And so much for anonymous charitable contributions:
Ole Miss has been ordered to release copies of its notice of allegations and amended notice of allegations without the booster names redacted after the Mississippi Ethics Commission delivered its final order on the matter Friday.
Per a copy of the final order obtained by The Clarion-Ledger, Chris Graham, the ethics commission’s hearing officer, ordered the university to “produce a copy of the notice of allegations and amended notice of allegations redacted as necessary to fully comply with federal education privacy laws or any other statutes or case law, but that any booster names shall not be redacted solely due to right of privacy.”
Man, you’re an Ole Miss booster, you’ve worked tirelessly to make sure that young men are properly compensated as they try to better themselves through the college experience and you’re selfless enough that you don’t want any credit for it — okay, you don’t want any public credit for it — and this is the thanks you get? Who are the jerks that won’t let you stay in the background, anyway?
Meet the Mississippi versions of Pork Rind Jimmy.
The final order was spurred by consolidated public records complaints from Steve Robertson, a Mississippi State beat writer for Gene’s Page, and James Hendrix, who manages the Jackson Jambalaya blog.
The university did not intend to release boosters’ names in its 2016 notice of allegations, which it received in January of that year. Ole Miss cited privacy laws as its reason for redaction.
I sure hope they make a movie out of this one day. It would make a fabulous bookend with Hugh Freeze’s other memorable movie moment, The Blind Side.