The Rebels were just hit with an extra bowl ban season and additional NCAA sanctions, and seniors can now being able to transfer without penalty.
Three years of probation from December 1, 2017, to November 30, 2020.
Ole Miss will be on probation for three years, and will vacate the records of all wins in which ineligible student-athletes participated. "The additional postseason ban is excessive and does not take into account the corrective actions that we have made in personnel, structure, policies and processes to address the issues", the school said in a statement. You can read the full letter here.
"The University of MS lacked institutional control and fostered an unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel".
Six football staff members and 12 boosters were involved in the violations, which included providing $37,000 to prospects through cash payments, use of automobiles, lodging, transportation, meals and apparel. Some of them are more significant than others, ranging from former staffers allegedly fixing ACT scores to get recruits qualified for the football team to recruits allegedly hunting on boosters' private land.
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But that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting. Current interim manager David Unsworth will resume his role as Everton's under-23 coach.
The university's athletic leaders appeared in front of the NCAA committee on infractions in Covington, Kentucky, on September 11-12. The restrictions can't block a player from transferring, but it keeps the player from being on scholarship at the new school the first year.
The penalties are a result of a five-year investigation into the athletic program at Ole Miss, which was led by Hugh Freeze, who resigned before the season.
According to ESPN, the Rebels also received a 13-scholarship reduction, financial penalties, and various coaches and administrators received show-causes for different amounts of time.
The source told The Spirit the move is meant to allow Patterson to explore options and that does not mean he is committed to leaving Ole Miss.