The NCAA’s investigation into the Ole Miss football program is getting juicy.
According to updated allegations against the Rebels, it was revealed that Ole Miss boosters gave a recruit between $13,000 and $16,000 in an effort to lure him to the school. That is a Level I violation. A former staffer reportedly knew of the cash payments.
The effort, however, was ultimately unsuccessful as the recruit decided to enroll elsewhere.
Ole Miss provided an update on its NCAA case on Wednesday which includes eight new charges against the program, bringing the total to 21.
From the updated list of violations:
It is alleged that between April 2014 and February 2015, Former Staff Member A initiated and facilitated two boosters having impermissible contact with Prospective Student-Athlete B (who enrolled at another institution). It is further alleged that these two boosters provided Prospective Student-Athlete B (who enrolled at another institution) with impermissible cash payments during that timeframe and that Former Staff Member A knew about the cash payments. The value of the alleged inducements according to the NCAA is between $13,000 and $15,600. This is charged as a Level I violation.
The university believes there is sufficient credible and persuasive evidence to conclude that the impermissible contact outlined in the fourth allegation occurred. However, we are still evaluating whether there is sufficient credible and persuasive evidence to support the alleged payments and will make that determination over the course of the next 90 days.
This is a situation that isn’t going away anytime soon.
But for now, it certainly doesn’t look good for the Ole Miss football program which has been charged with “lack of institutional control.” Things could get ugly.