The NCAA and Committee on Infractions have finally released their death grip on the Ole Miss football program and have given Ross Bjork and the rest of the administration the mandatory 24-hour notice for potential further penalties to be handed down to the program and those involved with the five-year investigation.
The Clarion Ledger’s Antonio Morales was the first to report the notice had been received, now Matt Luke, his staff, the players, recruits, and everyone else in the world will finally know what is going to happen to Ole Miss Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. local time.
The football program is staring down the barrel of 21 overall allegations. 15 of those are Level I violations (they bad). Ole Miss appealed several of these at the Committee on Infractions hearing in Covington, Kentucky back in September. Ole Miss assistants Maurice Harris and Derrick Nix are implicated in the investigation and could receive punishments for their irresponsible behavior (lol). Also implicated is former defensive line coach and now assistant at Florida Atlantic Chris Kiffin. He was also charged with wrongdoing in the aforementioned penalties and could be reprimanded as well.
Last but certainly not least, former head coach Hugh Freeze and former staffer Barney Farrar are most likely going to receive the brunt of the punishment. Both could potentially receive show causes for multiple years.
If you’re one for speculation, you have to think that the NCAA doing this on a Friday, the weekend that Championship Week falls on, has to be a good sign. It usually signals good news is coming when things are released on Friday and it’s also potentially an attempt for them to bury this amongst all the other stuff going on this weekend.
For once in the last five years, Ole Miss is seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s hope it’s because the proverbial rain is gone and not a runaway 18-wheeler barreling towards us to crush us into death penalty oblivion.
What. A. Time.