Report: NCAA to hand down Ole Miss punishment Friday
Ole Miss will soon have a chance to finally move on from the seemingly never-ending saga with the NCAA as the Committee on Infractions is expected to announce its decision on any potential punishment Friday.
According to Antonio Morales of The Clarion-Ledger, Ole Miss has been notified by the NCAA that the ruling will be coming within 24 hours. After reviewing the decision, the school then has to make the ruling public knowledge. This decision comes after a two-day September hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions in this case.
The football program has been charged with 21 violations, 15 of which were Level 1 violations — deemed the most serious. While the school stood behind head coach Hugh Freeze despite the vast number of accusations, once his phone records were thoroughly vetted, calls to escort services were discovered, leading Freeze to resign before the start of fall camp.
Ole Miss took the preemptive measure to self-impose a one-year bowl ban and has stripped itself of a number of scholarships over the next four recruiting cycles. Considering the number of violations the football program has been accused of, severe punishments could be coming. Never has a school been charged with as many violations under the new penalty structure the NCAA has formed in recent years.