Ole Miss Football Receives Second One-Year Bowl Ban

The Ole Miss football program has received its latest punishment from the NCAA.

On Friday, the NCAA announced Ole Miss must forfeit nearly $8 million in all postseason revenues for the 2017 season, along with a 2018 bowl ban and the stripping of 13 scholarships.

The scholarships will span over four years.

The Rebels will also be on probation through Nov. 30 2020.

From the release:

The University of Mississippi lacked institutional control and fostered an unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. Six football staff members and 12 boosters were involved in the violations, which included the provision of approximately $37,000 to prospects through cash payments, the use of automobiles, lodging, transportation, meals and apparel. Two staff members also helped arrange fraudulent standardized test scores for three prospects.

The panel found the involved head coach failed to monitor the program, allowing his staff to knowingly commit a series of recruiting violations, submit false information on recruiting paperwork and not report known violations.

Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze also “must serve a two-conference-game suspension for the 2018 season” if he is hired.

Any Ole Miss player who is entering his final year of eligibility will be free to transfer without restriction.

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