Ole Miss Football Reportedly Cited for Multiple Violations by NCAA

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2016

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 06: A helment of the Ole Miss Rebels sits on the sideline during a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at L.P.Field on September 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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The NCAA charged Ole Miss with a slew of rules violations on Jan. 29, per Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde, and a new report from the Associated Press' David Brandt on Tuesday shed light on the distribution and severity of the infractions. 

Citing an anonymous source, Brandt reported the football team committed 13 of the 28 violations, with nine of them coming since the Rebels hired head coach Hugh Freeze prior to the 2012 season.

However, sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy that the only violations committed during Freeze's time with the program were "low-level" in nature.

Furthermore, ESPN.com's Chris Low reported "Freeze was not personally named in any of the charges," and only four of the 13 violations involve current members of the coaching staff.

Those infractions have since been self-reported and were reportedly a product of coaches violating terms of the "bump rule," which states "coaches can't have contact with a recruit during a designated non-contact evaluation period," according to the ESPN report. 

ESPN's findings also mentioned five of the violations centered around prized recruit and top-tier NFL draft prospect Laremy Tunsil, who received improper benefits and was subsequently suspended seven games last season as a result of the NCAA's findings. 

The other four violations reportedly occurred during Houston Nutt's time as head coach, with assistant David Saunders the focus of those transgressions.  

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"We're not going to run away from anything," Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said, according to the ESPN.com report. "I know what we stand for, what we do and the integrity in this room."

Ole Miss' infractions also reportedly involve the track and field and women's basketball teams.

According to Brandt, the school previously imposed a one-year postseason ban on its women's basketball team after discovering former head coach Adrian Wiggins and two of his assistants were involved in recruiting and academic misconduct. 

Ole Miss reportedly has 90 days to respond to the new allegations.