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Hugh Freeze releases statement in response to NCAA ruling on Ole Miss

02 December, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Glenda Knight
  • Reports: NCAA smacks Ole Miss with additional postseason ban, more scholarship cuts

8 next season, also lost two more scholarships, for a total of 13 over the last three seasons. That could lead other programs to make a run on Ole Miss' roster, and it also might contribute to players deciding to leave school for the NFL.

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.

Six football staff members and 12 boosters were involved in the violations, which included providing $37,000 to prospects through cash payments, use of automobiles, lodging, transportation, meals and apparel. He is free to work as a coordinator or assistant coach at another program.

The NCAA has come down hard on the Ole Miss football program, reports say, banning the Rebels from the postseason in 2018 and imposing additional scholarship restrictions. The NCAA largely accepted those penalties, but the big addition was the extra year of postseason ineligibility.

Lewis acting as the star witness against Ole Miss didn't sit well with Rebel athletic director Ross Bjork. "We will vigorously appeal the additional postseason ban".

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

"The University of MS lacked institutional control and fostered an unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting", the NCAA said in a release.

Bjork added that citing a rules violations case from more than 30 years ago "is not applicable to our current case". The tally of infractions had reached 21 before this latest news, which further marginalizes Ole Miss' potential ability to resume its storied status as a power in the SEC. Once the appeals committee acknowledges the request, the university has 30 days to file the appeal.

The COI expressly agreed that I "promoted an atmosphere of compliance and expected my staff to abide by the rules". "I want to thank everyone who stood by me, including my family, my friends, and the University of MS". But the Rebels won't be playing in a bowl game this year or next, of course, and are still reeling from the sex scandal that prompted the resignation of former head coach Hugh Freeze over the summer. There will also be a vacation of wins ineligible athletes competed in. The show-cause is directly related to the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations.

Now that Ole Miss has a better idea of its punishment, it can begin the process of rebuilding the program. Vitter and Bjork disagreed with the additional bowl ban. Matt Luke was named the permanent head coach on Sunday after serving on an interim basis throughout the 2017 season. Freeze resigned before the 2017 season when it was revealed he had made calls to an escort service.

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