NCAA releases full report in Ole Miss recruiting violations case
According to the NCAA, Ole Miss lacked institutional control, and that’s why the infractions committee came down so hard on the Rebels on Friday morning.
Now, the Ole Miss program will try to recover and move forward, though that will be easier said than done for new head coach Matt Luke amid the stiff penalties assessed by the NCAA.
The organization released a full 82-page report, which can be found here, also issuing a scathing rebuke of the lack of control in Oxford, especially where boosters are concerned:
“This is now the third case over three decades that has involved the boosters and football program,” the panel stated in its decision. “Even the head coach acknowledged that upon coming to Mississippi, he was surprised by the ‘craziness’ of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program.”
The full list of penalties was included in the report, and here’s what Ole Miss faces in the coming years:
- Three years of probation from Dec. 1, 2017, to Nov. 30, 2020.
- A financial penalty of $5,000 plus 1 percent of its average football budget for three years, which was calculated at $179,797 (self-imposed by the university).
- A postseason ban for the 2017 (self-imposed by the university) and 2018 seasons.
- The head coach must serve a two-conference-game suspension for the 2018 season should any NCAA school hire him between Dec. 1, 2017, and Nov. 30, 2018.
- An eight-year show-cause order for the operations coordinator, during which he must not hold any athletically related duties or have contact with prospective student-athletes and their families.
- A five-year show-cause order for the assistant coach who facilitated standardized test fraud and living arrangements. He must not hold any athletically related duties during this time.
- A two-year show-cause order for the other involved assistant coach. During this time, he must not participate in off-campus recruiting activities or hosting any meals for prospects or student-athletes.
- A five-year show-cause order for the assistant athletics director. He must not participate in any recruiting activities during this time.
- Vacation of all regular-season and postseason wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed.
- Scholarship reductions through 2018-19, as detailed in the public report (self-imposed by the university).
- Recruiting restrictions, as detailed in the public report.
- Disassociation of boosters, as detailed in the public report (self-imposed by the university).
What happens next for the players and new coaches remains to be seen, but it’s likely that other schools will come calling, trying to convince some of the Rebels’ better players to move on.
Meanwhile, the next time we’ll be able to see Ole Miss in postseason play is 2019, as the Rebels will be banned from bowls next year as well.
Read the full report here.