Thanks, Baylor.

If you figured the release of Ole Miss’ response to an NCAA notice of allegations was being deliberately timed to follow in the wake left behind of the Baylor news means it’s probably not good, hey, give yourself a cigar!

It’s that bad.

The Rebels self-imposed the loss of 11 total scholarships in football over a four-year period from 2016-19, including a reduction of three initial scholarships in each of their next three recruiting classes, which would allow them to sign a maximum of 22 players in each class.

The Rebels also previously self-imposed a ban on unofficial visits from Feb. 21, 2016, to March 31, 2016, a 10 percent reduction in off-campus evaluation days for coaches during the 2015 evaluation period (from 168 days to 151) and a 12.5 percent reduction during the 2016 evaluation period.

Thirteen of the 28 NCAA allegations involve the football program. Eight were Level 1 violations, the most severe — four allegedly during the Hugh Freeze era and four under the previous coaching staff.

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I guess somebody took Hugh up on that tweet.

The worst part of this is that they still haven’t gotten to the Tunsil draft night stuff.

In a letter posted on the university’s website on Friday morning, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork and chancellor Jeffrey Vitter wrote that the school has requested that its case be delayed in light of allegations made by former Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil at last month’s NFL draft in Chicago.

Bjork and Vitter wrote that they’ve asked the NCAA not to require the school to appear in front of the Committee on Infractions this summer so it would have ample time to investigate whether or not Tunsil, a first-round pick by the Miami Dolphins, received improper benefits while playing at Ole Miss.

“On the first day of the 2016 NFL Draft, new information came to light involving a former football student-athlete,” the letter said. “That very night, the University and NCAA began a joint review to determine whether bylaws have been violated, and we hope this review will be concluded soon. To ensure fairness to all parties and pursuant to [Committee on Infractions] procedure, we have asked the COI to remove the hearing from this summer’s docket until this review can be completed and closed.”

“More to come” doesn’t do this justice.  I guess Bjork is hoping there’s another school’s big scandal in the future he can slipstream behind.  Looks like he’ll need it.

14 Comments

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14 responses to “Thanks, Baylor.

  1. I hope the NCAA responds as if Greg McGarrity had submitted these findings…and doubles the penalty out of spite.

    • Bulldog Joe

      Ole Miss fesses up to their cheating and instead McGarity and UGA are trending on twitter, smh.

  2. Argondawg

    Never go on twitter and dare people to find shit out about your program. Not smart.

    • simpl_matter

      It’s like going on 4chan and throwing insults at the wrong people. I don’t care how anonymous you think you are, those people will find your real identity and make your life hell.

  3. Dog in Fla

    Hugh, Bjork and Vitter “have asked the COI to remove the hearing from this summer’s docket until this review can be completed and closed.”

  4. Bulldog Joe

    Still a very small price to pay in return for the flood of donations, facility improvements, and student applications Ole Miss has received over the past four years.

  5. DawgPhan

    you picked a helluva time to go on vacation.

  6. LOL at the no-official-visit periods being right after signing day. How terrible!

    I hope they get buried and take Tennessee with them.

  7. ASEF

    Ole Miss also just burned a lot of media bridges. They used those contacts to make some leaks right before Signing Day, and those leaks proved to be lies. Badly distorted half-truths at best.

    It’s interesting, because the media narrative was shaping up to be, “Kids got stuff, who cares?” Some of them are still in that camp, but….

    Twitter:
    Pat Forde: Remember when people insisted that the Ole Miss violations were all women’s basketball, track and Houston Nutt-era football? Yeah, me too.

    Dan Wolken: Remember when Ole Miss “sources” leaked to friendly reporters right before Signing Day that all this stuff was pre-Freeze? That was ethical.

    Second point: those Tunsil images from Draft Night are smack dab in the middle of an NCAA investigation. If those are authenticated, it’s going to get ugly indeed.

  8. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    “On the first day of the 2016 NFL Draft, new information came to light involving a former football student-athlete,” the letter said.

    Does this guy work for Ol’ Miss?

  9. FarmerDawg

    So did not see this coming 😂you may now return to mediocrity carry-on.