Recent notable postseason bans handed down in NCAA cases

  • Recent notable postseason bans handed down in NCAA cases

Recent notable postseason bans handed down in NCAA cases

As it was this season, Ole Miss will be banned from a bowl game for the 2018 season as well - subject to a possible appeal.

The NCAA ruled Ole Miss lacked institutional control and allowing "an unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting".

In response to the postseason ban extension, the university later announced to "vigorously appeal" the NCAA's decision.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions has also put the program on probation for 4 years, docked 13 scholarships and levied a $179,000 fine, Sports Illustrated said. The reports states: "The institution's two most recent cases occurred in 1986 and 1994, but they were similar to the present case and are accorded significant weight". In addition to accepting our previously self-imposed sanctions, the committee has imposed a postseason ban for 2018.

Needless to say, the school plans to appeal by next week, Bjork said. "The additional postseason ban is excessive and does not take into account the corrective actions that we have made in personnel, structure, policies and processes to address the issues".

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In the latest development in the more than five-year ongoing case, the Committee on Infractions Friday came down fairly hard on Ole Miss.

Ole Miss was accused of 15 Level I violations - the most serious in the NCAA rulebook - for transgressions committed during the tenures of Houston Nutt and Hugh Freeze. "At the hearing, Mississippi's chancellor acknowledged his institution's problem with boosters, characterizing one instance as 'disturbingly questionable'".

The stiffest penalty was for former staff member David Saunders, who received an eight-year show cause for helping arrange fraudulent ACT scores.

The NCAA panel noted that this was the third case in 30 years involving Ole Miss boosters breaking rules, and said that even Freeze told them, "upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program". As part of self-imposed sanctions, the university already cut 11 scholarships over a four-year period from 2015 to 2018.

Rebels sophomore wide receiver A.J. Brown is staying in Oxford. The ruling said that Freeze promoted an atmosphere of rules compliance, but that he failed to monitor his staff. No off-campus recruiting activities or hosting any meals for prospects or student-athletes. The latter of those is against NCAA rules but is commonplace in these situations.