This past Friday the Committee On Infractions handed down sanctions against the Ole Miss football program. What’s next for the Ole Miss Rebels?
Beginning in late July, until this past Friday it has been a rollercoaster ride for Ole Miss football. Of course, every person who has had any emotional attachment to the University of Mississippi has had it pretty bad. However, this past Friday wasn’t really any better as the NCAA doled out their sanctions against Ole Miss.
We all have our own opinions about the COI’s ruling and the sanctions. With the exception of the bowl ban for 2018, we really got nothing more than what we had self-imposed. In my humble opinion it could have certainly been much worse for the school and should have been much worse for the former coaches involved. Most of us feel as though the NCAA had rather punish the players.
The important thing is Friday has now come and gone and the sun still came up. There is no huge hammer and certainly no death penalty. Of course, AD Ross Bjork and Chancellor Jeff Vitter have assured us they are going ‘vigorously fight’ the 2018 postseason ban. They absolutely should. I just hope they follow through with their promises.
Beyond that aspect, Ole Miss football fans were able to breathe a unified sigh of relief. Of course, now we know our plight and Ole Miss football is no longer under the cloud of uncertainty. Now Ole Miss football can move forward and get to work. It should be business as usual for head coach Matt Luke as he goes forward. Let’s look at what’s next for Ole Miss football going forward.