Bjork offers more specifics on NCAA Notice of Allegations

By John Davis, Oxford Citizen

Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork issued a second statement on the Notice of Allegations from the NCAA Saturday afternoon.

Saying it was another step in a three-year process, more specific information included the following:

The notice are alleged violations of NCAA bylaws in women’s basketball in 2012; track and field in 2012-13; and in football, with many of the allegations dating back to the former football staff in 2010 and the withholding and reinstatement process around Laremy Tunsil in fall of 2015.

To be clear, the NCAA has only brought allegations, and as part of the NCAA process, the University and others have 90 days to issue a response. We’ve been transparent throughout this process, and it is important to note that most of the football allegations are based upon facts that have been publicly disclosed previously in “self-reports” and reinstatement requests or have been reported publicly in connection with another NCAA case.

Out of fairness to the individuals involved and the integrity of the NCAA process, we will not provide further details or comment until everyone has had an opportunity to review the allegations and respond. Once they do so, we will release the official notice and the university’s response. In all three sports, I am confident in the leadership of our current head coaches and the manner in which they operate their programs.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    i don’t think NCAA allegations are anything new that happens up there at Ole Miss they have been down that road many times before and survived some harmful and some not so harmful. in my thougthy the oner that has suffered is Laremy Tunsil, larry paid a sever price costing himy a year of football where he was destined to be All-American.and as for the women’s basketbal – they should follow that outstanding Ladies soccer group (winner) – so Rebel faithfuls – Keep the faith – just maybe we can once again hear DIXIE from that great Ole miss band – :_)

    • JB

      These 30 NCAA violations appear to be current, once a bad boy always a bad boy. please don;t point your finger at Miss S – you (Ole Miss is the one that the NCAA violations are pointed at – don’t guess we will ever here the Ole Miss band play again Dixie – unless we travel to the farm at parchman

  • Killer_Beeze

    Here’s a post from someone who calls himself “ranchreb”. He’s replying to a State fan.

    (ranchreb use to be the moderator for Ole Miss’ HottyToddyTalk Forum:

    “Those women’s basketball problems occurred 3 years ago and all the coaches were fired. Ole Miss self reported it and deducted two scholarships and reduced recruiting ourselves. We’ve been trying to get the NCAA to give us closure on that for over 2 years but haven’t heard squat from them until now. Why now? The Track problems were reported to the NCAA over a year ago. Why nothing till now? There’s a reason for the timing and the reason is Nick Saban. Ole Miss is battling Bama for 8 recruits. He’s best friends with Mark Emmert. All the football allegations are minor so it will have no effect on Ole Miss kicking State’s ass for many years to come. It may help Bama. Your coach can’t keep a staff and it’s known he was looking to get out of town. That hurts big time in recruiting. Until you take care of your own problems all you can hope for is Ole Miss getting in trouble. You State fans will not admit your own problems.”

    He goes on to add: “Kentucky reported Miss State’s women basketball program for giving a girl a scholarship who made a 12 on her ACT. No word from the NCAA on that yet. Ole Miss assistant coaches helped a girl get in school through academic fraud, same as State. Where’s the fairness?”

  • JB

    :Mississippi has been notified by the NCAA of rules violations involving the football, women’s basketball and track and field programs.

    Some of the allegations regarding the football program date back to previous coach Houston Nutt, but others involve current coach Hugh Freeze’s tenure, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The person said the Ole Miss football program has already taken some steps – like reducing recruiting official visits – to try to mitigate any punishment from the NCAA.

    Yahoo! Sports first reported that Ole Miss was aware of the Notice of Allegations.

    The announcement was not unexpected but comes at a bad time for the football program, which is trying to lock down one of the nation’s most highly regarded recruiting classes before national signing day on Wednesday.

    The class is currently ranked No. 4, according to Rivals.

  • JB

    The AP’s report does not contain many specific
    details, but it does note that the violations range from Level I — the
    most serious — to Level II and Level III. Level 1 very serious violations that cannot be swept under the rug. So for Ole miss it seems to be still under the watchful eyes of NCAA investigation officials.

  • JB

    NCAA Investigations not new at Ole Miss, they have been thru the fire before, IF memory serve me correctly the last time during the Wesley Wall time at ole miss Tommy Tuberville came to the rescue at that time. I feel that Ole Miss is its worse enemy trying for something they aint – i have fell out with Ole Miss lately, a life long fan but have not abandon them entirely.. Once a Rebel always a Rebel. THe old saying “you can take the plow boy out of Mississippi but you cannot take MIssissippi out of the plow boy.” hang in.

  • JB

    Lastest news:Ole Miss AD says NCAA investigation has finished.


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