Ole Miss has publically released the names of 12 of the boosters named in the NCAA’s notice of allegations. The previously redacted names have now been made public because the University believed that public interest was “best served” by doing so. The names of the student athletes are still redacted. Boosters 12 and 14 have yet to be named.
“The University of Mississippi’s position is that the public interest is best served by releasing the names of boosters appearing in the 2016 and 2017 Notice of Allegations (“NOA”) and UM’s Response to the NOAs. Consistent with this position, today UM planned on publicly releasing these documents in accordance with the Mississippi Ethic Commission’s (“MEC”) Final Order.”
The University has disassociated every booster involved in violations (Allegations No. 5, 11, 15, 16, 18 and 19). For boosters who acted intentionally or whose accounts were not credible, that dissociation includes an unprecedented prohibition from attending University home athletics events and a restriction on entering all athletic facilities (Allegations No. 5, 11, 15, 16, 18 and 19)
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Names included in the report are Darel Thigpen, Walter Hughes, Rebel Rags/Terry Warren, Robert Dunlap, Chan Patel, Barney Farrar, Arya Keyes, Lee Harris/Funkys, Michael Strojny, Cannon Motors/Michael Joe Cannon, Carla Belk
Chan Patel – a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, provided impermissible extra benefits in the form of free lodging in Oxford, Mississippi, to football student-athlete [Student-Athlete 1’s] mother, [Family Member 2] ([Family Member 2]), and her then boyfriend, [Family Member 1]. The total monetary value of the extra benefits was approximately $2,253.
Darel Thigpen – a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, to provide impermissible recruiting inducements in the form of housing, meals and/or transportation to five then football prospective student-athletes.
Walter Hughes – a representative of the University’s athletics interests. The University discovered both of these issues as part of an 5 independent review of potential recruiting violations in early 2013. The University investigated and then reported the issues to the enforcement staff when it found sufficient evidence to believe that violations had occurred.
Terry Warren/Rebel Rags – It is alleged that the store gave free merchandise to recruits, and Lindsey Miller. The owner has filed a lawsuit against the three individuals who made this claim.
Lee Harris/Funkys – It is alleged that between March 28, 2014, and January 25, 2015, Lee Harris (L. Harris), a representative of the institution’s athletics interests,52 provided between $200 and $600 in impermissible recruiting inducements in the form of cash payments and free food and drinks to then football prospective student-athlete [Student-Athlete 39] and [Student-Athlete 39’s] friends and family. Specifically, on two or three occasions in conjunction with recruit visits to the institution, L. Harris provided [StudentAthlete 39] with cash payments of between $100 and $200, as well as provided free food and drinks to [Student-Athlete 39], his friends and family.
Barney Farrar – Based upon credible, corroborated witness testimony and other objective evidence, the University has concluded that former off-field staff member Barney Farrar committed significant violations during his recruitment of [Student-Athlete 39] (Allegations Nos. 14(a)-(d) and (h)-(i), 16(a),
Cannon Motors/Michael Joe Cannon – It is alleged that between August 2014 and August 2015, Cannon Motor Company (Cannon Motors), a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, provided football student-athletes [Student-Athlete 1] and [Student-Athlete 2] with impermissible extra benefits in the form of complimentary vehicle use.
Michael Strojny – It is alleged that on or around August 22, 2014, Michael Strojny, a then representative of the institution’s athletics interests, provided an impermissible extra benefit in the form of $800 cash to [Family Member 1], then stepfather of then football student-athlete [Student-Athlete 1]
Carla Belk – representative of the institution’s athletics interests, provided [Student-Athlete 5] with one-way transportation from Oxford to [Location 5]. The monetary value of this transportation was approximately $13. [NCAA Bylaws 13.01.4, 126.96.36.199 and 13.2.1 (2012-13)
All information courtesty of 2017/2016 NOAs
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