The NCAA’s investigative case against Mississippi ended in early December, with the NCAA Committee on Infractions administering an additional one-season bowl ban, among other sanctions. In its findings, the committee charged Ole Miss with a lack of institutional control, one of many charges Ole Miss is appealing.
Ole Miss self-imposed a bowl ban for the 2016 season, and it voluntarily forfeited more than $7 million of SEC postseason revenue. The school also self-imposed some recruiting and scholarship restrictions.
As for the appeal, Ole Miss recently noted that the NCAA has elected to use a 30-day extension to respond to the appeal. The university filed the appeal February 5.
In its appeal, Ole Miss is taking issue with the NCAA citing cases against Ole Miss dating to 1986; the school is calling the NCAA’s reference to those previous cases as “erroneous.”
The school also takes issue with the NCAA putting restrictions on unofficial visits. Ole Miss terms those restrictions “unprecedented and unauthorized.”
The most notable comments from the university: It said the committee “should vacate and reverse the penalties and factual findings because the COI abused its discretion, departed from precedent, committed procedural errors, and reached factual conclusions inconsistent with the evidence.”
The deadline for the NCAA now is April 8. Per NCAA by-laws, Ole Miss then would have 14 days to submit its reply.
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