Friday, 15 December, 2017

Hugh Freeze releases statement in response to NCAA ruling on Ole Miss

Reports: NCAA smacks Ole Miss with additional postseason ban, more scholarship cuts Ole Miss to appeal sanctions levied by NCAA
Spencer Simpson | 02 December, 2017, 00:43

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. "We will vigorously appeal the additional postseason ban".

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Ole Miss had self-imposed both a bowl ban for this season and scholarship restrictions, but the NCAA added more to each element.

Bjork also said there are "other aspects of the case that we will also appeal, and we will determine the specifics of those matters in the next few days". He testified before the NCAA infractions committee and is now playing for Mississippi State. The show-cause is directly related to the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations.

"When you cite cases from 30 years ago, that is not part of the process", Bjork said.

Freeze, who resigned for off-field issues in July, received a one-year show-cause penalty and a two-game suspension from the NCAA for failure to monitor his staff.

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Among the penalties, Freeze was given a two-game conference suspension should he be hired before November 30, 2018.

The COI expressly agreed that I "promoted an atmosphere of compliance and expected my staff to abide by the rules".

Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will be suspended for two conference games during the 2018 season if he's employed as a head coach at another school.

As the NCAA investigation progressed, Nutt sued Ole Miss, alleging Freeze and others in athletics were spreading rumors that most of the violations had occurred under Nutt's watch.

Now that Ole Miss has a better idea of its punishment, it can begin the process of rebuilding the program.

In addition to the postseason ban and loss of scholarships, the NCAA will vacate wins where ineligible players were active, but the exact wins are not known at the time and are being assessed by the university. School officials removed the interim tag from head coach Matt Luke after his team's victory over their in-state rivals, but now faces an increasingly long road toward getting the Rebels back to national respectability. A few involve test-taking fraud committed by an assistant who's since left the program but most relate to recruiting violations by assistant coaches with the aid of boosters.

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