NCAA Ruling Will Not Cost Additional Scholarships for UM

Nov 23 2017 Starkville MS USA Mississippi Rebels players celebrate after the game against Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

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According to Nola.com, Patterson's release would have restrictions to every SEC school and any Ole Miss regular season opponent the next two years. That makes six scholarships per year for four years.

According to ESPN, the Rebels also received a 13-scholarship reduction, financial penalties, and various coaches and administrators received show-causes for different amounts of time. The length of the penalty varies by coach. That means that any school that wants to hire him must meet with the NCAA infractions committee. The NCAA noted that former head coach Hugh Freeze "acknowledged that upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program". Freeze resigned before the 2017 season when it was revealed he had made calls to an escort service.

An 8-year show-cause order for the operations coordinator. The length of it is not immediately known.

New Rebels coach Matt Luke, who had been an assistant on Freeze's staff, was not named in the NCAA report and thus did not get a show-cause penalty.

A 2-year show-cause order for other involved assistant coach. "They think it was another 2 years added on so a 3-year total bowl ban and that's not the case".

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Of the 21 football allegations, 15 are classified by the NCAA as Level 1 charges - the most serious type. Two staff members also helped arrange fraudulent standardized test scores for three prospects.

NCAA emphasized that the punishments were instated in part because the school failed to control the athletic department.

Godfrey also reports that Dan Mullen spoke with Lewis about his recruitment to both Mississippi Schools in April of 2016, months before he was set to be interviewed by the NCAA.

Ole Miss announced it would appeal the sanctions levied against its football team by the NCAA Friday morning.

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