Ole Miss football will get infractions ruling on Friday, per report
Dec 02 2017
But when former Rebels offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil suffered through a miserable NFL Draft night that included a video of him smoking a substance through a gas mask, a sudden fall to 13th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft and the post-draft admission that he took money from Ole Miss coaches, the NCAA came calling again.
Ole Miss had hoped to avoid a postseason ban in 2018, but was hit with another year and plans to appeal the decision.
The NCAA panel noted that this was the third case in 30 years involving Ole Miss boosters breaking rules, and said that even Freeze told them, "upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program". "We are appealing this case because we did not receive due course".
The Committee on Infractions said the case was similar to other Ole Miss rules violations cases in 1986 and 1994 and that the school had an "unconstrained booster culture".
Jones and Lewis made the allegations after they were granted partial immunity by NCAA investigators.
"When the facts did not support allegations or we thought the process was unfair, we challenged the NCAA", Bjork said.
Because of the additional year of the postseason ban, Ole Miss players now can transfer without penalty, meaning they can leave and be eligible immediately elsewhere.
The stiffest penalty was for former staff member David Saunders, who received an eight-year show cause for helping arrange fraudulent ACT scores. The suspension applies only for head-coaching positions; there would be no restrictions if Freeze takes a job as a coordinator or assistant.
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 won't be easy considering the additional postseason ban for the 2018 season.
In total, Ole Miss was accused of 15 Level 1 NCAA violations, according to Schlabach's report.
The COI expressly agreed that I "promoted an atmosphere of compliance and expected my staff to abide by the rules".
Bjork also confirmed that players with more than one year of eligibility remaining who wish to transfer must still go through the normal transfer process with the school and NCAA, and will be required to sit out a year, upon their release and transfer. Matt Luke was named the permanent head coach on Sunday after serving on an interim basis throughout the 2017 season.