13 September, 2017
Posted: Sep. 11, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.
According to reports from the Clarion-Ledger's Antonio Morales, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions hearing regarding the investigation into the football program at Ole Miss is finished.
In February, the NCAA sent the university its second and amended Notice of Allegations, which detailed 21 NCAA violations, eight more than the previous 13 surrounding the football program that were outlined in the first NOA in January 2016. The charges in the wide-ranging case involve academic, recruiting and booster misconduct. The NCAA has set aside up to three days for the case.
When Ole Miss received its Notice of Allegations in February, it announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban and forfeited almost $8 million in postseason revenue. The NCAA could accept the Rebels' self-imposed penalties or add to them when it reaches a decision, which could be several weeks to months after the hearing ends.
Ole Miss lawyers are defending former head football coach Hugh Freeze, even though he was asked to resign earlier this year. Ole Miss is fighting both.
There are several violations that the Rebels are contesting, the most damaging one being the lack of institutional control charge. Also, Lewis also alleged that Farrar and Kiffin arranged for Lewis, his MSU teammate Kobe Jones, and Lindsey Miller, Laremy Tunsil's estranged stepdad, to receive about $2,800 in free merchandise from Rebel Rags. Instead, the school cited a "pattern of personal misconduct" after an investigation into Freeze's phone records. He is tied to five violations, a majority deemed Level I.