarship cuts

Posted December 02, 2017

That's in addition to a self-imposed reduction of 11 scholarships over four years by the university.

They will have an addition one year bowl ban, in addition to the self-imposed one they are now serving, meaning no bowl games until 2019. 8 next season, also lost two more scholarships, for a total of 13 over the last three seasons.

When Hugh Freeze took over at Ole Miss, he told the NCAA, even he was startled by the "craziness" of the football team's boosters. "But there is more work to be done and that work has already started".

Ole Miss officials have been notified that they will receive their long-awaited ruling from the NCAA committee on infractions Friday morning, according to a report by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. A dozen boosters and six former staffers were implicated by the NCAA in arranging impermissible benefits, including cash payments, free vehicle rides to campus, free hotel rooms, food, and Rebels apparel from an Oxford-area sports merchandise store.

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"This is now the third case over three decades that has involved the boosters and football program", the panel said in its decision.

The NCAA accepted all sanctions Ole Miss imposed on itself and added an additional bowl game ban in 2018.

"We are appealing this case because we were denied proper due course", Ole Miss chancellor Jeff Vitter said.

Bjork also said there are "other aspects of the case that we will also appeal, and we will determine the specifics of those matters in the next few days". "It's clearly an excessive punishment and we are outraged at the unfair characterization of our football program and university culture involving athletics".

Ole Miss is slated to have 23 seniors on its roster next year.

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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.

The COI expressly agreed that I "promoted an atmosphere of compliance and expected my staff to abide by the rules". While my hope is to be a head coach again as soon as possible, this restriction does not limit, in any way, my ability to serve as an assistant coach. "I want to thank everyone who stood by me, including my family, my friends, and the University of MS".

"It is not necessary for an institution to obtain permission in writing to recruit a student-athlete at an institution that has been placed on probation with sanctions that preclude it from competing in postseason competition during the remaining seasons of the student-athlete's eligibility".

Now that Ole Miss has a better idea of its punishment, it can begin the process of rebuilding the program.

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