In December, the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions hit the Ole Miss football program with a multi-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions related to the tenure of former coach Hugh Freeze.
But the Rebels aren’t going down without a fight.
On Tuesday, the Oxford Eagle reported that the school filed an appeal with the NCAA. The Committee now has 30 days to respond.
The charges against Ole Miss include arranging for free merchandise for recruits, from a clothing retailer, as well as arranging cash payments to a recruit. The most serious charge among the NCAA’s 21 allegations is lack of institutional control, which AD Ross Bjork said would be appealed.
The Eagle reports that only findings and penalties may be appealed. The school may not introduce new evidence that wasn’t part of its hearing with the Committee.
The penalties levied against Ole Miss include a two-year bowl ban, 13 scholarship reductions over a four-year period, vacating any wins in which an ineligible player participated, and a six-figure fine.