The identities of the boosters who were redacted in both notices of allegations released by Ole Miss may not be hidden much longer.
In its final order on Friday, the Mississippi Ethics Commission demanded that the university release copies of its notice of allegations and amended notice of allegations without the booster names redacted.
The Clarion-Ledger obtained a copy of that statement, where Chris Graham, the ethics commission’s hearing officer, ordered the Rebels to “produce a copy of the notice of allegations and amended notice of allegations redacted as necessary to fully comply with federal education privacy laws or any other statutes or case law, but that any booster names shall not be redacted solely due to right of privacy.”
And Ole Miss doesn’t have much time to comply. The university only has “seven working days from the receipt of the final order” to send the NOAs with the names included.
The notice that the NCAA sent the school last February contained 21 allegations against the football program. Coach Hugh Freeze was charged with violating his responsibility legislation, and the university was charged with lack of institutional control.
That same day, the Rebels announced that they had self-imposed a one-year bowl ban.
On Monday, an update from the Clarion-Ledger reported that “John Doe” — one of the boosters whose name is in jeopardy of being released by the university — filed an appeal to the ethics commission’s decision.