Ole Miss is in a heap of trouble with the NCAA amidst an investigation that includes allegations of a lack of institutional control and offering impermissible benefits to players.
But the Rebels may not be the only ones guilty in this melodrama.
According to a report from Rivals.com’s Neal McCready, Ole Miss may have turned over evidence to the NCAA and SEC that could implicate Mississippi State for improper actions regarding Bulldogs LB Leo Lewis.
In a very interesting read, McCready claims that Lewis is believed to be one of the players that Ole Miss attempted to provide improper benefits, and alleges that the Bulldogs linebacker is one of the players who spoke to the NCAA about potential improper behavior by Ole Miss during the recruiting process.
The latest NCAA allegations indicate that a booster arranged a payment to a recruit who did not end up attending Ole Miss. McCready’s article would seem to implicate Lewis as that potential recruit:
One of those charges, one that Ole Miss said it still needs to investigate, accused a booster of arranging a payment of $13,000-15,000 to then-prospect/current Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis.
But that’s not where the story ends on that one. McCready goes on to report that he has sources claiming that Ole Miss possesses a recording of Lewis’ mother that could implicate Mississippi State, among others, of some wrongdoing as well.
Ole Miss, per multiple sources, possesses a recording, and has given the SEC a copy, of Lewis’ mother asking Ole Miss for money and detailing incentives she received from other programs, including Mississippi State.
There has been no official comment on the potential of this type of recording from the NCAA or SEC to this point, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t exist as a part of the ongoing investigation.