Ole Miss football will vacate 33 wins over a six-year period as a result of the NCAA’s lengthy investigation into the program.
According to a letter dated Dec. 7, 2018 and released by the university on Monday, the sanctions will affect 14 Southeastern Conference games, including the Rebels’ 23-17 win over then-No. 3 Alabama in 2014, and one bowl game: Ole Miss’ win over Pittsburgh in the 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl.
“It’s the last part of this process,” athletic director Ross Bjork said at an event in Cleveland, Miss. on Monday night, according to Rivals.com. “In a way it’s just a piece of paper because you saw those games.”
The NCAA levied 15 Level I violations against Ole Miss in 2017 and rendered its final decision in November, after the school appealed some of the charges. The investigation largely revolved around the Rebels’ recruiting practices, including instances in which boosters provided impermissible benefits to key recruits.
The NCAA ultimately charged Ole Miss with a lack of institutional control, among other violations, and punished the program with scholarship reductions and a bowl ban for 2018, among other penalties.
The most recent sanctions — the vacated wins — are tied directly to games in which ineligible players participated, including four games in 2010, two in 2011, seven in 2012 and 2013, eight in 2014 and five in 2016. Those results, and related stats, will be docked from Ole Miss’ record books as if the games never occurred.
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