Ole Miss football has been a force in recent years, with a Sugar Bowl and a pair of Cotton Bowl wins since 2008. But violations of NCAA rules could have the Rebels on the outside looking in when it comes to postseason play.
The Mississippi football program was cited for 13 rules violations this week. Several of the violations involve the NCAA's "bump rule," which states that school officials cannot come in contact with a recruit during "designated non-contact evaluation periods." The rule also frowns upon boosters transporting recruits to campus and certain forms of lodging.
Ole Miss' violations do not appear to be on the same level as Ohio State's from earlier this decade, which resulted in a postseason ban. One of the more severe charges against the Buckeyes involved a "failure to monitor charge involving a booster who gave players cash for appearances. Florida did not receive a postseason ban for a bump rule violation, but it did lead to the resignation of former wide receivers coach Joker Phillips in 2014.
The penalty for Ole Miss will likely involve a probation period and loss of scholarships.