The Rebels specifically addressed eight new charges added to the NOA originally released in 2016, including six new Level I violations, considered the most severe in nature. Ole Miss was hit with the dreaded lack of institutional control, as well as failure to monitor for head coach Hugh Freeze, each of which Ole Miss, as expected and now confirmed in its response, will contest.
In total, Ole Miss faces 21 charges against its football program. Below is Ole Miss’ response in its entirety. The response was submitted to the NCAA some two weeks prior to being made public, so the window for the NCAA’s 60-day response period is already open. Ole Miss is expected to go in front of the Committee on Infractions for a final ruling early in the season, perhaps as early as September.
According to the official NCAA website, the COI is comprised of people from across the country: three university presidents, one conference commissioner, four senior athletic administrators, three university administrators, one professor, two former NCAA coaches and five individuals with formal legal training.