Ole Miss gets 2-year bowl ban, other penalties in NCAA case

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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. That means that any school that wants to hire him must meet with the NCAA infractions committee. As part of self-imposed sanctions, the university already cut 11 scholarships over a four-year period from 2015 to 2018. The resignation came after the university found records of phone calls from Freeze to an escort service on his school-issued cell phone. The most seriouis allegation Ole Miss faces is lack of institutional control. "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". Luke had the interim tag removed on Sunday when he was officially named head coach. The length of it is not immediately known. This restriction ends on November 30 2018, and would not affect my ability as a head coach to recruit prospective student-athletes; to participate in preseason coaching activities, including spring or fall practice; or to coach any non-conference games. 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. It is estimated that could cost them almost $8 million per year over the two-year bowl ban period.

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

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When asked bluntly if the NCAA is corrupt, both Vitter and Bjork pointed to a shift in the infraction committee's approach to the investigation, a change that led to the university being kept in the dark about vital information, they said.

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Ole Miss could will find out on Friday whether the NCAA's Committee on Infractions holds the program culpable on its 21 alleged infractions, according to a report from the Clarion Ledger.

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