Ole Miss get 2-year bowl ban, other penalties in NCAA case

Dec 02, 2017, 00:41
Ole Miss get 2-year bowl ban, other penalties in NCAA case

"Today, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions issued its report to the University of MS regarding the NCAA investigation of the football program", Ole Miss chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said in a statement.

Because of the additional year of the postseason ban, Ole Miss players now can transfer without penalty, meaning they can leave and be eligible immediately elsewhere.

The NCAA committee could have either accepted the self-imposed penalties levied by Ole Miss or add penalties.

In total, Ole Miss was accused of 15 Level 1 NCAA violations, according to Schlabach's report.

In the time since that incident, current Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis - referred to as "student athlete 39" in the notice of allegations - became one of the NCAA's star witnesses, and even testified before the Committee on Infractions in September against rival Ole Miss. As part of self-imposed sanctions, the university already cut 11 scholarships over a four-year period from 2015 to 2018.

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. Phone records that showed Freeze calling numbers linked to escort services with his university phone came out during that lawsuit.

Ole Miss get 2-year bowl ban, other penalties in NCAA case

Friday afternoon, Chancellor Jeff Vitter and AD Ross Bjork publicly addressed the NCAA sanctions imposed upon Ole Miss.


In three interviews with enforcement officers previous year, the sophomore Bulldogs linebacker said that during his recruitment he received free Ole Miss merchandise, free food and cash payments amounting to $10,000 from a prominent Rebels booster. "However, throughout his tenure, the head coach also violated NCAA head coach responsibility legislation because he failed to monitor his program's activities surrounding the recruitment of prospects". Former assistant athletic director Barney Farrar received a five-year show-cause.

The investigation spanned violations committed under both Freeze and former Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, and spawned a dispute between Nutt and Ole Miss that inadvertently resulted in Freeze's downfall.

You can bet head coach Matt Luke and his staff and players will call upon the same resiliency they mustered this season as they do all they can to move forward.

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