According to Yahoo Sports, the NCAA has officially charged the University of Mississippi with more than 30 rules violations in three sports: football, women’s basketball, and track and field.
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Currently, it is not clear what types of specific violations occurred in each of the three Ole Miss sports, as the NCAA does not comment on ongoing investigations. The investigation, which began two years before the arrival of current head football coach Hugh Freeze in 2014, was originally reported by Yahoo Sports in October of 2014.
Ole Miss now has 90 days to respond to the charges under the NCAA’s violation protocol. If the school decides to fight the charges, they will be granted a hearing with a “Committee On Infractions” to decide their fate. The NCAA’s Committee On Infractions generally meet between five or six times a year, but it could be a while until Ole Miss is given a hearing as the committee just recently met last week.
In the last several seasons under Freeze, the Ole Miss football program has taken off, including back-to-back New Year’s Six bowl appearances and a 48-20 win over Oklahoma State in the 2016 Sugar Bowl.
A time that is supposed to be celebrated by Runnin’ Rebel football fans after back-to-back years of defeating SEC powerhouse, Alabama and coming off of an impressive bowl win, is now filled with controversy, as the school’s top money-making program has come under major fire. It still is unclear whether these “violations” are for improper benefits, academic violations, or something else. Right now, however, it is not looking good for Ole Miss athletics as they have 30 charges hanging over their heads in multiple sports.
This latest NCAA investigation has not been the only off-the-field distraction for Hugh Freeze’s bunch, as just this past December, Ole Miss star defensive lineman Robert Dkemdiche was involved in a bizarre incident where he fell from a two story balcony at an Atlanta hotel. After police searched Nkemdiche’s hotel room, they found a broken window and a small bag of marijuana. As a result of the incident, Dkemdiche was charged with marijuana possession and suspended for the Rebels’ bowl game. Shortly after the suspension was handed down, Nkemdiche declared for the 2016 NFL Draft.