Ole Miss Gets Two-Year Bowl Ban, Loss of Scholarships Following Sanctions

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

The NCAA extended Ole Miss football's postseason ban to two seasons, cut scholarships and handed down show-cause orders to four former coaches and athletics employees Friday, concluding a lengthy investigation of recruiting violations that dated from 2012.

The NCAA panel noted that this was the third case in 30 years involving Ole Miss boosters breaking rules, and said that even Freeze told them, "upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program".

University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and Athletic Director Ross Bjork struck a defiant tone in a press conference about today's NCAA ruling over recruiting violations in the football program. "The additional postseason ban is excessive and does not take into account the corrective actions that we have made in personnel, structure, policies and processes to address the issues".




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.

They will have an addition one year bowl ban, in addition to the self-imposed one they are now serving, meaning no bowl games until 2019. 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. The Rebels got a new bowl ban, financial penalties, a loss of scholarships and individuals have also been penalized. Some of them are more significant than others, ranging from former staffers allegedly fixing ACT scores to get recruits qualified for the football team to recruits allegedly hunting on boosters' private land. The committee said it reviewed 53,000 pages of information related to the case.

Ole Miss went 6-6 this year and beat Mississippi State 31-28 in the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night. Phone records that showed Freeze calling numbers linked to escort services with his university phone came out during that lawsuit. Bjork said the appeal will be launched "right away". Matt Luke was named the permanent head coach on Sunday after serving on an interim basis throughout the 2017 season.

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