Here’s another strange twist in the Ole Miss-Mississippi State saga.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported that attorneys representing Ole Miss and its former coaches and officials who have been accused of NCAA violations have asked that two Mississippi State players, linebacker Leo Lewis and defensive lineman Kobe Jones, be required to be present during the Rebels’ infractions hearing this summer.
Schlabach reports that it’s “unclear whether the players have received a notice to appear at the hearing.” The hearing likely will happen in late August or early September, per Schlabach.
Earlier, Ole Miss lawyers were denied a request to interview the ex-Rebels recruits about allegations they made during the NCAA’s investigation of Ole Miss. NCAA investigators granted Jones and Lewis partial immunity before they were eventually interviewed.
Lewis alleged that an unnamed booster provided him with $13,000 to $15,000 to sign with Ole Miss, per Schlabach. Lewis made allegations of receiving free transportation, lodging and food, among other things.
Ole Miss is facing 21 rules violations, including 15 Level I violations. The Rebels has been accused of a lack of institutional control. Ole Miss also is facing a self-imposed bowl ban for the coming season.