Monday, 11 December, 2017

Postseason Ban & Scholarship Reductions Expanded For Ole Miss Football By NCAA

Special Olympics Ole Miss team Reports: NCAA smacks Ole Miss with additional postseason ban, more scholarship cuts
Elias Hubbard | 02 December, 2017, 01:01

In response, both Vitter and Bjork referenced that Ole Miss is one of only three SEC schools to not be found guilty of infractions in the last 20 years.

After the dust had finally settled on the NCAA's five-year investigation into Ole Miss, the Rebels stood accused of 15 Level I violations, including the dreaded lack of institutional control.

Most debilitating in that regard is an additional bowl-ban season and the loss of 13 scholarships over the next three years.

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.

Additionally, the NCAA has lengthened Ole Miss' probation period to four years and struck every coach involved in the scandal with a show-cause, what basically amounts to being blackballed from college sports for an indefinite period of time.

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.

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Ole Miss officials have been notified that they will receive their long-awaited ruling from the NCAA committee on infractions Friday morning, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN.

Further, he maintains that he hopes to be a head coach again "as soon as possible" and makes sure to emphasize the fact that his penalties do not prevent him from being an assistant coach right away. The NCAA noted that former head coach Hugh Freeze "acknowledged that upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program".

The stiffest penalty was for former staff member David Saunders, who received an eight-year show cause for helping arrange fraudulent ACT scores. Ole Miss must also vacate wins that ineligible athletes participated in, which could take some time to sort out.

Ole Miss went 6-6 this year and beat Mississippi State 31-28 in the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night.

Freeze resigned over off-field issues - including allegations that he repeatedly made phone calls to escort services - in July. Matt Luke was named the permanent head coach on Sunday after serving on an interim basis throughout the 2017 season. The school said the resignation was not in relation to the NCAA case.

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