NCAA overturns major recruiting sanction on Ole Miss

The NCAA accepted Ole Miss’ appeal of how many unofficial visitors the Rebels can accept, though the committee did not overturn Ole Miss’ 2018 bowl ban, the university announced Thursday.

ANNOUNCEMENT | The NCAA Appeals Committee has overturned the recruiting sanctions against the university and closes the NCAA case. Letter from university leadership:

“Today, the NCAA released the Infractions Appeals Committee (IAC) decision, bringing the nearly six-year process to an end,” the university said in a press release. “With the freedom to recruit and promote all that the University of Mississippi has to offer, Coach [Matt] Luke and his staff will keep building on the momentum we have in our program.”

Ole Miss will be eligible to return to postseason play for the 2019 season and no restrictions on number of football recruits will be in place moving forward. 

The university had been restricted to just one unofficial visit per prospect per academic year for the duration of Ole Miss’ probation, which was slated to end on Nov. 30, 2020. 

“As leaders at the University of Mississippi, we are sorry for what the Ole Miss family has endured throughout this long, arduous process,” chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and athletics director Ross Bjork wrote in a joint statement. “As the state’s flagship university, our resolve has been tested many times in our history, and we have prevailed by staying true to our core values combined with the amazing support of the Ole Miss family. This challenge will not define us, and we will be stronger because of it.”

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The initial punishment from the NCAA against Ole Miss was put into place on Dec. 1, 2017, and the Rebels’ athletic department officially filed its written appeal on Feb. 5, 2018. The case was considered by the Infractions Appeals Committee on July 18, 2018, according to Mississippi Clarion Ledger.  

The Rebels return to action on Saturday with a home game against South Carolina. 

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