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Matt Luke, Leo Lewis expected to attend Ole Miss’ NCAA hearing

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Ole Miss is scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions next Monday, and it appears the list of attendees will include Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke and Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis.

Chuck Rounsaville of Ole Miss Spirit – an Ole Miss-centric site for Scout.com – reports that Luke will be “required” to attend Ole Miss’ NCAA hearing.

Earlier Tuesday, the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger reported that Lewis is “expected” to attend the hearing.

Luke, who was not named in either the original Notice of Allegation or the amended Notice of Allegation, is one of only a few coaching holdovers from the previous staff under Hugh Freeze. In the amended NOA, running backs coach Tyrone Nix and tight ends coach Maurice Harris were named and are expected to be at the hearing, along with Freeze, former assistant Chris Kiffin (now the defensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic for his brother) and former Ole Miss associate AD Barney Farrar. Farrar’s title had been assistant A.D./High School & Junior College Relations.” He was fired in December.

The Clarion-Ledger reported that Lewis requested to be excused from the hearing or to join via video teleconference, but that the request was denied. Lewis is named in five allegations against Ole Miss, including four Level 1 violations, the pones the NCAA deems the most serious. Should Lewis appear, he’ll do so a few days before Mississippi State plays host to LSU.

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Lewis was granted what the NCAA termed “limited immunity” when he was interviewed. That protects him from being declared ineligible for wrongdoing as long as he told the truth. Ole Miss has denied his claims.

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