During the joint investigation with the NCAA into violations committed by the football, women's basketball and track and field programs, Ole Miss spent some $1.5 million on outside legal counsel. Comparatively, the $16,450 in impermissible benefits turned up during the investigation seems pretty paltry. They found no Cam Newton-level pay-for-play agreements, no six-figure dealings through shadowy bag men. They found a bunch of free flights, some nice dinners and a $500 deposit in a hastily-opened Walmart checking account.
But even that $16,450 price tag is a bit high. That's because, as it turns out, the NCAA has no fucking clue how to estimate cost for benefits and services that don't come stamped with a price tag. Some of the benefits are clear-cut: like calling up a hotel and asking how much a room costs for three nights. Others, like getting a lift down the road or crashing at a private residence, required the NCAA to guestimate.
The results were, uh, interesting.
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