The University of Mississippi today said it will file the paperwork today to appeal the NCAA’s ruling on recruiting violations.
The ruling included a two-year postseason ban. In anticipation of the NCAA’s decision, Ole Miss self-imposed a 2017 bowl ban but still faces an addition season without postseason play in 2018. Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter has called the additional postseason ban excessive and promised the university would fight it.
The university said it has hired the Butler Snow law firm, headquartered in Jackson, to help make its case before the NCAA. Below is the full statement:
Today, the University of Mississippi is submitting to the NCAA written notice of its intent to appeal the Public Infractions Decision Letter of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions issued December 1.
The university has also retained the Mississippi-based law firm of Butler Snow to join the existing legal team of Lightfoot, Franklin & White and Bond, Schoeneck & King for the appeal and other related legal services. Don Barrett of the Barrett Law Group will also join the university’s legal team.
“We have the best legal team in the country to handle our NCAA appeal. We added Mississippi-based firms to further strengthen an already exceptional team so that we are in the best possible position to win this appeal,” stated Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter of the University of Mississippi. “We believe the additional penalties imposed by the COI are unwarranted, which we will make very clear at the appropriate time in our written submissions on the merits of our appeal.