The NCAA’s investigation of Mississippi has expanded. Pat Forde of Yahoo!Sports dropped a story Thursday morning that cites multiple sources saying that investigators have interviewed players at Auburn and Mississippi State who were recruited by Ole Miss.
Y sources: NCAA's long investigation of Ole Miss getting longer as it expands probe to rival SEC schools https://t.co/epYRxwcKjF
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) August 25, 2016
Neither the school nor the NCAA would comment regarding the sources’ revelations.
The players at other schools who were interviewed by the NCAA were granted immunity in exchange for truthful accounts of their recruitment.
The NCAA investigation has been underway for years. The football program’s involvement was originally tied to the recruitment of offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
The NCAA suspended Tunsil seven games last season for receiving impermissible benefits during his recruitment. More possible violations emerged on the night of the NFL Draft when social media posts from Tunsil’s account appeared to implicate Ole Miss athletic department staffers providing Tunsil with money to pay bills.
The NCAA investigation was extended to look into those allegations and could amend its current notice of allegations that was delivered in late January. That notice charged the Ole Miss athletic department with 28 violations, including 13 involving the football program. Nine of the alleged violations came during the tenure of current coach Hugh Freeze.
As the investigation continues, it appears the NCAA’s committee on infractions would hear the Ole Miss case until next year.