"Today is a sad day for the entire Ole Miss family", Chancellor Jeffery Vitter said. It is estimated that could cost them almost $8 million per year over the two-year bowl ban period.
"The panel noted that the case was the result of a culture at the university where rules violations were acceptable in the football program and reminiscent of similar Ole Miss infractions cases in the past".
"Reaction so far we have seen for Ole Miss fans is that it's been worse than it actually seems because the details have been so confusing for fans", said Ole Miss Student Collin Ribera.
They will have an addition one year bowl ban, in addition to the self-imposed one they are now serving, meaning no bowl games until 2019. "So the way the fans are reacting as of right now they think this is way out of proportion".
The NCAA laid down harsh penalties against the University of MS on Friday, including scholarship reductions and a postseason ban, as part of the investigation into a series of recruiting violations committed by the football program. Many are concerned that if they don't have a good quality team on the field, ultimately their fan base could also drop off.
The Rebels will also be on probation for three more years through November 30, 2020 and must pay a financial penalty of about $179,000.
The university says it will "vigorously appeal" the 2018 postseason ban, calling it "excessive", in part because the school self-imposed a postseason ban for 2017. The NCAA noted that former head coach Hugh Freeze "acknowledged that upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program".
New Rebels coach Matt Luke, who had been an assistant on Freeze's staff, was not named in the NCAA report and thus did not get a show-cause penalty. He must not hold any athletically related duties during this time.
Several former Ole Miss assistants and staff members received show-cause restrictions, which hinders their ability to work for schools in the NCAA. During this time, he must not participate in off-campus recruiting activities or hosting any meals for prospects or student-athletes.
An 8-year show-cause order for the operations coordinator.