Saturday, September 23, 2023

SEC Country Report: Ole Miss Facing 30 NCAA Rules Violations


Ross Bjork issued a statement on the NCAA violations: “As has been the case for the past three years, we are bound by confidentiality on the matter. However, I can say that I’m confident in how our coaches and staff operate our program, and we take compliance, NCAA and SEC rules very seriously. We are working hard to seek a resolution to this matter.”

Courtesy of David Collier and SEC Country

Ole Miss has been charged with about 30 NCAA rules violations, according to Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.

Football, women’s basketball and track and field are the sports noted in the Notice of Allegations, according to the report, but it is unclear to what degree each team is implicated.

Ole Miss star left tackle Laremy Tunsil was suspended for seven games last season for receiving impermissible benefits.

Women’s basketball drew the majority of attention in the investigation, according a report by Forde from October 2014. That came on the heels of a coaching change that stemmed from findings inside the Rebels women’s basketball program.

In October 2012, Ole Miss fired new women’s basketball coach Adrian Wiggins after learning of impermissible recruiting contacts and academic misconduct committed by his staff, according to a school release. Wiggins was dismissed before coaching his first game with the Rebels.

The Rebels women’s basketball program also self-imposed a one-year postseason ban following the findings.

Former Ole Miss track and field coach Brian O’Neal resigned last summer during the investigation.

Ole Miss has 90 days to respond to allegations. From here, a Committee on Infractions hearing date will be set up and the school can argue their case. The committee will issue a ruling with any penalties six to eight weeks after the hearing, according to the Yahoo Sports report.

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