Monday, March 1, 2021

Ole Miss Receives Case Summary, Set To Appear In Front Of COI On September 11

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Photo by Steven Gagliano

The University of Mississippi has received their case summary and appearance letter from the NCAA. University representatives will appear in front of the Committee on Infractions on September 11 in Covington, Kentucky. Those who will be in attendance can be seen below, noticeably absent from the list is former head coach Hugh Freeze.
In accordance with NCAA Bylaw, the panel expects that you, as the chief executive officer of an institution involved in potential violations of NCAA legislation, will attend the hearing to present your views on presidential control and the institution’s commitment to compliance. Additionally, the panel requests that, at a minimum, the following individuals be included among the institution’s representatives: 
 Mr. Matt Ball, senior associate director of athletics for compliance; 
Mr. Ross Bjork, director of athletics
Mr. Maurice Harris, assistant football coach and recruiting coordinator
Mr. Derrick Nix, assistant football coach 
Ms. Julie Owen, associate director of athletics for compliance
Dr. Ron Rychlak, faculty athletics representative”
The full COI appearance letter can be seen here.
The case summary includes a detailed timeline of the case dating back to April 2010. The names of involved players have been redacted, but the names of boosters are shown. The names of the involved boosters were released on July 28. The summary also includes the university’s official responses to all 21 allegations including the “lack of institutional control” charge to which their answer continues to be “The institution disagrees the facts substantiate the alleged violation.”
The full case summary can be seen here
15 of the 21 allegations against Ole Miss are “Level 1” allegations, and the Rebels have already self-imposed a post season ban for the 2017 season.

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