Ole Miss’ hearing with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions will come September 11, the school announced Wednesday, when it released the NCAA’s final summary on the case.
The hearing could take two to three days and will be held in Covington, Ky., outside of Cincinnati.
The NCAA stood by its 21 charges, 15 of which are Level I violations, the most serious level. One of those is a lack of institutional control. In addition, the NCAA’s response said Ole Miss didn’t meet the standards required for exemplary cooperation.
Athletic director Ross Bjork, former assistants Maurice Harris and Derrick Nix and members of the school’s compliance department have been called to appear.
Eleven of the 15 Level I violations occurred during the five-year tenure of Hugh Freeze, who resigned as coach July 20 after the school found what it termed a “pattern of personal misconduct” after an investigation into Freeze’s phone records.
Ole Miss will contest seven violations, including the lack of institutional control.
In its response, the NCAA said, “The atmosphere was anything but compliant and Freeze’s monitoring efforts, as noted above, were many times deficient.” While he no longer is coach, Freeze is expected to attend the hearing.
While the school has self-imposed penalties, including a postseason ban for 2017 and a 15 percent reduction in scholarships over the next four years, the committee can add more sanctions. The final ruling should come no later than mid-November.
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