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NCAA Announces Penalties For Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze

Hugh Freeze talking to Chad Kelly.

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - OCTOBER15: Head Coach Hugh Freeze talks with Chad Kelly #10 of the Mississippi Rebels during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The long NCAA case against Ole Miss has ended.

Ole Miss football faced 21 total violations, including 15 Level I violations, the most serious type that the NCAA can levy. The university was hit with the dreaded "lack of institutional control" which is seen as the worst violation the NCAA can bestow on a school.

During its Committee on Infractions meeting occurred in early September Ole Miss contested nine of the 21 allegations.

Here are the penalties.

  • Three years of probation from Dec. 1, 2017, to Nov. 30, 2020.
  • A financial penalty of $5,000 plus 1 percent of its average football budget for three years, which was calculated at $179,797 (self-imposed by the university).
  • A postseason ban for the 2017 (self-imposed by the university) and 2018 seasons.
  • The head coach must serve a two-conference-game suspension for the 2018 season should any NCAA school hire him between Dec. 1, 2017, and Nov. 30, 2018.
  • An eight-year show-cause order for the operations coordinator, during which he must not hold any athletically related duties or have contact with prospective student-athletes and their families.
  • A five-year show-cause order for the assistant coach who facilitated standardized test fraud and living arrangements. He must not hold any athletically related duties during this time.
  • A two-year show-cause order for the other involved assistant coach. During this time, he must not participate in off-campus recruiting activities or hosting any meals for prospects or student-athletes.
  • A five-year show-cause order for the assistant athletics director. He must not participate in any recruiting activities during this time.
  • Vacation of all regular-season and postseason wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed.
  • Scholarship reductions through 2018-19, as detailed in the public report (self-imposed by the university).
  • Recruiting restrictions, as detailed in the public report.
  • Disassociation of boosters, as detailed in the public report (self-imposed by the university).

The university hired former interim head football coach Matt Luke to a longterm deal just a few days ago, which makes more sense given the penalties. Hugh Freeze walks away relatively unscathed, and can assume a head coaching gig for the 2019 season, after serving a two-game suspension.

With the penalties, Ole Miss seniors will be allowed to transfer without penalty due to the postseason ban for 2018.