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Ole Miss responds to NCAA violations

Source: University of Mississippi Source: University of Mississippi

The Ole Miss athletic department has released a detailed list of NCAA sanctions against the program. 

The university was given 90 days to respond to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations. The notice was issued on January 22, 2016.

The school's response, which included a 52-page document with redacted names of athletes, says that assistant coaches
for the football, women's basketball and women's track and field programs provided improper benefits
to student athletes.

Click here to read the NCAA's Notice of Allegations.

Most of the violation claims are against the football team. NCAA Investigators said that coaches and assistants organized free cars, paid bills, and arranged for ACT supervisors to complete tests for prospective student athletes.

These allegations go back as far as 2010. 

The University of Mississippi has been cooperating with the NCAA since 2012 regarding these allegations. 

In a letter to fans, Ole Miss officials say that they agree with 27 of the 28 charges. 

"For 27 of the 28 allegations, we agree that a violation of NCAA rules occurred; however, for several of those allegations we do not agree on all of the facts."

They believe that the allegations should be classified differently. 

The document also says women's basketball and track and field coaches arranged to pay for athletes' classes and instructed student athletes to delete text messages and emails that could be considered evidence.

On the night of the 2016 NFL Draft, leaked text messages showed a conversation between football star Laremy Tunsil asking a coach for money to pay his mother's bills. The university confirmed that those messages were real and were being reviewed by the NCAA. 

Officials are asking for a delayed hearing until that review is complete.  

The university has already issued self-imposed penalties that include a post season ban in women's basketball, reduction of football scholarships, reduction of evaluation and visit days for football and track and field, rules education and financial penalties. 

The report will go back to the NCAA's hearing panel, where they will decide what happens next.

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