It has been news for some time now that Ole Miss was in hot water regarding the 21 allegations frm the NCAA. Today Ole Miss released a 125 page statement regarding the allegations, and admits that several violations did occur.
“The University has accordingly imposed meaningful Standard core penalties. As detailed below, these penalties include: a post-season ban, which necessitates the loss of nearly $8,000,000 in SEC revenue; a double-digit reduction of scholarships; a more-than 10 percent reduction in off-campus evaluation days in each of two years; a nearly 20 percent reduction in official visits; a more-than three month prohibition on unofficial visits; the refusal to grant a staff member’s request for a multi-year contract; the disassociation of involved boosters, including a prohibition on attending University home athletic events and a restriction on entering all athletic facilities; violation specific rules education; and a $179,797 financial penalty.”
Essentially, Ole Miss went out back to pick a switch in hopes that self-punishment would lessen NCAA penalties. The University reinforces this idea throughout the statement.
“As described in this response, the University has held those responsible accountable – many in unprecedented, public ways – and has taken institutional responsibility for what has occurred. The University firmly believes its bold corrective actions will make a meaningful and permanent difference.”
Of the 21, the university is contesting seven. Paul Finebaum tweeted out what those will be.
Ole Miss responds to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations & will contest 7 of the 21 allegations. pic.twitter.com/Z6zJhSt7PK
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 6, 2017
The statement released is a meaty 125 pages long, but the quick and dirty is that the university and athletics program’s intent is to protect Head Coach Hugh Freeze who in his time at Ole Miss since 2011 has a 39-25 record.
“After careful analysis of the testimony and supporting records, the University has concluded that head football coach Hugh Freeze has met it and membership’s expectations to emphasize and promote compliance and to implement strong and comprehensive monitoring”