Ole Miss hit with additional bowl-ban year

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Ole Miss must also vacate wins that ineligible athletes participated in, which could take some time to sort out. It included three five-star players from out-of-state, including one from Chicago. That is in addition to the 11 they have already lost as part of their self-imposed penalties.

Bjork said the university would begin the appeals process for the postseason ban as quickly as possible. "We will fight for them and appeal". "We're also, frankly, bringing up concerns that might be of general use to our member institutions in the NCAA..."

The Rebels were accused of 15 Level I violations, including lack of institutional control, under former coach Hugh Freeze.

Ole Miss will lose a total of 13 scholarships. However, both Vitter and athletics director Bjork want it to be known that this is not over yet. 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". Going into 2018 though, you can expect a challenging recruiting class and several stars transferring to programs not going through sanctions and bowl bans.

The postseason bowl ban includes 2017, which the university self-imposed this year, and the 2018 season.

Ole Miss will be banned from playing in a bowl again next season and the Rebels also received additional scholarship deductions in the ruling the university received from the NCAA committee on infractions Friday, sources told ESPN.

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Luke was named the interim coach in July after Freeze surprisingly resigned following a school investigation into his phone records that found what the school called personal misconduct.

Vitter expressed sadness at how the NCAA handled the case, saying he feels the school was left out at many key points along the way during the investigation.

Bjork also said there are "other aspects of the case that we will also appeal, and we will determine the specifics of those matters in the next few days". The investigation that spanned over five years is now finally over.

The people who committed violations have been punished, and the school is doing its best to move on.

That's pending any roster changes, based on a reading of Ole Miss' roster for its last game of the 2017 season.

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