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NCAA smacks Ole Miss with additional postseason ban, more scholarship cuts

03 December 2017

Former Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze did not receive a show-cause penalty. The NCAA says a school has 15 days to notify the appeals committee of its intent to appeal. Instead he was given a 2-game conference suspension for the 2018 season if he's hired before November 30, 2018.

"We wish that this were over", Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork said.

Three years of probation, until November 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).

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The 2017 season wasn't much better for Patterson, following the abrupt exit of Freeze, Patterson was lost for the season in the LSU game. The NCAA noted that former head coach Hugh Freeze "acknowledged that upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program".

An 8-year show-cause order for the operations coordinator.

David Saunders: Eight years, during which "he must not hold any athletically related duties or have contact with prospective student-athletes and their families".

New Rebels coach Matt Luke, who had been an assistant on Freeze's staff, was not named in the NCAA report and thus did not get a show-cause penalty. That decision means there probably won't be any closure to the more than five-year-old saga any time soon.

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"The panel found the involved head coach failed to monitor the program, allowing his staff to knowingly commit a series of recruiting violations, submit false information on recruiting paperwork and not report known violations". He must not participate in any recruiting activities during this time. There will also be a vacation of wins ineligible athletes competed in.

Scholarship reductions through 2018-19 (self-imposed).

Ole Miss has reportedly put some restrictions on where Patterson can go, prohibiting a move to any SEC program, or school that will be on Ole Miss' schedule for the next two seasons. "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", the school said in a statement.

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NCAA smacks Ole Miss with additional postseason ban, more scholarship cuts