One day after Baylor Coach Art Briles was fired in a highly visible college football scandal, it was Ole Miss’ turn. The allegations facing Ole Miss are decidedly less serious, but will likely land the program in hot water with the NCAA.
Today, Ole Miss responded to an NCAA Notice of Allegations that players received improper benefits. They have self imposed a scholarship ban (11 scholarships) from 2015 – 2018. The NCAA has the power to levy additional punishments beyond those that the university has imposed.
Yesterday in The Herd, Colin alluded to an unnamed SEC program that his sources told him had committed significant NCAA Violations. Today he confirmed that program was Ole Miss.
“I said on yesterday’s show. I knew of an SEC school that was cheating like crazy. And what do ya know. Late yesterday afternoon, Ole Miss came out, self imposed scholarship reduction in football. That’s the school I was talking about.”
Ole Miss was highly visible on NFL draft night for all the wrong reasons. Offensive Tackle Laremy Tunsil’s viral gas mask bong surfaced from his hacked Twitter account minutes before the start of the draft.
Tunsil’s Instagram account was also hacked on draft night. Screenshots of a text message conversation between Tunsil and an Ole Miss assistant coach discussing payments of improper benefits to Tunsil were posted on the account, and later removed.
Tunsil admitted in a press conference that he received improper benefits from coaches. Although several of the current NCAA allegations include Tunsil, the university said it is still investigating Tunsil’s draft night revelations.