Ole Miss to appeal sanctions levied by NCAA

Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter

Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter

Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will be suspended for two conference games during the 2018 season if he's employed as a head coach at another school.

The university's athletic leaders appeared in front of the NCAA committee on infractions in Covington, Kentucky, on September 11-12.

Chris Vaughn: Five years, during which "he must not hold any athletically related duties during this time".

Many suspected Shea Patterson could be on the move following Friday's announced penalties against Ole Miss handed down by the NCAA - which include a bowl ban for 2018 and reduced scholarships in future seasons - now that move is very much in play following news of the quarterback seeking, and receiving, permission to explore his options to transfer from the school.

The university says it will "vigorously appeal" the 2018 postseason ban, calling it "excessive", in part because the school self-imposed a postseason ban for 2017. The school met with the NCAA Committe on Infractions in September, and the school is set to release the official findings at some point this morning.

"Patterson and Ole Miss executed what is termed a "permission to contact" form on Friday, according to those sources". "I want to thank everyone who stood by me, including my family, my friends, and the University of MS".

Freeze, who was sacked in July for issues not related to the NCAA investigation, has received a show-cause penalty, though the length is unknown.

Three years of probation, until November 30, 2020.

A 2-year show-cause order for other involved assistant coach.

Must vacate all regular-season and postseason wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed. The show-cause is directly related to the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations.

Now that Ole Miss has a better idea of its punishment, it can begin the process of rebuilding the program.

That means Ole Miss and Head Coach Matt Luke will be able to offer 81 scholarships in 2018, down four from the allowed total of 85.

They will have an addition one year bowl ban, in addition to the self-imposed one they are now serving, meaning no bowl games until 2019. Freeze resigned before the 2017 season when it was revealed he had made calls to an escort service. The school said the resignation was not in relation to the NCAA case.

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