Freeze's defiance could lead to Ole Miss downfall

  • Freeze's defiance could lead to Ole Miss downfall

Freeze's defiance could lead to Ole Miss downfall

Ole Miss announced a self-imposed postseason ban for its football program for the 2017 season on Wednesday.

Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel writes that Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze "most certainly won't" survive his program's ongoing scandal. Of the eight new charges the NCAA recently levied against Ole Miss (and the 21 in total), the blockbuster is that two Ole Miss boosters paid a recruit at least $13,000 in cash before that recruit made a decision to play college football elsewhere. If you told every $40,000 per year high school coach in the country that breaking the NCAA's often arbitrary and immoral rules would help them make $10 million and get their shot in the SEC - even if it ended with an avalanche of violations - how many do you really think would turn it down? In the video Ole Miss released Wednesday, he sat side by side with athletics director Ross Bjork and school chancellor Jeffrey Vitter. SB Nation's Steven Godfrey reports that an Ole Miss source says numerous football allegations stem from Houston Nutt's tenure, which ended in 2011.

The fight will persist as the school prepares its official response to the NCAA within the next 90 days, before going in front of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions later this year.

Tunsil was the story of the National Football League draft in April after a weird video of him smoking from a gas mask-bong contraption was posted on his Twitter account just before the selections began. This comes on the heels of an NCAA investigation into the Ole Miss football program.

The new additions include a level III violation where a prospective student-athlete went hunting near campus on a booster's private land in 2013, according to the NCAA. Also, props to that recruit for being a cold-blooded savage. Bjork said the school will contest the other new allegations, four of which are Level I violations. As for Freeze, he's been charged with violating "head coach responsibility legislation".

Then there's the charge that a former Ole Miss staff member arranged for a recruit, who signed elsewhere, to receive cash payments from two boosters totaling $13,000 to $15,600. "Any behavior by my staff that is inconsistent with that commitment to do things the right way simply does not reflect the emphasis I personally place on NCAA compliance". So not only was Ole Miss' football program dirty, it was also incompetent.