Ole Miss football hit hard by NCAA sanctions

OXFORD — The Committee on Infractions has added a year to Ole Miss' postseason ban.

The committee also decided to hand Ole Miss three years of probation, dating from Friday to Nov. 30, 2020, a financial penalty of $179, 797, and additional scholarship reductions per the NCAA's report, which was released Friday morning.

The Clarion Ledger can also confirm, among other things, a two-year show cause was given to former Ole Miss assistant Chris Kiffin and a five-year show cause was handed out to former off-field staffer Barney Farrar.

A two-year bowl ban (Ole Miss self-imposed sitting out this year) opens the door for next year's senior class to transfer without penalty.

ESPN.com reported that former coach Hugh Freeze received a one-year head coach restriction and a two-game suspension for conference games that only applies if he is the head coach.

Ole Miss faced 21 allegations, including 15 Level I violations. When the university received its Notice of Allegations in February it self-imposed a postseason ban and had to forfeit nearly $8 million in postseason revenue.

With the additional postseason ban, it will have do forfeit that revenue once again this season.

The university has spent $4.5 million on this case as of earlier this week. It can appeal the committee's decision to the Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, which would stretch out this process a few more months.

 

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