Hugh Freeze releases statement in response to NCAA ruling on Ole Miss

Tricia Pearson
December 2, 2017

Several former Ole Miss assistants and staff members received show-cause restrictions, which hinders their ability to work for schools in the NCAA.

"While we continue to review the full report, we will vigorously appeal the 2018 postseason ban". Thursday, the Ole Miss Spirit published an audio recording of that including Lewis' mother reportedly admitting that the family received offers from Mississippi State and LSU. College athletics are a scoreboard business, and Ole Miss played by the NCAA's own twisted rules - and lost.

Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter believes the 2018 postseason ban was excessive.

Freeze, who was sacked in July for issues not related to the NCAA investigation, has received a show-cause penalty, though the length is unknown. He testified before the NCAA infractions committee and is now playing for Mississippi State.

OXFORD | Ole Miss had always been silent, sending no comments and statements about process out into the fanbase for years while the NCAA case dragged on and dug a chasm between supporters and administration because of the public relations beatings. The NCAA has levied further sanctions against the school's football program for a multi-layered recruiting scandal, according to a report from Steven Godfrey of SB Nation.

Among the penalties, Freeze was given a two-game conference suspension should he be hired before November 30, 2018. The ruling said that Freeze promoted an atmosphere of rules compliance, but that he failed to monitor his staff.

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The school also has been put on probation for three years and must vacate records of all regular-season and postseason wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed.

Fifteen of Ole Miss' 21 alleged infractions are Level I violations, which range from academic fraud to boosters paying prospective recruits. Matt Luke was named the permanent head coach on Sunday after serving on an interim basis throughout the 2017 season.

Now that Ole Miss has a better idea of its punishment, it can begin the process of rebuilding the program.

Ole Miss reached the.500 mark after beating Mississippi State 31-28 on Thanksgiving.

Hugh Freeze, the coach who resigned abruptly this summer after revelations he'd called escort services from his university-issued phone, received a two-game suspension he'll have to serve only if he's hired as a head coach for next season. The school said the resignation was not in relation to the NCAA case.

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