Things could get ugly in Oxford — so much so that Ole Miss might be looking at a postseason ban handed down by the NCAA as added punishment to the school’s self-imposed sanctions.
ESPN’s Chris Low told The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday that the Rebels could be “on the threshold” of a postseason expulsion in light of the recent NCAA investigation, which revealed that Ole Miss was charged with 28 NCAA violations across football, women’s basketball and track and field. The university issued a response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations last week, which stated that the football program had committed eight severe infractions.
The spotlight was further put on the Ole Miss program during April’s NFL draft, when former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil admitted to receiving impermissible benefits from the program at the end of a disastrous draft night.
Coach Hugh Freeze has denied any acknowledgement of cheating since the incident. At the SEC meetings on Tuesday, he told reporters that he owns everything that has happened, but has zero knowledge of coaches paying players.
It could be a long couple of months while Freeze and Ole Miss await word on any further punishment from the NCAA.