SECCountry: Ole Miss Concludes Its NCAA Committee On Infractions Hearing Regarding 21 Violations

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Ole Miss’ hearing before the Committee on Infractions has come to a close after two days.

The hearing started Monday morning and lasted about nine-and-a-half hours. It resumed on Tuesday morning and lasted until about 6 p.m. ET, according to Antonio Morales of The Clarion-Ledger.

Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork didn’t have anything to say to reporters afterwards.

In February, the NCAA sent the university its second and amended Notice of Allegations, which detailed 21 NCAA violations, eight more than the previous 13 surrounding the football program that were outlined in the first NOA in January 2016. Of the 21 violations, 15 are of the Level I variety.

Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was charged with violating his responsibility legislation, and the university was charged with lack of institutional control. After receiving the NOA, the Rebels self-imposed a one-year postseason ban for the 2017 season.

Freeze’s attorney, W.G. Watkins, didn’t make any statements as the hearings wrapped up, according to Morales.

There are several violations that the Rebels are contesting, the most damaging one being the lack of institutional control charge. Freeze is also defending himself against a failure to monitor. Ole Miss is fighting both.

Another one the school is fighting is the allegation that a booster paid Mississippi State LB Leo Lewis between $13,000 and $15,600. Ole Miss is also pushing back on the allegations related to Rebel Rags.

Parts of at least nine charges are being contested.

This story was originally written by SEC Country’s (Talal Elmasry)It was republished on with permission from Cox Media Group. 
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  1. The University of Mississippi’s “Ole Miss Creed” turns out to be a complete publicity hoax.

    That is disappointing but, sadly, not so surprising.