Postseason Ban & Scholarship Reductions Expanded For Ole Miss Football By NCAA

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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 will also be on probation for three more years through November 30, 2020 and must pay a financial penalty of about $179,000. The show cause means any school wanting to hire Freeze and those coaches would have to appear before the infractions committee. Ole Miss has a handful of attractive seniors on its roster.

Mississippi's football program won't participate in the postseason this year or in 2018 as part of the NCAA's sanctions levied against the school in the long-running rules violation case that included a charge of lack of institutional control.

Every coach named in the investigation will receive a show-cause tag by the NCAA. Yet, I am encouraged that the CIO found the failure to monitor was a mitigated violation based on, among other things, my personal record of compliance with NCAA rules. The length of it is not immediately known.

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.

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Ole Miss also agreed to forfeit its share of SEC postseason revenues for next season, which could be as much as $7.8 million, ESPN reported.

Former Rebel Laremy Tunsil brought forth more allegations against members of the athletics department and football program on the night of the 2016 NFL Draft when addressing a question about the corruptness of the NCAA. 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. There were also allegations of cash payouts to recruit Leo Lewis.

Today marked a big day for the Ole Miss football program, as it finally received the verdict on its NCAA infractions case.

According to the Ledger, the committee will deliver a decision at 9:30 a.m. ET - 11 weeks after the program underwent an NCAA hearing in mid-September.

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