Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

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

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

Today, the NCAA officially informed Ole Miss of its penalties after a years-long investigation into several allegations against the football program.

Ole Miss had hoped to avoid a postseason ban in 2018, but was hit with another year and plans to appeal the decision.

Friday's sanctions also included the loss of 13 football scholarships, reports ESPN. Now the NCAA has unfairly punished these young men who have already been through so much.

"This is now the third case over three decades that has involved the boosters and football program", the panel said in its decision. He is free to work as a coordinator or assistant coach at another program.

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Ole Miss self-imposed a one-year bowl ban last February after the NCAA enforcement staff announced a laundry list of allegations that date back to Houston Nutt's time with the Rebels.

It is not the "death penalty" some thought the NCAA would invoke.

Vitter expressed outrage that past NCAA cases involving Ole Miss factored into the current sanctions.

"While we continue to review the full report, we will vigorously appeal the 2018 postseason ban".

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"When you cite cases from 30 years ago, that is not part of the process", Bjork said. He testified before the NCAA infractions committee and is now playing for Mississippi State. Once the appeals committee acknowledges the request, the university has 30 days to file the appeal. Hugh Freeze, former Rebels coach, who resigned for off-field issues in July, also received a suspension and show cause from the NCAA for failure to monitor his staff, although the length of the suspension and specifics of the show cause weren't immediately known.

For the University of MS, the wait is finally over.

The stiffest penalty was for former staff member David Saunders, who received an eight-year show cause for helping arrange fraudulent ACT scores.

According to the NCAA's official report, the three-year probation period is from December 1, 2018, to November 30, 2020.

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Ole Miss was accused of 15 Level I violations and were deemed to have lacked institutional control and fostered "an unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting". In addition to accepting our previously self-imposed sanctions, the committee has imposed a postseason ban for 2018. Matt Luke was named the permanent head coach on Sunday after serving on an interim basis throughout the 2017 season.

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