Ole Miss files appeal against NCAA sanctions

Posted on Feb 6 2018 - 6:38pm by DM Staff Report

The waiting game begins again.

After notifying the NCAA of its intent to appeal the Committee on Infractions’ sanctions regarding football violations, Ole Miss officially filed its written appeal on Monday. The announcement follows the NCAA’s acknowledgment of Ole Miss’ intent to file in early January, opening a 30-day window for Athletics Director Ross Bjork and his department to file the paperwork.

Athletics Director Ross Bjork and Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter express their grievances with the additional sanctions laid out by the COI. The NCAA accepted all sanctions Ole Miss imposed on itself and added an additional bowl game ban in 2018. Photo by Billy Schuerman

While unable to provide the committee with any further evidence, Ole Miss is only able to appeal its sanctions. Specifically, the university will challenge the second year of its bowl ban, certain recruiting limitations and the lack of institutional control charge.

The university filed its appeal 66 days after the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions handed down the final penalties Dec. 1. The penalties included 13 scholarship reductions over a four-year period, vacated wins and a fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of Ole Miss’ average football budget over the course of three years, just under $180,000 in total.

Unavailable for further comment Tuesday, Bjork stated the appeal will be released later this week.

The Daily Mississippian filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the appeal Tuesday evening.