NCAA extends bowl ban for Ole Miss and issues other penalties

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The university already self-imposed a bowl ban for this season when it received a notice of allegations in February.

The program already self-imposed several penalties on itself, including a reduction of 11 scholarships over the course of four years, a $150,000 fine and a ban on postseason play in 2017.

Ole Miss "lacked institutional control and fostered an unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting", according to the NCAA's Committee on Infractions ruling.

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's Committee on Infractions finally ruled on the Rebels' years-long case and unveiled its punishment on Friday.

"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. The NCAA noted that former head coach Hugh Freeze "acknowledged that upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program". The Rebels got a new bowl ban, financial penalties, a loss of scholarships and individuals have also been penalized.

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"It is not necessary for an institution to obtain permission in writing to recruit a student-athlete at an institution that has been placed on probation with sanctions that preclude it from competing in postseason competition during the remaining seasons of the student-athlete's eligibility". The committee said it reviewed 53,000 pages of information related to the case.

Both administrators declined to offer details about the change, but Bjork added, "We strongly disagree with the tactics used by the enforcement staff to keep us isolated in the final months of the investigation".

Ole Miss went 6-6 this year and beat Mississippi State 31-28 in the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night.

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. Bjork said the appeal will be launched "right away".

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