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Ole Miss football s under fire for recruiting violations

Posted by BetOnline team on 3/6/2017 8:41:32 AM
Ole Miss College football

The University of Mississippi Coach Hugh Freeze has been one of the feel good stories in college football as he revived a program that had lost its luster.

Now the feel good story is self-destructing as the school announced a self-imposed post season bowl ban for 2017. The ban comes after the NCAA informed the school of eight new violations, bringing the total to 21 rule violations and charged the school with lack of institutional control.

Most of the rule violations came during the recruiting process. One recruit said a booster paid him between $13,000-$15,600. A staff member is also accused of providing lodging and transportation. The investigation began in 2012 but was reopened when former Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil said he received money from Rebel coaches.

The school already has self-imposed sanctions only allows the school to sign 22 players over a four year period.

The school plans to protest charges of lack of institutional control.

“We will release the notice and our response once all the parties and the counsel have had a full and fair opportunity to review its contents, conduct any additional work and provide their responses” said Mississippi Athletic Director Ross Bjork said.

Freeze said he agrees with the self-imposed sanctions but believes charges are over blown.

“I feel terrible for our players and staff who have to handle the consequences of a very few,” Freeze said. “Unfortunately, these penalties are necessary for our program to be responsible and to move forward.”

Ole Miss missed the post season last year after finishing 5-7. Freeze said the threat of sanctions hurt the program in recruiting.

“There’s a lot of issues around college football right now and we certainly are having our share,” Freeze said. “It’s gone on for a long time. We’ve suffered penalties.

This recruiting class, it was a penalty to be under the cloud we are under.”

More sanctions from the NCAA are possible.


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