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2017 Schedule
6-6, 6th in SEC - West

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

With the latest wave of coaching changes complete in the SEC, that means the rest of the league has now had 43 different head coaches since Nick Saban was hired at Alabama in 2007. All but Georgia, LSU, Missouri and South Carolina have had three different head coaches since Saban arrived. Arkansas and Tennessee lead the way, each with five different head coaches.

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8dEdward Aschoff

Source: Ole Miss QB Patterson could transfer

Ole Miss' former starting quarterback Shea Patterson has been given permission to speak with other schools, opening the doors for him to transfer, a source tells ESPN.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Can confirm reports that Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson has permission to explore a transfer according to a source. Michigan is a school that was mentioned as a program that would fit Patterson's skill set, but no decisions have been made either way. It is believed that Patterson would like to make a final decision very soon, potentially before the end of the month.

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SEC Coaching Carousel (2:50)

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork said that anyone contacting underclassmen is breaking the rules. "We're tracking it," he said. Rising seniors can be contacted legally, but Bjork said that none of them have be contacted to his knowledge.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork clears up confusion: anyone with multiple years of eligibility remaining would have to file a waiver with the NCAA to transfer and play immediately. "The poaching is already happening," he said of other schools coming after players.

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Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss chancellor Jeffery Vitter addresses the NCAA ruling and says the 2018 postseason ban is unwarranted.

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Ole Miss banned from postseason (1:13)

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osborne confirmed to ESPN that Ole Miss seniors will be allowed to transfer without penalty because of the postseason ban for 2018. According to NCAA rules, "It is not necessary for an institution to obtain permission in writing to recruit a student-athlete at an institution that has been placed on probation with sanctions that preclude it from competing in postseason competition during the remaining seasons of the student-athlete's eligibility. However, the student-athlete's institution must be notified of the recruitment and may establish reasonable restrictions related to the contact (e.g., no visits during class time), provided such restrictions do not preclude the opportunity for the student-athlete to discuss transfer possibilities with the other institution."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze received a one-year show cause and two-game suspension from the NCAA, but only for head coaching positions. If he takes a coordinator or assistant's job, there would be no restrictions, sources told ESPN.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

An odd scene playing out as Ole Miss learns its punishment from the lengthy NCAA investigation into its football program this morning: Right next door to the football facility, inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the state high school football championships are being played. It's a packed house here. As it gets later in the morning, more and more current Ole Miss players are showing up to the facility.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

The NCAA banned Ole Miss' football team from playing in the postseason again next season, and the Rebels also received additional scholarship deductions in the ruling the university received from the NCAA committee on infractions on Friday, sources told ESPN. Ole Miss had self-imposed a postseason ban for 2017 and scholarship losses in May. Former Rebels coach Hugh Freeze, who resigned for off-field issues in July, also received a suspension and show cause from the NCAA, although the length of the suspension and specifics of the show cause weren't immediately known.

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10dMark Schlabach

NCAA hits Ole Miss, Freeze with penalties

The NCAA came down hard on the Ole Miss football program for lack of institutional control, penalizing the Rebels with a second bowl ban and additional scholarship restrictions.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Ole Miss officials have been notified that they'll receive their long-awaited ruling from the NCAA committee on infractions on Friday morning, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN. The Rebels are accused of 15 Level I violations, including lack of institutional control. The NCAA committee on infractions can either accept the self-imposed penalties or add additional sanctions.

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Rebels' Luke grants Deontay Anderson release

Matt Luke had a broad smile as he strolled to the podium to be introduced as Mississippi's football coach. The cameras flashed, the crowd gave a long standing ovation and Luke's family watched with pride.

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Luke sees culture change at Ole Miss (3:03)
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Luke: Ole Miss HC job 'dream come true' (2:41)
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Luke honored to be Ole Miss' head coach (0:34)
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Ole Miss introduces Matt Luke as head coach (4:17)

Team Stats

Passing Yards328.410th
Rushing Yards133.9103rd
Points For32.836th
Points Against34.6110th