Ole Miss Announces Self-Imposed Bowl Ban

Mississippi has announced it is self-imposing a one-year bowl ban for the 2017 season after being notified of eight new alleged NCAA rules violations in addition to 13 pre-existing allegations. 

Among the NCAA charges levied toward Ole Miss was a lack of institutional control and a charge against head football coach Hugh Freeze for failing to monitor his staff. The school is contesting both those charges.

 "We announced today that the NCAA enforcement staff's investigation of football has now concluded, and that earlier today our outside legal counsel received the university's notice of allegations dealing with the football program," Ole Miss chancellor Jeff Vitter said in a video statement. 

In January 2016, the university received a notice of allegations involving football, women's basketball and track and field from an investigation that began in 2012. Thirteen of the allegations were connected to football. 

The university issued a response to the allegations within the mandated 90-day time period on May 27. However, the investigation was reopened when former Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil admitted on the night of the NFL Draft last April to taking money from Ole Miss coaches. In response, Ole Miss self-imposed a double-digit reduction in scholarships for the football program. 

"Throughout the more than four-year investigation, the University of Mississippi has been committed to seeking the truth," Vitter said. "While we vigorously disagree with some key allegations, and while we have had our differences on occasion with the NCAA about the investigative process, I want to thank everyone involved -- both here and at the NCAA -- for working with us to bring this phase of the process to an end."

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