The NCAA docked Ole Miss an additional 13 scholarships, which will be added to the 11 scholarship cuts the school had previously self-imposed on itself.
University Chancellor Jeff Vitter and Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork strongly disagreed with the bowl ban and plan to appeal the decision. "Even the head coach acknowledged that upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program". The university already self-imposed a bowl ban for this season when it received a notice of allegations in February. "It is simply not warranted and based on fundamental flaws in the NCAA case".
Ole Miss is slated to have 23 seniors on its roster next year.. Once the appeals committee acknowledges the request, the university has 30 days to file the appeal.
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 ruling said that Freeze promoted an atmosphere of rules compliance, but that he failed to monitor his staff. An assistant coach and operations coordinator also acted unethically when they arranged the fraudulent ACT scores and arranged for a booster to provide housing and transportation to five prospects while they completed the necessary academic work to become eligible for competition. The Rebels got a new bowl ban, financial penalties, a loss of scholarships and individuals have also been penalized. "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".
Now that Ole Miss has a better idea of its punishment, it can begin the process of rebuilding the program. School officials removed the interim tag from head coach Matt Luke after his team's victory over their in-state rivals, but now faces an increasingly long road toward getting the Rebels back to national respectability.
Ole Miss reached the.500 mark after beating Mississippi State 31-28 on Thanksgiving.
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