Ole Miss Fans React To Sanctions


Former Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze must serve a two-conference-game suspension for the 2018 season should any NCAA school hire him between December 1, 2017, and November 30, 2018. That means that any school that wants to hire him must meet with the NCAA infractions committee.

Chris Vaughn: Five years, during which "he must not hold any athletically related duties during this time".

Ole Miss learned on Friday it would receive a second-year bowl ban from the NCAA leaving the Rebels out of postseason for 2018 unless the school wins its appeal.

"The additional postseason ban is excessive and does not take into account the corrective actions that we have made in personnel, structure, policies and processes to address the issues", he stated.

Six football staff members and 12 boosters were involved in the violations, which included providing $37,000 to prospects through cash payments, use of automobiles, lodging, transportation, meals and apparel.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions said the case was similar to other Ole Miss rules violations cases in 1986 and 1994 and that the school had an "unconstrained booster culture".

"While my hope is to be a head coach again as soon as possible, this restriction does not limit, in any way, my ability to serve as an assistant coach", Freeze said in a statement released through his lawyer's office.

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In an email to HottyToddy.com on Saturday, Michael Thompson, Ole Miss' senior associate athletic director for communications and marketing, confirmed that the university had already reduced its scholarships by a total of 13 over a four-year period-that's a 15 percent reduction from the total of 85 scholarships and meets the NCAA's requirement. "I want to thank everyone who stood by me, including my family, my friends, and the University of MS".

Former head coach Hugh Freeze received a show-cause tag also.

Three years of probation, until November 30, 2020.

Postseason ban for 2017 (self-imposed) and 2018 seasons.

NCAA gave the Rebels a bowl ban for 2018 (the school self-imposed a ban for 2017), vacated all wins that any ineligible student-athlete participated in, and placed the school on probation for three years.

Luke was named the interim coach in July after Freeze surprisingly resigned following a school investigation into his phone records that found what the school called personal misconduct.