Ole Miss responds to NCAA allegations with self-imposed penalties

Ole Miss responds to NCAA allegations with self-imposed penalties

OXFORD, MS (WLOX) - The University of Mississippi has issued its response to the notice of allegations it received from the NCAA in January.

In the response, the university said an internal investigation into the violations found "significant rules violations" within its women's basketball, football, and track and field programs.

According to the report, the university was accused of 28 NCAA violations, including 16 Level One violations.

"The University has accepted responsibility for the violations that occurred and self-imposed meaningful penalties," the response said.

The penalties include the termination of four coaches, the disassociation of every involved booster, a post-season ban for women's basketball, a double-digit reduction in football scholarships, a $159,325 financial penalty and a "significant reduction" in off-campus evaluation days and official and unofficial visits for the track and field and football programs.

"The fact that all but one of the 16 Level I violations arose from intentional misconduct committed by rogue former employees or boosters outside the University's direct control acting in contravention of rules education provided to them by the University.  As a result of this analysis, the University has determined that, to the extent the current penalty guidelines apply, the proper classification is Level I – Mitigated for football and Level II – Standard for track - 3 and field.    Although a post-season ban may be imposed in a Level I – Mitigated case, the University believes a ban is unnecessary here based upon applicable precedent and because the most serious allegations occurred years ago, involving staff and student-athletes long-since separated from the University."

You can read the full 154-page report here and a Letter to the Ole Miss Family from Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and Athletic Director Ross Bjork.

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