The University of Mississippi has been formally charged by the NCAA with rules violations in three sports.
Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork issued a statement on Saturday confirming that outside counsel for the school received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA for alleged violations in women's basketball (2012), track and field (2012-13) and football.
Citing a source close to the situation, The Clarion-Ledger reported that a "very minimal" number of the alleged rules violations are related to the current football staff as a result of former left tackle Laremy Tunsil, a top prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft. Tunsil sat out seven games during the 2015 season amid a school and NCAA investigation into his eligibility. Tunsil's final college game was a 48-20 win over Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl.
Indeed, Bjork stated that many of the allegations date "back to the former football staff in 2010 and the withholding and reinstatement process around Laremy Tunsil in fall of 2015."
Ole Miss has posted four consecutive winning seasons since Hugh Freeze took over for Houston Nutt.
"In all three sports, I am confident in the leadership of our current head coaches and the manner in which they operate their program," Bjork stated.
The school has 90 days to issue a response to the allegations to the NCAA.