Yahoo! Sports‘ Pat Forde is reporting the NCAA has begun an investigation into the Ole Miss football program and women’s basketball program for rules violations.
Sources have told Yahoo! Sports that majority of the violations were conducted by the women’s basketball program.
The accusations made against the football program were committed by a previous coaching staff. Current football head coach Hugh Freeze and his staff appear to have committed no such infractions.
Athletic director Russ Djork mentioned he and the university are complying with the NCAA and has not received a Notice of Allegations.
Ole Miss has dealt with the NCAA before. In 1994, the Rebels received reduced scholarships, a one-year television ban and two-year postseason ban plus four years of probation. The list goes even further.
Ole Miss was also under scrutiny from the NCAA in 1986 and 1959 for similar infractions. In 1986, the Rebels received two years of probation, a one-year television ban and postseason ban. Furthermore, in 1959, Ole Miss was put on probation for one year.
This is not the type of news head coach Hugh Freeze wants to receive on the eve of his showdown against (3) Alabama. The Rebels are not only trying to prove they are one of the best teams in the SEC West, but one of the best in the country, as they sit just outside the top ten at no. 11.
Ole Miss is looking to pay back the Crimson Tide after Alabama shut out the Rebels in Tuscaloosa last season, 25-0.
You won’t want to miss this game between two of the best teams in the country. The game will air at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
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