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Published on December 1st, 2017 | by TLV News


NCAA Ruling Throws the Book at Ole Miss Football

The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions issued it’s ruling in Ole Miss’s recruiting scandal on Friday morning.

  • A two-year bowl-ban year: 2017 (which was already self-imposed), and 2018.
  • Probation running concurrently with current probation for a total of four years.
  • Financial penalties.
  • A total scholarship reduction of 13 over a period of years. That’s in addition to the 11 over four years that Ole Miss self-imposed, which already meant three or four fewer scholarship players per year.
  • Every coach named in the NCAA’s investigation has received a show-cause (essentially an NCAA blackball for a period of time) of varying lengths. That doesn’t include new head coach Matt Luke, who wasn’t named. Former coach Hugh Freeze received a one-year head coach restriction and a two-game suspension for conference games that only applies if he is the head coach. Former Rebels assistant coaches disciplined include David Saunders (8-year show-cause penalty), Chris Vaughn (5 years), Chris Kiffin (2 years) and staff member Barney Farrar (5 years) 

Ole Miss faced 21 allegations, including 15 Level I violations. When the university received its Notice of Allegations in February it self-imposed a postseason ban and had to forfeit nearly $8 million in postseason revenue.

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

The University of Mississippi issued a statement after the ruling that it plans to appeal.

“The additional postseason ban is excessive and does not take into account the corrective actions that we have made in personnel, structure, policies and processes to address the issues,” the statement read.

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