Ole Miss had self-imposed a bowl ban for 2017, along with a reduction of 11 scholarships over a total of four years, prior to the news. "We are appealing this case because we did not receive due course". He testified before the NCAA infractions committee and is now playing for Mississippi State. "It's clearly an excessive punishment and we are outraged at the unfair characterization of our football program and university culture involving athletics". Once the appeals committee acknowledges the request, the university has 30 days to file the appeal.
Specifically, the COI imposed a head coach restriction that would require me to serve two conference-game suspension if I am hired as a head coach for the 2018 football season.
"Off the field, (Freeze) promoted an atmosphere of compliance and expected his staff to abide by the rules", the NCAA ruling said.
Further, he maintains that he hopes to be a head coach again "as soon as possible" and makes sure to emphasize the fact that his penalties do not prevent him from being an assistant coach right away.
Among the penalties, Freeze was given a two-game conference suspension should he be hired before November 30, 2018. "I want to thank everyone who stood by me, including my family, my friends, and the University of MS".
The Rebels are accused of 15 level 1 violations such as paying players to attend Ole Miss and providing extra benefits. The committee said it reviewed 53,000 pages of information related to the case.
This site has been one of the more critical outlets when it comes to Ole Miss' silent approach through the labored process.
The Rebels went 6-6 in 2017 under interim coach Matt Luke, who replaced Freeze when the former Ole Miss coach was let go after the school discovered that he made improper calls from his university-issued cell phone. The 41-year-old led the Rebels to a respectable season, including an Egg Bowl win over rival Mississippi State last week.
Every coach mentioned in the Notice of Allegations received a show-cause penalty of some timeframe, including former head football coach Hugh Freeze (one year), former assistant athletic director for high school and junior college relations Barney Farrar and former assistant David Saunders, who worked for former coach Houston Nutt and was most recently at Louisiana-Lafayette (2011-14). The school said the resignation was not in relation to the NCAA case.