Mississippi Rep. Trey Lamar (R-Senatobia) has proposed a new House Bill that would surely benefit Ole Miss’ current recruiting woes: The National Collegiate Athletic Association Fairness in F.A.C.T Investigation Act of 2017.
Lamar, a former Rebels walk-on running back from the early 2000s, is pushing a bill giving the NCAA one year to complete its investigation once it notifies a school of possible rules violations, according to a report from WCBI News.
“The measure would force the NCAA to deliver its official Notice of Allegations within six months of the day it sends a school a preliminary letter of inquiry. If the sports governing body does not hold a hearing and hand out punishments within one year, the state would fine the NCAA $10,000 a day until a final ruling is made.”
It’s not uncommon for NCAA investigations to take multiple years before completion, but Ole Miss’ is now in its fourth, and it became much more crippling when former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil admitted he received money from staff members last spring. It was then discovered that he is unlikely to be the only recipient.
Since the new developments, coach Hugh Freeze has had some major struggles with his 2017 recruiting class, which ranks 46th nationally and 13th in the SEC. It’s clear that top high school prospects, even with high interest in the program, are avoiding commitment due to impending sanctions.
Ole Miss self-imposed a number of penalties last May including probation, the reduction of scholarships and the reduction of its evaluation period of high school athletes, among other penalties.
But the NCAA is expected to serve Ole Miss with an amended notice of allegations at some point in the near future.