Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Parham: Sanctions in hand, Ole Miss finally came out publicly firing

Parham: Sanctions in hand, Ole Miss finally came out publicly firing

Friday afternoon, Chancellor Jeff Vitter and AD Ross Bjork publicly addressed the NCAA sanctions imposed upon Ole Miss. 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".

But when former Rebels offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil suffered through a miserable NFL Draft night that included a video of him smoking a substance through a gas mask, a sudden fall to 13th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft and the post-draft admission that he took money from Ole Miss coaches, the NCAA came calling again.

The NCAA's conclusion is essentially that Ole Miss assistant coaches and boosters were running wild and committing recruiting violations left and right.

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Ole Miss Rebels.

OXFORD | Ole Miss had always been silent, sending no comments and statements about process out into the fanbase for years while the NCAA case dragged on and dug a chasm between supporters and administration because of the public relations beatings. "We will vigorously appeal the additional postseason ban".

They will have an addition one year bowl ban, in addition to the self-imposed one they are now serving, meaning no bowl games until 2019. Bjork said other schools have already approached the eligible players in efforts to "poach" them, but has not been approached by any players that now desire to transfer.

Hugh Freeze, the coach who resigned abruptly this summer after revelations he'd called escort services from his university-issued phone, received a two-game suspension he'll have to serve only if he's hired as a head coach for next season.

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 course of this investigation changed.

So, what do we make of it all? That, in and of itself, is reason to celebrate. Yes, some are unexpected-while many seem ridiculous. "We indicated our disagreement in very forceful and strategic aspects of evidence by numerous filings, letters and push-back over the past few years". It's excruciating and heartbreaking for the current players and coaches-most of whom had nothing to do with any of this. Luke had the interim tag removed on Sunday when he was officially named head coach.

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