It’s Ole Miss against Mississippi State, and this time it won’t be on the football field.
After a probe into potential violations committed at Ole Miss were issued in the form of an official notice, they wasted no time in disputing claims they felt were frivolous. According to the Clarion-Ledger, a lawsuit has been filed in response to the notice of allegations.
Violation number nine on the notice indicates that two potential recruits to Ole Miss were given nearly $3,000 worth of merchandise from a local clothing store known as Rebel Rags. The store specialized in Ole Miss apparel, but denies ever giving away free merchandise to any potential recruits.
They say they are willing and able to provide proof that the claim is false.
Former Ole Miss defensive line coach Chris Kiffin, and associate staffer Barney Farrar were alleged to have arranged the deal for the free merchandise with Rebel Rags. If it is found that the charge is substantive, it is a Level I violation and could be punished harshly.
The lawsuit filed by Rebel Rags identifies Mississippi State’s Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones, and Lindsey Miller as the players in question. Speaking through their attorney, the lawsuit is said to be filed on the basis of “defamation, slander, conspiracy and commercial disparagement stemming from false statements made to the NCAA and have since been published in the (university’s response to the) notice of allegations.”
It appears as if Ole Miss has a long way to go before they are handed any actual punishment stemming from the probe. With their apparent inclination to fight the allegations, mandated repercussions may not come until well after the upcoming football season.