As more details emerge in the NCAA’s investigation into the Ole Miss football program, one stands out as particularly awful.
According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, Ole Miss boosters gave one potential recruit between $13,000 and $15,600, but the athlete still chose a different school:
NCAA alledges #OleMiss staffer connected a recruit to 2 boosters who paid the kid $13,000-$15,600 (AND that player didn't even sign with OM)
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 22, 2017
The Rebels self-imposed a one-year bowl ban on Wednesday afternoon, but if more allegations like this come out, it seems likely they’ll face much stiffer penalties from the NCAA.
It’s still possible, after all, that the NCAA could issue a “lack of institutional control” verdict, which would involve multiple seasons of sanctions and monetary penalties for the school.
For the Rebels’ sake, here’s hoping most of their violations involved players who actually ended up attending the school.