Ole Miss was scheduled to file its response to the Notice of Allegations it received from the NCAA in January by Friday, but it has received a 30-day extension, the school announced Thursday.
Ole Miss released a brief statement: “One of the other parties to the NCAA Notice of Allegations has requested and received a 30-day extension to respond to the notice. This extension is an often used tool available to all parties, and the Notice of Allegations itself has not changed in any way. Upon the completion of the 30-day extension period, the University will release our full Response to the Notice of Allegations.”
Former Ole Miss assistant coaches David Saunders and Chris Vaughn are two of the “other parties” named in the letter. Both coaches served under former coach Houston Nutt.
Saunders was given an eight-year show-cause punishment for his involvement in arranging for fraudulent college entrance exam scores for recruits during a recent investigation at Louisiana-Lafayette. Vaughn, who coached at Texas last season, was let go this offseason because of his connection to the allegations.
Ole Miss was charged with about 30 NCAA violations across football, women’s basketball and track and field in January. The school and any parties named in the allegations had 90 days to respond. That deadline has now been extended another 30 days.
Following the response, a hearing date will be set for the school to argue its case in front of the Committee on Infractions. The committee will then hand down its ruling about six weeks after the hearing.