Ole Miss announced it would appeal the sanctions levied against its football team by the NCAA Friday morning.
NCAA gave the Rebels a bowl ban for 2018 (the school self-imposed a ban for 2017), vacated all wins that any ineligible student-athlete participated in, and placed the school on probation for three years.
"Today is a sad day for the entire Ole Miss family," Chancellor Jeffery Vitter said.
According to ESPN, the Rebels also received a 13-scholarship reduction, financial penalties, and various coaches and administrators received show-causes for different amounts of time. A show-cause on an NCAA coach means the coach does not escape the penalties by leaving the school where the penalties took place.
Former head coach Hugh Freeze did not receive a show cause. Instead he was given a 2-game conference suspension for the 2018 season if he's hired before November 30, 2018.
"I think it's being a little harsh, we already imposed a one year bowl ban and lost the scholarships, so it really hurts the program and the school," Ole Miss junior Kevin Ryan said.
"We are deeply disappointed and angered by the additional penalty of the 2018 post season ban, it is simply not warranted," Athletic Director Ross Bjork.
Below is a full list of the penalties levied against Ole Miss (provided by ESPN):
Ole Miss seniors will be allowed to transfer to another school without facing any penalties.
NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osborne confirmed to ESPN that Ole Miss seniors will be allowed to transfer without penalty because of the postseason ban for 2018. According to NCAA rules, "It is not necessary for an institution to obtain permission in writing... https://t.co/qNkjnxLCXd— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 1, 2017
NCAA emphasized that the punishments were instated in part because the school failed to control the athletic department. The organization noted it was the third time in three decades that the athletic department and boosters were accused of breaking the rules.
The panel noted that the case was the result of a culture at the university where rules violations were acceptable in the football program and reminiscent of similar Ole Miss infractions cases in the past. pic.twitter.com/gOmg6QiSwr— NCAA (@NCAA) December 1, 2017
Ole Miss said it would appeal the NCAA's ruling, specifically citing the 2018 bowl ban as an excessive penalty.
"While we continue to review the full report, we will vigorously appeal the 2018 postseason ban. The additional postseason ban is excessive and does not take into account the corrective actions that we have made in personnel, structure, policies and processes to address the issues," the school said in a statement.
The Rebels faced a total of 15 Level 1 violations, including lack of institutional control, for violations that happened while Hugh Freeze was the head coach of the football team
Freeze resigned before this year's football season kicked off. His interim replacement, Matt Luke, has since been hired as the team's head coach.
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