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In response to the NCAA Notice of Allegations, Ole Miss has suspended two unnamed assistants from recruiting.

There is no further information as to the assistants in question who are facing these suspensions. In addition to those moves, Ole Miss has self-imposed a reduction of 11 scholarships, nine of which will be docked from recruiting classes over the next three years. The Rebels are desperately attempting to avoid NCAA sanctions in the face of eight allegations of serious Level 1 violations.
Source: SB Nation
May 27 - 3:03 PM

In response to the NCAA Notice of Allegations, Ole Miss has self-imposed a reduction of 11 scholarships.

The NCAA Notice of Allegations included allegations of recruiting violations and illegal contact from coaches to recruits, with eight of 13 violations levied against the football program considered to be "Level 1" violations -- those being the most serious. In response, Ole Miss is docking itself a total of 11 scholarships, including three initial scholarships for each of the next three recruiting classes. Additional sanctions from the NCAA could be coming down the pike.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 2:11 PM

Ole Miss released the Notice of Allegations from the NCAA and the school's response on Friday.

One day after Baylor draws all of the media attention. USA Today's Dan Wolken summarized the release very well, nothing the allegations including recruiting inducements and illegal contact violations along with eight of the 13 violations aimed at the football program are considered Level 1, which is most serious. All in all there are 28 allegations levied against the school, and while Ole Miss agrees that violations occurred, they feel at least five are unwarranted and should be classified in a different manner. This story is far from over.
Source: Ole Miss
May 27 - 11:15 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang ranked Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly as the No. 10 overall senior prospect in the 2017 class.

"Dismissed by Clemson, Kelly comes with off-field questions," Rang wrote, "but his strong arm and bloodlines (nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly) earns him our top spot among senior QBs." Anybody who has been crunching 2017 mock drafts would not be surprised by Rang's love -- he mocked Kelly to be the No. 2 overall pick and noted that he could "soar up draft boards with a big 2016 season."
Source: CBS Sports
May 19 - 3:40 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Ole Miss junior edge rusher Marquis Haynes No. 23 overall.

"He can get to the passer, but the question is whether he can add some size to that 6-foot-3 frame so that he can hold up better against blockers when he's not winning with quickness," Kiper wrote. Haynes has accrued 17.5 sacks across his first two seasons. In addition to bulk, Haynes' technique could use some work. The tools are exceptional.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 4:22 PM

Ole Miss redshirt freshman WR Van Jefferson earned the team's "Eli Manning Award" this spring.

The Eli Manning Award (it is as weird for us to type that as it is for you to read it) is given to the player who showed the most offensive improvements during workouts. HC Hugh Freeze said of the 6-foot-2, 181-pounder, "Van is wired a little differently. He really understands what to do with the time he has and work. He really stood out." Jefferson was a consensus four-star recruit, with Rivals naming him the No. 13 receiving recruit for the 2015 cycle. The Rebs lost Laquon Treadwell and Cody Core to the draft, opening up plenty of chances for Jefferson to profit in what should be a high-scoring attack this autumn.
May 15 - 2:08 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang pegged Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly as the No. 2 overall pick in an early 2017 mock draft.

Rang ran his mock order using Vegas Super Bowl odds for the coming season. That No. 2 pick where he slots Kelly would belong to the 49ers using the Vegas metric. "Kelly -- the nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and not related to 49ers coach Chip Kelly -- possesses the arm and athleticism to be an ideal match in Chip's offense," the analyst wrote. "He comes with questions on and off the field, but he is an undeniable talent that could soar up draft boards with a big 2016 season." The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is one of just three gunslingers Rang sees coming off the board in round one, at least at this juncture. The other two gentlemen in question are Clemson's Deshaun Watson (whom he slots to the Browns at No. 1) and Miami's Brad Kaaya (whom he slots to the Vikings at No. 23). This is all tentative and will undoubtedly shift over the coming months.
Source: CBS Sports
May 14 - 2:54 PM

Former Syracuse freshman DE Qaadir Sheppard will transfer to Ole Miss.

Sheppard announced his transfer destination on Friday via an Instagram post. The 6-foot-3, 233-pound freshman was suspended from Syracuse for the final three games in 2015 due to a reported pair of failed drug tests and was subsequently dismissed in February. He visited Ole Miss in early March. With the transfer, he will have to sit out the 2016 campaign. Last season, he accumulated minimal statistical production over his nine games, registering a singular tackle and singular interception.
May 14 - 2:22 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff deemed Ole Miss redshirt senior OL Robert Conyers to be the team's most versatile player.

"The Rebels might be rebuilding along the offensive line, but with Conyers," Aschoff wrote, "they have someone they can move around. He provides the flexibility because he can play both center and tackle effectively. Conyers could even play guard if need be." The 6-foot-3, 287-pounder started the first five games of 2015 at center before a torn ACL suffered in a loss to Memphis cut short his season. Assuming no health setbacks, Aschoff believes that "Conyers will be able to help this staff mix and match more during the preseason to find the right combination."
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 1:39 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly is "a guy you want on your team."

Reuter called Kelly "a fiery competitor with plenty of arm strength." The 6-foot-1, 210-pound gunslinger wasn't quite able to crack Reuter's "Elite" or "Potential for Greatness" quarterbacking tiers, but joined Iowa's C.J. Beathard, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Houston's Greg Ward Jr. in the analyst's "Worth the price of admission" tier. Kelly toyed with the idea of entering the 2016 draft, but eventually opted to return to the Rebels for another year in the oven before he tries for the NFL. Last season, he threw for 4,042 yards with a 31/13 TD/INT ratio. We think his decision to return to school should help his draft stock unless he shows major signs of regression.
Source: NFL.com
May 13 - 9:50 PM

Per a report from Outside the Lines, Ole Miss officials have determined that alleged texts sent from former T Laremy Tunsil to a coach asking for money are genuine.

Texts attributed to Tunsil were posted on his Instagram the night of the draft. The texts in question saw the star lineman asking assistant AD John Miller for financial assistance. While the university looks to have confirmed their authenticity -- Tunsil, himself, has already admitted to taking money -- they are still investigating whether the texts were altered in any way. In very related Tunsil weirdness, HC Hugh Freeze's lawyers have asked for a seal on any testimony the coach gives in a lawsuit being levied against Tunsil by his stepfather, Lindsey Miller.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 3:26 PM

The lawyers of Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze have petitioned for restrictions to be placed on any testimony given by the coach in a lawsuit involving former T Laremy Tunsil.

And with that, Ole Miss truther ears just perked up. Tunsil is being sued by his stepfather, Lindsey Miller, whose lawyers believe that testimony by Freeze could be pivotal in the case. Freeze's representation is fighting this. Daniel Paulling of the Clarion-Ledger wrote that the head coach's attorneys "have asked that the deposition be conducted through written questions, would only relate to Freeze’s conversations with Tunsil regarding an altercation between Tunsil and Miller last summer, would only have parties and counsel related to the case in attendance and would be sealed pending court order." Given the NCAA investigation into Ole Miss, that last point regarding a seal on the testimony is interesting, to say the least.
May 12 - 12:59 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared four-star Ole Miss DE commitment Bryan Jones to Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper.

"The new Ole Miss commit is little bigger at the same stage and could end up a little bigger overall," Haubert wrote, "but Tapper filled out during his career and became a versatile player who continued to improve each season and we could see Jones having a similar trajectory and success." The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Jones envisions himself in the mold of now-former Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche. Per Haubert, he will need to "improve the usage of his hands and be sure to have a plan" against the pass. The analyst also referred to him as a "rangy run-defender." ESPN 300 tags him as their No. 163 overall recruit for the 2017 cycle.
May 11 - 12:01 AM

Ole Miss senior S Tony Conner would have considered declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft had he not torn his meniscus last September.

"I never had it in my mind to leave early, but it depended on how my season would’ve went," Conner said. You can forgive the jag of wistfulness after Conner recently watched former teammates -- and fellow 2013 mega-recruits -- Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche were all chosen in Rd. 1 of last month's draft, giving Ole Miss a school-record three first-rounders. Back in 2013, when each signed with the Rebels, Nkemdiche was ESPN's No. 1 recruit. Tunsil was No. 5, Treadwell was No. 19 and Conner was No. 24. Conner may have been drafted last weekend had he not torn his meniscus last September. Between 2013-2014, he posted 135 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 11:14 PM

Ole Miss will be the only team to face two preseason top-25 outfits (in terms of FPI) on the road in 2016.

The two games in question will come against Florida State on September 5 and LSU on October 22. Not only do the Rebs face a loaded Seminole team in their opener, they will have the joy of hosting Alabama just two weeks later. ESPN's Sharon Katz ranks their as the second-toughest schedule in 2016, trailing only the hapless USC Trojans.
May 9 - 4:20 PM


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