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Ole Miss hit with additional bowl-ban year

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

Because Ole Miss is bowl-banned for 2018, players entering their last year of eligibility are allowed to transfer from the program without sitting out a year in "academic residence".

This has been a long and winding road for Ole Miss, which included former coach Houston Nutt claiming the school defamed him by claiming numerous alleged infractions happened during his tenure.

Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will be suspended for two conference games during the 2018 season if he's employed as a head coach at another school.

Ole Miss had self-imposed a bowl ban for 2017, along with a reduction of 11 scholarships over a total of four years, prior to the news.


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. That is in addition to the 11 they have already lost as part of their self-imposed penalties. Freeze resigned before the 2017 season when it was revealed he had made calls to an escort service. Luke had the interim tag removed on Sunday when he was officially named head coach. "However, the student-athlete's institution must be notified of the recruitment and may establish reasonable restrictions related to the contact (e.g., no visits during class time), provided such restrictions do not preclude the opportunity for the student-athlete to discuss transfer possibilities with the other institution".

The investigation spanned violations committed under both Freeze and former Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, and spawned a dispute between Nutt and Ole Miss that inadvertently resulted in Freeze's downfall. Former assistant athletic director Barney Farrar received a five year show-cause. Ole Miss - which previously had agreed to self-impose a one-year postseason ban, for this season - now likely will miss the 2018 postseason as well. Two staffers also arranged for fraudulent standardized test scores for three recruits.

In the time since that incident, current Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis - referred to as "student athlete 39" in the notice of allegations - became one of the NCAA's star witnesses, and even testified before the Committee on Infractions in September against rival Ole Miss.

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