Ole Miss wins NCAA appeal; penalty restricting unofficial visits overturned

On Thursday, November 1, the university posted the news to its website.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 11:53 AM
Updated: Nov 1, 2018 10:12 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Ole Miss’ sanction by the NCAA restricting unofficial visits by football recruits has been overturned.

On Thursday, November 1, the university posted the news to its website. The statement was signed by Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and Director of Athletics Ross Bjork.

“Today, the NCAA released the Infractions Appeals Committee (IAC) decision, bringing the nearly six-year process to an end,” the university stated.

University leaders say they are pleased by the IAC’s findings but remain disappointed by the remainder of the ruling, which upheld a 2018 postseason ban and findings of lack of institutional control and recruiting inducements.

“According to the IAC, ‘the Committee on Infractions abused its discretion when prescribing penalty VII.5.c [unofficial visit restrictions] in that it was based in significant part on one or more irrelevant or improper factors.’ The IAC overturned the penalty entirely, clearing the way for the football program to move forward and continue recruiting at a high level.”

MORE: Click here to read the full letter 

“With the freedom to recruit and promote all that the University of Mississippi has to offer, Coach [Matt] Luke and his staff will keep building on the momentum we have in our program.”

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