Here’s what Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork had to say about the 1-year postseason ban for women’s basketball self-imposed and announced by the school earlier today. …
We believe that based on what we’ve found so far that the severity of the violations we’ve discovered, as part of the investigation, we felt it was important to do it before we played a game, to show a sign that we’re committed to the process and the integrity.
It’s a standard self-imposed. We had arguments on both sides, but it was important that we made the statement that postseason was a part of our self-imposed sanctions.
You said there will be more self-imposed penalties?
That will be the extent of our self-imposed ban on postseason. We are going through the process of identifying what else can be done … recruiting restrictions, looking at scholarship numbers. That’s what we’re looking at right now. We haven’t finalized that just yet.
In terms of what the NCAA can hand down, that’s all unknown. We don’t know that, but we feel that we’re taking the necessary steps to self-impose at a pretty serious level.
Out in front?We don’t really know. We felt this was right for us, and we don’t know what they’re going to say about it. That’s a separate process.
When did you tell the players?
We met with them earlier in the week and told them this was a necessary step. It’s not their fault, but to try and shorten the window on everything it was necessary to do it now before they played their first regular season game.