Those famous words we all know and hate: “Lacked institutional control”.
Ole Miss has been given some huge penalties by the NCAA, and although they will be officially announced later today, reports from SBNation and ESPN note that the school will receive three years probation, a two-year total bowl ban (one additional year from what has already been self-imposed), and see a reduction of 13 additional scholarships over three years on top of the 11 over four years that Ole Miss self-imposed. The school will also be fined, and the amount is not yet known.
— NCAA (@NCAA) December 1, 2017
The additional bowl ban means that players currently with the program have the ability to transfer to other FBS institutions without sitting out a year as generally mandated by the NCAA, so Ole Miss could lose a lot more than just a few scholarships.
This comes after a lengthy investigation by the NCAA spanning nearly a decade, and started with women’s track, basketball and academic issues relating to the Houston Nutt era football program (2008-11). The program self-imposed scholarship restrictions and a one-year bowl ban in 2017 as a result of that investigation, hoping to avoid further penalties.
Unfortuantely for the Rebels, when the video came out of Laremy Tunsil on NFL Draft night smoking through a gas mask, as well as the post-draft admission that he took money from Ole Miss coaches, the NCAA came back, with force, and ultimately led to the severe penalties.
What do you think? Are these penalties severe enough for Ole Miss? Who will be the next schools to fall? Let us know what you think in the comments below.