Is Ole Miss Being Investigated by the NCAA?

Published on 13-Aug-2013 by Stacey Mickles

Football - NCAA    NCAA Football Daily Update

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Is Ole Miss Being Investigated by the NCAA?

You knew it was coming.

In fact, most college football experts said so after Ole Miss garnered a top five recruiting class back in January. What was coming was a possible NCAA investigation into recruiting violations for the Rebels of Mississippi.

Many thought it was strange to see a program that finished 7-6 last year have such a high ranked recruiting class, and they may be right. reported that the NCAA has had a little chat with five-star athlete Chris Jones about his recruitment by Ole Miss. Jones later signed with Mississippi State.

Hmmm …

The NCAA wouldn't comment if they were investigating the Rebels.

Having said that, the NCAA, for its part, does not comment on “current, pending, or potential investigations,” according to spokesperson Emily Potter in an email.

Uh-oh. If the NCAA doesn't flat out deny they are investigating your school, it pretty much means they are. It's a tried-and-true method. After all, that's the way it worked during the Spanish Inquisition.

Not good news if you are Ole Miss.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze doesn't seem to be worried that he and his staff have done anything wrong.

“I’m confident in the way that we go about things,” Freeze said. “I’ve said that from Day 1. Whoever their sources are, I’m sure they’ll check them out the same way they have every one. But again, I’m very confident in the way we are going about our business here and the way we want to do it."

Freeze and the Rebels should thank Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M for their troubles, because if it wasn't for them, they'd be on the front page of the sports section and on the front burner of NCAA investigators.