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NCAA hands probation to Ole Miss women's basketball, track and field

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Ole Miss faces a three-year probation period for their women’s basketball and track programs.

NCAA announced that it found a former Ole Miss women’s basketball assistant coach, former director of basketball operations, and two women’s basketball players committed academic fraud to stay enrolled at the school.

The investigation found that the former assistant coach paid for one student-athlete to enroll in two summer online classes. She also told another to enroll in three online courses at three different school. NCAA said the coach and former director of operations then completed all of the coursework for the three online courses and the majority of the work for the other student.

NCAA said the former coach and director of operations got acquaintances to pose as a proctor for a student-athlete’s exam.

The student later admitted to not taking the exam at all but received a grade.

During the investigation, Ole Miss found emails from the former director of operations and assistant coach that included completed coursework; as the school investigated, the emails began disappearing.

NCAA said the former women’s basketball head coach failed to monitor these actions between staff and athletes.

In addition, NCAA said a former assistant coach and former head coach for women’s track provided false information during the investigation into impermissible recruiting tryouts and contacts.

NCAA said two former assistant track coaches illegally contacted student-athletes at their previous schools. One of the schools informed the former head coach about these actions, but the head coach did not report this to the university.

In addition, one of the two former assistant coaches arranged for 20 women’s track and cross country prospects to attend team practices during paid visits—this is not allowed by NCAA rules.

Thus, each program will face a three-year probation. During this time, the programs must apply to a show-cause order for a number of people.

At the time of the investigation, Ole Miss self-imposed penalties to both programs.

The women’s basketball program reduced scholarships and official visits, and a one-year postseason ban.

The women’s track and field reduced official visits and recruiting-person days.

In order to separate these violations from the investigation into the football program, NCAA chose to pursue the cases individually. Their review of Ole Miss football has not been completed, and no ruling will be made on that until it is done.

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