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Ole Miss answers to free profits with a huge shrug



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Ole Miss's football has been almost completely trash for the past six years, at least according to the NCAA's latest useless sanctions. In a protracted disciplinary process against the rebels, the board of college football eventually ruled and the school now has to vacate 33 of the team's victories over the last five dozen seasons. These include the legendary 23-1

7 victory of Ole Miss against Alabama in 2014, in which Rebels fans are known to tear down the goalposts in Vaught Hemingway Stadium and touring in Oxford.

Earlier, the NCAA ruled that Ole Miss 15 named "Level I" violations defined as follows:

Substantial Recruitment, Competition, or Other Benefit [or] Significant Ineligible Benefit

The NCAA Violence Board also noted that the school had no institutional control and "an unqualified culture of booster involvement in recruiting football."

The school already had a postseason ban for the 2017 and 2018 seasons and three years probation (Until 2020) The only part of the puzzle that was missing was giving up victories, most of which was under former head coach Hugh Freeze (who in 2017 called after a bizarre scandal in which he escorts out his old Miss Cell phone The rebels fall to 39-25 after the verdict of Monday on 12-25 The former head coach Houston Nutt, now with CBS Sports as an analyst also acknowledged six victories from the years 2010 and 2011.

The most famous of the unauthorized players who caused these sanctions is Miami Dolphins' current offensive lineman, Laremy Tunsil, from 2013 to 2015. You may recall to Tunsil from the crowded Brouhaha preliminary drafts in which a video was shown of him smoking marijuana from a gas mask.

More relevant to the current situation of the rebels is the fact that Tunsil was arrested in 2015 for domestic violence after being physically confronted with his stepfather Lindsey Miller. It was Miller who later accused Tunsil of violating the rules of the NCAA, leading to an investigation by the NCAA that initiated this disciplinary process. (As Tunsil was suspended for seven games in 2015, no wins will be made this season, meaning Ole Miss will retain the Sugar Bowl trophy this season.)

Winning wins is the NCAA's preferred punishment for them Violations addresses how edgy it really is. No one really takes the profits seriously, as Ole Miss sports director Ross Bjork said at a city hall meeting on Monday night:

This is the last part of this process. In a way, it's just a piece of paper because you've seen these games.

We've seen these games, and there's not a bit of ret-conning that will destroy the euphoria fans at Oxford after beating Nick Saban. And the NCAA can not even get the cleanup right: even though it ended with a 1-5 record after being sanctioned in 2013, Ole Miss will not give up the Music City Bowl win this year, as Tunsil is not in the game Game was.


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