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SEC Country: Attorney Says Ole Miss Case Is ‘As Close To Death Penalty As You Can Get’

Rebels prepare to take the field against the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium. Photo by Bill Barksdale. 

Despite an ongoing NCAA investigation, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze expressed confidence during the SEC spring meetings of coming to closure on the situation.

Ole Miss is accused of four Level I violations pertaining to recruiting, however Freeze wasn’t fazed when asked about the subject.
“I look forward to the release on our side of things and being able to share that,” Freeze said. “Finality is what we need, and that’s coming soon.”
Former assistant coach Barney Farrar, who worked for the Rebels from 2011-2016 as an assistant A.D./high school and junior college relations, is a major person in the case against Ole Miss who has since been relieved of his duties.
Farrar’s lawyer Bruse Loyd had a strong take on the ordeal when he spoke to WEVV Sports Director Jojo Gentry, claiming that he believes his client is being cast as a scapegoat.
“It is as close to the death penalty as you can get without that actually happen,” Loyd said. “Coach Farrar has been questioned extensively, in fact, five times by the NCAA about those allegations.”
The violations are for:
– Providing lodging and transportation to Ole Miss Football recruits worth $2,200, and meals worth $235
– Providing false information knowingly about recruiting violations when asked by the NCAA and Ole Miss Football
– Boosters contacting one athlete committed to another NCAA football program, and allowed a cash payment(s) to that athlete worth $13-15,000
– Distributing athletic gear, courtesy of a company owned by an Ole Miss booster, to recruits
Loyd added that Ole Miss is in an unenviable predicament.
“To use the excuse that everyone else is doing it, that’s just not a good defense,” Loyd said. “That’s not a good reason. That’s not an acceptable reason. Some of these rules, you wish they weren’t there but the fact of the matter is they are — and they’ve got to be enforced, and they’ve got to be followed. And if you don’t, you’ll find yourself in the position the University of Mississippi athletic department has found itself.”
Ole Miss has self-imposed a one-year bowl ban for the 2017 season.
Gentry is reporting that Ole Miss is expected to publicly release their response to the NCAA sometime this week.

This story was originally written by SEC Country’s (Rolando Rosa)It was republished on HottyToddy.com with permission from Cox Media Group. 

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