Ole Miss Gets Hit By NCAA


That includes a bowl ban for 2018 (after Ole Miss self-imposed one for 2017), scholarship reductions, and hiring penalties for former coaches.

In the latest development in the more than five-year ongoing case, the Committee on Infractions Friday came down fairly hard on Ole Miss.

The NCAA hit the Ole Miss football team with more punishment on Friday, including an additional year from playing in the postseason.

Ole Miss faced 21 allegations, including 15 Level I violations. The NCAA largely accepted those penalties, but the big addition was the extra year of postseason ineligibility.

The university's athletic leaders appeared in front of the NCAA committee on infractions in Covington, Kentucky, on September 11-12.

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Hugh Freeze, the coach who resigned abruptly this summer after revelations he'd called escort services from his university-issued phone, received a two-game suspension he'll have to serve only if he's hired as a head coach for next season.

The University of MS released a statement saying it would "vigorously appeal" the postseason ban, which it deemed "excessive" and "does not take into account the corrective actions that we have made in personnel, structure, policies and processes to address the issues". In one instance, the NCAA said, paperwork was either falsified or not even filed in recruiting files - while Ole Miss was under investigation.

Former Rebels assistant coaches David Saunders, Chris Vaughn, Chris Kiffin and staff member Barney Farrar were among those disciplined by the NCAA, according to ESPN. His brother, Tom, and father, Tommy, also played for Ole Miss. The committee said it reviewed 53,000 pages of information related to the case. He testified before the NCAA infractions committee and is now playing for Mississippi State. Vitter and Bjork disagreed with the additional bowl ban. If another program was to hire the coach before that period ends, the sanctions can be carried over to that program. In 2013, nearly out of nowhere, Ole Miss signed the No. 7-ranked recruiting class in the country according to rivals.com.

It was such an anomalous recruiting event in the history of Ole Miss that the school was immediately destined to be under NCAA scrutiny. Thus, it will be up to head coach Matt Luke (not named in the Notice of Allegations), to steer the program through these muddy waters and hope for the best.