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Ole Miss football will get infractions ruling on Friday, per report

Ole Miss football will get infractions ruling on Friday, per report

He announced his decision via Twitter on Friday afternoon.

"Today, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions issued its report to the University of MS regarding the NCAA investigation of the football program", Ole Miss chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said in a statement. The reports states: "The institution's two most recent cases occurred in 1986 and 1994, but they were similar to the present case and are accorded significant weight". That won't be easy considering the additional postseason ban for the 2018 season.

Chancellor Vitter stated the school will appeal the 2018 ban on postseason play. "The additional postseason ban is excessive and does not take into account the corrective actions that we have made in personnel, structure, policies and processes to address the issues".

The Rebels were accused of 15 Level I violations, including lack of institutional control, under former coach Hugh Freeze.

More about the booster issue: "The football program was able to involve boosters in violations because MS fostered a culture that enabled unconstrained and undeterred booster involvement in the recruiting process".

Every coach named in the investigation will receive a show-cause tag by the NCAA.

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". As part of self-imposed sanctions, the university already cut 11 scholarships over a four-year period from 2015 to 2018.

In addition to Freeze, former Ole Miss assistant Chris Kiffin, now defensive coordinator at Florida Atlanta, received a two-year show-cause order.

Rebels sophomore wide receiver A.J. Brown is staying in Oxford.

"Off the field, (Freeze) promoted an atmosphere of compliance and expected his staff to abide by the rules", the NCAA ruling said.

"It is not necessary for an institution to obtain permission in writing to recruit a student-athlete at an institution that has been placed on probation with sanctions that preclude it from competing in postseason competition during the remaining seasons of the student-athlete's eligibility". That resulted in a second Notice of Allegations that dealt with recruiting violations that were unrelated to Tunsil but discovered due to the Tunsil incident extending the inquiry.

You can bet head coach Matt Luke and his staff and players will call upon the same resiliency they mustered this season as they do all they can to move forward.


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