Ole Miss’ Written Appeal to the NCAA Released to the Public

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Ross Bjork addresses the media at a press conference announcing the hiring of Matt Luke as head coach. Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Sports

The University of Mississippi’s written appeal to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions was released to the public Wednesday.

The appeal addresses concerns with certain penalties imposed by the NCAA on Dec. 1, 2017. In one example, University officials explain why the COI should reduce the length of the two-year, postseason bowl ban. 

“Did the COI abuse its discretion by imposing a second postseason ban when that penalty is substantially based upon the erroneous application of an aggravating factor (i.e., a ‘culture of non-compliance’ that had ‘continued for decades’) that is not supported by the evidence or precedent?” the appeal reads. “The COI has imposed Level I penalties against an institution in a total of 13 cases. Yet, this is the first and only case in which the COI has imposed a two-year postseason ban against an institution that did not self-impose such a ban … In all other Level I cases decided under the new penalty structure, the COI has imposed no postseason ban at all, or at most, a one-year postseason ban.”  

Ole Miss sent the appeal to the NCAA last week and should receive a response within 30 days.

To read the full appeal, click here.

Adam Brown is the sports editor of HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at adam.brown@hottytoddy.com.

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