Ole Miss supposed to get NCAA ruling on infractions Friday

Jonathan Hernandez
December 2, 2017

He added that he was aware of efforts by other universities to poach Ole Miss players.

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. That's in addition to a self-imposed reduction of 11 scholarships over four years by the university.

Now that the NCAA has tacked on another year of postseason punishment, players with eligibility covered by the ban (rising Rebel seniors) can transfer to another school without having to sit out for a year.

The NCAA laid down harsh penalties against the University of MS on Friday, including scholarship reductions and a postseason ban, as part of the investigation into a series of recruiting violations committed by the football program.

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.

The Committee on Infractions said the case was similar to other Ole Miss rules violations cases in 1986 and 1994 and that the school had an "unconstrained booster culture".

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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.

Former Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze did not receive a show-cause penalty. The Rebels got a new bowl ban, financial penalties, a loss of scholarships and individuals have also been penalized. Two staffers also arranged for fraudulent standardized test scores for three recruits.

The announcement by the NCAA brings to an end a long process that began with an investigation that began with women's track, basketball and academic issues relating to the Houston Nutt era Rebel football program (2008-11). Vitter and Bjork disagreed with the additional bowl ban.

Matt Luke guided the Rebels to a 6-6 record this season after taking over for Freeze.

Ole Miss went 6-6 this year and beat Mississippi State 31-28 in the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night. Freeze also resigned from the school when it was discovered he made several phone calls to an escort service on his university-issued cell phone.

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