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Ole Miss won’t be sanctioned for using ineligible player

Hugh Freeze AP

Don’t worry, Ole Miss fans.  Your team’s huge Egg Bowl win is safely sitting in the history books.

A couple of months ago, Ole Miss self-reported the use of an academically ineligible player for six games during the 2012 season.  The player was notified in late August by individuals overseeing the ACT that there were some questions regarding two of his scores; the player, however, failed to notify the school of the potential issue.

Midway through the 2012 season, the ACT cancelled the player’s scores, with the Jackson Clarion-Ledger writing that the player thus became “a nonqualifier and ineligible for competition while potentially exposing Ole Miss to penalties.”

Ole Miss did not become aware of the issue until April of this year and immediately reported it to the SEC.

“The University respectfully submits that this occurrence was isolated and inadvertent, did not result in any recruiting or competitive advantage and is not indicative of any pattern of conduct with any of the University sport programs or the Athletics Department overall,” wrote Matt Ball, senior associate athletics director for compliance, last month in a letter to the SEC detailing the violation.

While the school’s report did not specifically name the player in question, the Clarion-Ledger reported that it was walk-on cornerback Carlos Davis.  While the school avoided punishment — they could’ve been forced to vacate any wins during the six games in which Davis played, including the Mississippi State victory — the player won’t; because of the voided ACT scores, Davis will be forced to sit out six games in 2013 and will be subject to restrictions being placed on practice time.

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23 Responses to “Ole Miss won’t be sanctioned for using ineligible player”
  1. scalpemseminoles says: Jul 10, 2013 6:37 AM

    Where are we on that auburn championship they cheated at?

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 10, 2013 8:27 AM

    “Ole Miss did not become aware of the issue until April of this year and immediately reported it to the SEC.” This is how self-reporting is supposed to work, however the NCAA is subjective and even capricious in their decisions that I am sure Ole Miss was still quite nervous over the situation and are happy this is settled.


    NCAA…have you contributed yet to Nebraska and other public and private research facilities concerning remedies for head injuries? Have the NFL join you. is the condensation of the over 1000 pages of rules and regulations coming?

  3. palmbeachbuckeye says: Jul 10, 2013 8:38 AM

    The SEC gets away with cheating again. Funny that ES(ec)PN hasnt given this one second of air time. Auburn buys a player, South Carolina Arranges for illegal and discounted housing for players, LSU uses a street agent, Bama has players receiving extra benefits from a Men’s Store Owner, and MSU tries to buy a player and now uses and Academically inelligible one and ITS ALL GOOD. I guess the other conferences need to start paying the NCAA monthly in small bills at an undisclosed drop off point like the SEC.

  4. thegamecocker says: Jul 10, 2013 9:39 AM


    First of all, THE University of South Carolina did not arrange for “illegal and discounted housing for players” as you stated. The players did that on there own. Once the Football Staff found out about it, they “SELF REPORTED” it to the NCAA and punishment was handed down. Let’s at least be accurate and up-front about the chronology and facts of the events.
    Your other comment about the SEC paying off the NCAA is interesting. If you can bring forth some evidence to support this allegation, that would really add credibility to your claim. Well, do you have anything to reveal?

  5. rolltide510 says: Jul 10, 2013 10:13 AM

    It must be so terribly frustrating to be a fan on a non-SEC school. Your high-character student-athletes never get in trouble, your coaches never over-sign, you play an exotic out-of-conference schedule, and yet never anything to show for it at the end of the season. I’d probably cry.

  6. ncsportsfan says: Jul 10, 2013 10:17 AM

    SEC! SEC! I mean…$EC! $EC!

  7. 11thstreetmafia says: Jul 10, 2013 10:27 AM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

  8. imaduffer says: Jul 10, 2013 10:28 AM

    I just reported to CFT that sometimes I don’t use spellchecx. But since I “self reported” they let me slide but told me never to do it again.

  9. tigersgeaux says: Jul 10, 2013 11:03 AM

    imaduffer: Did CFT tell you would have to lay out of posting on a future number of stories equal to the number that you did not use spellchecx, oopps I did it too, am I out one story as well?

    rolltide: southernpatriots said before you post with great wit and humor and you did it again. Please keep it up! “I’d probably cry” is just priceless! ha!!!!

    The NCAA enforces what, when, how, and where? It is like a crap shoot, you never know how the dice will fall.

  10. dg0122 says: Jul 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    impropriety in the sec??? unpossible

  11. imaduffer says: Jul 10, 2013 11:12 AM


    I’ll just say this, if it sounds like a duck, it walks like a duck and it looks like a duck, it must be Oregon.

  12. cometkazie says: Jul 10, 2013 12:09 PM

    Remember the magic word to use with trolls:


    Respectfully submitted.

  13. jimbo75025 says: Jul 10, 2013 12:16 PM

    palmbeachbuckeye says:
    Jul 10, 2013 8:38 AM
    The SEC gets away with cheating again.
    The player did not notify the school and as soon as Ole Miss was aware they notified the NCAA. What exactly did you expect, Ole Miss to get the death penalty.

    Mighty big talk anyway for a fan of a team coached by Urbn Meyer. Just give it until the Columbus crime wave backs him into a corner and his achy breaky heart acts up.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 10, 2013 12:36 PM


    Pot… meet kettle.

  15. dcroz says: Jul 10, 2013 12:55 PM


    The NCAA investigated Auburn and could find no proof that they paid for Cam Newton, despite his father admitting that he had shopped him around. They did not punish Auburn because of lack of will, but lack of evidence.

    The deal with Alabama and Tuscaloosa Men’s Store has long been laid to rest, as it was proven that none of Alabama’s players received any benefits from the store that were not available to the general public. The real issue with the store was the owner using the likenesses of the players in his advertising and his refusal to stop despite two cease-and-desist letters from the university, which caused the program to disassociate itself from him.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of your rant…or that you combined Ole Miss and Mississippi State into one school at the end of your laundry list. Education, indeed….

  16. palmbeachbuckeye says: Jul 10, 2013 2:38 PM

    Um…. proven that none of Bama’s players received benefits not available to the general public?? How did Trent Richardson get pulled over in a $40K vehicle?? Does every person near the Bama Campus get one of these??—-nothing-to-see-here.php

  17. palmbeachbuckeye says: Jul 10, 2013 2:44 PM

    And I’m sure all the Bama fans get fitted for suits too….

  18. whosennext says: Jul 10, 2013 3:13 PM

    It’s ok when the big boys cheat but the little sisters of the poor who had them sleeping on the dorm floor was sanctioned because it is an unfair advantage having recruits sleeping in such luxury.

  19. Romulus says: Jul 10, 2013 4:31 PM

    @seminole and buckeye….. Where did auburn cheat??? How did they buy a player. They were proved innocent. Their only fault is bad press after. And a buckeye claiming another school cheating..

  20. thegamecocker says: Jul 10, 2013 5:52 PM


    Everything you state about Auburn is true. But just to add a few more facts: The Pastor Newton was not allowed anywhere near Jordan-Hare Stadium or that football team. Auburn had a bunch of thugs on that team lead not only by Newton, but Fairley as well. Another low-life who should never been allowed on a campus. In addition, shortly after the Newton fiasco, the NCAA instituted a rule that if a player was ever shopped around like Newton was, that player WOULD LOSE HIS ELIGIBILITY!! Furthermore and if I’m not mistaken, Lou Holtzs’ Nat’l. Championship ND squad had a few seedy characters on that roster too. There was one defensive back in particular whose name I slips me at this time but when I remember it I will post it. A dirty SOB if ever there was one.

  21. dcroz says: Jul 10, 2013 8:40 PM


    Richardson purchased the Yukon under a no-payments-for-however-many-months that was available to the general public and was based on his expected future earnings in the NFL.

    The suits to which you refer were rented under the allowance players are given for clothing. Again, nothing improper.

    So tell me again about that little program you apparently cheer for and how upstanding they are to lie directly to the face of the NCAA just to keep some players eligible for a bowl game. You do understand that the NCAA bent over backwards for OSU so far as to practically kiss its own ass by not stripping them of wins in which the otherwise-ineligible players participated and allowing them to serve their suspensions the next year, knowing full well most or all of them would elect to leave school as soon as the Sugar Bowl was over, don’t you? And keep getting your information from sportsbybrooks, a site that makes the National Enquirer look like the New York Times by comparison.

  22. tigersgeaux says: Jul 10, 2013 11:15 PM

    sportsbybrooks?…even I know better than to quote that source…ugh!

    imaduffer: Now that is funny again! I think our Oregon Duck fans who are truly some of the very best fans in college football from the experience I had with some at LSU may not think so, but most are so classy, I think they would even laugh at that one.

    southernpatriots has a petition in to our moderators as well as to NBC to give us a “edit” feature. Maybe if we all send emails to NBC Sprots (spell check where are you?) maybe they will bump the request up some?

  23. normtide says: Jul 11, 2013 12:48 PM

    Rolltide510- That is the best post I have ever read. Bully to you sir.

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