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Ole Miss Responds To Vacated Wins With A Giant Shrug



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Ole Miss football has been full garbage for most of the last six years, at least according to the latest, unnecessary sanctions of the NCAA. The governing body of College College eventually issued a ruling in a long disciplinary trial against the rebels, and the school must now release 33 of the team's victories in the last half-dozen seasons. This includes the iconic 27-1

7 victory of Ole Miss on Alabama in 2014, which saw Rebels fans tearing down the posts at the Vaught-Hemingway stadium and touring Oxford.

Previously, the NCAA had ruled that Ole Miss had committed 15 so-called "Level I" violations, which it defines as follows:

Substantial recruitment, competitive advantage or other benefit [or] substantial ineligible

] The NCAA panel on infringements also established that the school had no institutional control and created "an unrestricted culture of involving the recalls in football recruitment."

The school had already received a postseason ban for the 2017 seasons and 2018, in addition to three years of probation (ending in 2020). The only piece of the puzzle that was missing was the release of winnings, most of which fell under former head coach Hugh Freeze (who resigned in 2017 after a bizarre scandal that involved him in calling his phone Ole Miss), whose record with the rebel I dropped from 39-25 to 12-25 after Monday's sentence. Former coach Houston Nutt, now with CBS Sports as an analyst, has also left six wins in 2010 and 2011.

The most notorious of the ineligible players who caused these penalties is the current Miami Dolphins offensive lancer Laremy Tunsil, who played at the school from 2013 to 2015. She remembers Tunsil from the overcrowded brouhaha surrounding a video 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 in a charge of domestic violence, after having had a physical confrontation with his stepfather, Lindsey Miller. It was Miller who later accused Tunsil of violations of the NCAA rules, leading to the NCAA investigation that initiated this disciplinary process. (Since Tunsil has been suspended for seven games in 2015, no victory of that season will be released, which means that Ole Miss maintains the Sugar Bowl trophy of that season.)

Vacant victories are the NCAA's favorite punishment for these violations, which speaks of how much is really toothless. No one actually takes the empty wins, as Ole Miss Ross Bjork's athletic director said at a Monday night town hall meeting:

It's the last part of this process. In a sense, it's just a piece of paper, because you've seen those games.

We've seen those games, and no amount of ret-conning will take out fans of euphoria at Oxford after beating Nick Saban. And the NCAA can not even win the vacancies: although technically ended with a record of 1-5 in 2013 after the sanctions, Ole Miss will not leave the victory of Music City Bowl from that & # 39; year, as Tunsil did not play in the game.


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