Ole Miss gets 2-year bowl ban, other penalties in NCAA case

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Mississippi’s soccer program has been handed a two-year postseason ban and different penalties by the NCAA.

The Committee on Infractions got here down laborious on Ole Miss, which completed the common season 6-6 however had self-imposed a postseason ban this 12 months. The Rebels had hoped to keep away from a postseason ban subsequent season as a fallout of its long-running guidelines violation case that included a cost of lack of institutional management.

Ole Miss had additionally self-imposed different punishments in anticipation of the sanctions, together with scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions. The NCAA on Friday banned the Rebels from the postseason for 2017 and 2018.

Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze shall be suspended for 2 convention video games throughout the 2018 season if he is employed as a head coach at one other college. A number of former Ole Miss assistants and workers members obtained show-cause restrictions, which primarily bans them from working for an NCAA college.

The Rebels may even be on probation for 3 extra years by means of November 30, 2020 and should pay a monetary penalty of about $179,000. Ole Miss should additionally vacate wins that ineligible athletes participated in, which might take a while to type out.

The difficult case consisted of 21 alleged violations, together with 15 that have been Degree I, which the NCAA considers probably the most critical. The NCAA will focus on the case on a convention name later Friday.

Ole Miss has additionally introduced a information convention to debate the case on Friday afternoon.

Now that Ole Miss is aware of its punishment, it could possibly concentrate on rebuilding this system. That will not be straightforward contemplating the extra postseason ban for the 2018 season.

Matt Luke was lately named Ole Miss’ head coach after spending the previous season because the interim. The 41-year-old led the Rebels to a decent season, together with an Egg Bowl win over rival Mississippi State final week.

Luke was named the interim coach in July after Freeze surprisingly resigned following a faculty investigation into his telephone information that discovered what the varsity referred to as private misconduct. The college stated the resignation was not in relation to the NCAA case.

That put Ole Miss within the awkward place of defending a coach in an NCAA case who was now not employed on the college.

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