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NCAA issues punishment on Ole Miss

Ole Miss will not play in a bowl game again in 2018.

Posted: Dec 1, 2017 10:21 AM
Updated: Dec 2, 2017 9:40 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) – Ole Miss will receive an additional bowl ban for 2018, three years of probation, as well as additional scholarship losses.

The university received official word of its sanctions Friday morning. The NCAA released the report to the public at 10:30 a.m. CT.

According to the NCAA's official report, the three-year probation period is from Dec. 1, 2018, to Nov. 30, 2020.

The postseason bowl ban includes 2017, which the university self-imposed this year, and the 2018 season. In a letter to the public, Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter stated the university will "vigorously" appeal the 2018 postseason ban.

"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," he stated. You can read the full letter here. 

Ole Miss faced 15 Level 1 violations, including lack of institutional control. The report stated the following:

"The University of Mississippi lacked institutional control and fostered an unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. Six football staff members and 12 boosters were involved in the violations, which included the provision of approximately $37,000 to prospects through cash payments, the use of automobiles, lodging, transportation, meals and apparel. Two staff members also helped arrange fraudulent standardized test scores for three prospects.

The panel found the involved head coach failed to monitor the program, allowing his staff to knowingly commit a series of recruiting violations, submit false information on recruiting paperwork and not report known violations."

The university’s athletic leaders appeared in front of the NCAA committee on infractions in Covington, Kentucky, on Sept. 11-12.

Friday’s sanctions also included the loss of 13 football scholarships, reports ESPN. The school had previously cut 11 scholarships during the investigation.

Former Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze must serve a two-conference-game suspension for the 2018 season should any NCAA school hire him between Dec. 1, 2017, and Nov. 30, 2018.

Nearly every coach named in the Notice of Allegations received a show-cause as well. A show-cause penalty means any schools wishing to hire the coaches must appear before the NCAA committee on infractions to do so.

The sanctions also included the "vacation of all regular-season and postseason wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed." It's unknown which games this includes.

You can read the full report by clicking here.

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