Ole Miss rising sophomore and former walk on Carlos Davis played in six games, including three wins, last season while he wasn’t academically eligible, according to the Clarion Ledger. He recorded seven tackles all on kick coverage.
Ole Miss self-reported the NCAA violation and will likely avoid punishment because they played Davis without knowing the ACT was reviewing his test scores. The test scores were ultimately canceled, and Davis was ruled a non-qualifier.
The ACT notified Davis last August and told him they were reviewing his test scores, but he failed to inform Ole Miss, and the attorney he and his family hired did not ‘sufficiently respond to the testing center’s requests’.
Davis was cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center last summer and met the minimum standards to attend Ole Miss.
Ole Miss contends they did not know about the score in question until the NCAA Eligibility Center and the ACT informed them on April 26. This is similar to Derrick Rose’s fraudulent SAT score at Memphis, which used the “strict liability” clause and resulted in the Tigers vacating 38 victories from 2007-08. Playing devil’s advocate, what’s the difference?
Davis will sit out six games in 2013 as punishment.
This is just another example of how you never know what the NCAA will rule on any given violation. There’s no communication between the NCAA and the testing services.
Ole Miss winning the Egg Bowl with an ineligible player, one of the three wins Davis participated in, is sure to spark some discussion in the state of Mississippi.
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