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University​​of​​Mississippi​​-​​2017​​NCAA​​Infractions​​Case

Booster​​Sanctions​​Summary​​from​​December​​1,​​2017

Decision​​of​​the​​Committee​​on​​Infractions​​(COI)

“Booster​​9”​​and​​“Booster​​10”​​(identities​​may​​be​​disclosed​​following

resolution​​of​​public​​records​​dispute​​pending​​in​​Mississippi​​Supreme

Court)

Violation(s)​​Overview

● Level​​I​​violation.

● Violated​​NCAA​​recruiting​​rules​​through​​impermissible​​contacts​​and​​communications​​with a​​prospect,​​including​​multiple​​telephone,​​text​​message​​and​​personal​​contacts.

● Violated​​NCAA​​recruiting​​rules​​by​​providing​​recruiting​​inducements​​to​​the​​prospect​​in​​the

form​​of​​cash​​payments​​totaling​​between​​$13,000​​and​​$15,600.

● Booster​​9​​violated​​NCAA​​recruiting​​rules​​by​​providing​​recruiting​​inducements​​to​​the

prospect​​in​​the​​form​​of​​transportation​​to​​UM.

Disassociation​​Terms

● Length​​of​​Disassociation:​​Indefinite.

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​any​​assistance​​from​​the​​individuals​​that​​would​​aid​​in​​the​​recruitment

of​​prospective​​student-athletes​​or​​the​​support​​of​​enrolled​​student-athletes;

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​financial​​assistance​​for​​the​​institution's​​athletics​​program​​from​​the

individuals;

● UM​​will​​not​​provide​​any​​athletics​​benefit​​or​​privilege​​to​​the​​individuals​​that​​is​​not

generally​​available​​to​​the​​public​​at​​large;​​and

● UM​​will​​take​​such​​other​​actions​​against​​the​​individuals​​that​​the​​institution​​determines​​to

be​​within​​its​​authority​​to​​eliminate​​the​​involvement​​of​​the​​individuals​​in​​the​​institution's

athletics​​program.​​To​​this​​end,​​UM​​has​​also:

○ Prohibited​​the​​individuals​​from​​attending​​any​​UM​​home​​athletics​​events​​and entering​ ​all​ ​athletics​ ​​ ​department​ ​facilities.

○ Reset​​to​​zero​​any​​accumulation​​of​​Priority​​Points​​through​​the​​Ole​​Miss​​Athletics Foundation​​priority​​point​​program.

○ Will​​not​​provide​​the​​individuals​​any​​public​​or​​private​​recognition​​associated​​with athletics​​giving​​history.

○ If​​allowed​​to​​do​​so​​following​​a​​decision​​in​​a​​public​​records​​dispute​​pending​​before the​​Mississippi​​Supreme​​Court,​​UM​​will​​publicly​​disclose​​the​​boosters’​​names​​by publishing​​an​​un-redacted​​version​​of​​UM’s​​official​​response​​to​​the​​Notice​​of Allegations​​and​​by​​publishing​​an​​un-redacted​​version​​of​​the​​Notice​​of​​Allegations issued​​by​​the​​NCAA​​as​​part​​of​​UM’s​​public​​duty​​of​​transparency.

Mr.​​Michael​​Joe​​Cannon​​(“Booster​​12”​​in​​COI​​Decision)

Violation(s)​​Overview

● Level​​I​​violation.

● Violated​​NCAA​​rules​​by​​providing​​impermissible​​extra​​benefits​​of​​complimentary​​vehicle

use​​(loaner​​cars​​from​​his​​dealership)​​to​​two​​student-athletes​​and​​of​​a​​loan​​to​​one​​of​​the

student-athletes​​as​​a​​part​​of​​a​​car​​purchase.

Disassociation​​Terms

● Length​​of​​Disassociation:​​Length​​of​​UM​​probation​​(until​​December​​1,​​2020).

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​any​​assistance​​from​​the​​individual​​that​​would​​aid​​in​​the​​recruitment​​of

prospective​​student-athletes​​or​​the​​support​​of​​enrolled​​student-athletes;

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​financial​​assistance​​for​​the​​institution's​​athletics​​program​​from​​the

individual;

● UM​​will​​not​​provide​​any​​athletics​​benefit​​or​​privilege​​to​​the​​individual​​that​​is​​not

● generally​​available​​to​​the​​public​​at​​large;​​and

● UM​​will​​take​​such​​other​​actions​​against​​the​​individual​​that​​the​​institution​​determines​​to​​be

within​​its​​authority​​to​​eliminate​​the​​involvement​​of​​the​​individual​​in​​the​​institution's

athletics​​program.​​To​​this​​end,​​UM​​has​​also:

○ Prohibited​​the​​individual​​from​​attending​​any​​UM​​home​​athletic​​events​​and

entering​​all​​athletic​​department​​facilities.

○ Publicly​​disclosed​​the​​booster’s​​name​​in​​UM’s​​official​​response​​to​​the​​Notice​​of

Allegations​​issued​​by​​the​​NCAA.​​UM​​has​​also​​released​​an​​un-redacted​​copy​​of

the​​Notice​​of​​Allegations​​as​​part​​of​​a​​public​​duty​​of​​transparency.

Cannon​​did​​not​​incur​​additional​​institutional​​penalties​​because​​he​​was

transparent​​and​​cooperative​​throughout​​the​​course​​of​​the​​investigation.

Mr.​​Lee​​Harris​​(“Booster​​11”​​in​​COI​​Decision)

Violation(s)​​Overview

● Level​​I​​violation.

● Violated​​NCAA​​recruiting​​rules​​by​​providing​​recruiting​​inducements​​in​​the​​form​​of​​cash

payments​​to​​a​​prospect​​(totalling​​between​​$200-$600)​​and​​by​​providing​​or​​having​​his

employees​​provide​​free​​food​​and​​drinks​​to​​the​​prospect​​and​​the​​prospect’s​​companions

when​​they​​visited​​Harris’s​​establishment.

Disassociation​​Terms

● Length​​of​​Disassociation:​​At​​least​​the​​length​​of​​UM​​probation​​(until​​December​​1,

2020)(may​​be​​revisited​​based​​upon​​outcome​​of​​appeal​​of​​COI​​decision).

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​any​​assistance​​from​​the​​individual​​that​​would​​aid​​in​​the​​recruitment​​of

prospective​​student-athletes​​or​​the​​support​​of​​enrolled​​student-athletes;

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​financial​​assistance​​for​​the​​institution's​​athletics​​program​​from​​the

individual;

● UM​​will​​not​​provide​​any​​athletics​​benefit​​or​​privilege​​to​​the​​individual​​that​​is​​not

● generally​​available​​to​​the​​public​​at​​large;​​and

● UM​​will​​take​​such​​other​​actions​​against​​the​​individual​​that​​the​​institution​​determines​​to​​be

within​​its​​authority​​to​​eliminate​​the​​involvement​​of​​the​​individual​​in​​the​​institution's

athletics​​program.​​To​​this​​end,​​UM​​has​​also:

○ Prohibited​​the​​individual​​from​​attending​​any​​UM​​home​​athletic​​events​​and

entering​​all​​athletic​​department​​facilities.

○ Publicly​​disclosed​​the​​booster’s​​name​​in​​the​​official​​response​​to​​the​​Notice​​of

Allegations​​issued​​by​​the​​NCAA.​​UM​​has​​also​​released​​an​​un-redacted​​copy​​of

the​​Notice​​of​​Allegations​​and​​of​​UM’s​​response​​as​​part​​of​​UM’s​​public​​duty​​of

transparency.

Mr.​​Walter​​Hughes​​(“Booster​​2”​​in​​COI​​Decision)

Violation(s)​​Overview

● Level​​I​​violation.

● Violated​​NCAA​​recruiting​​rules​​when​​he​​assisted​​in​​recruiting​​four​​prospects​​by​​providing

prospects​​and​​some​​family​​members​​with​​impermissible​​recruiting​​inducements,

including​​transporting​​prospects​​to​​UM​​and​​to​​a​​bowl​​game​​and​​paying​​for​​food,

merchandise,​​hotels,​​bowl​​game​​tickets,​​baseball​​game​​tickets,​​and​​other​​items.​​He​​also

paid​​the​​phone​​bills​​for​​one​​prospect​​and​​for​​another's​​mother​​and​​provided​​tutoring​​for

the​​prospects.

● Violated​​NCAA​​recruiting​​rules​​when​​he​​assisted​​in​​recruiting​​through​​impermissible

telephone​​contacts​​and​​in-person,​​off-campus​​contacts​​with​​prospects​​and​​by​​arranging

contacts​​between​​prospects’​​family​​members​​and​​UM​​coaches.

Disassociation​​Terms

● Length​​of​​Disassociation:​​Indefinite

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​any​​assistance​​from​​the​​individual​​that​​would​​aid​​in​​the​​recruitment​​of

prospective​​student-athletes​​or​​the​​support​​of​​enrolled​​student-athletes;

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​financial​​assistance​​for​​the​​institution's​​athletics​​program​​from​​the

individual;

● UM​​will​​not​​provide​​any​​athletics​​benefit​​or​​privilege​​to​​the​​individual​​that​​is​​not​​generally

available​​to​​the​​public​​at​​large;​​and

● UM​​will​​take​​such​​other​​actions​​against​​the​​individual​​that​​the​​institution​​determines​​to​​be

within​​its​​authority​​to​​eliminate​​the​​involvement​​of​​the​​individual​​in​​the​​institution's

athletics​​program.​​To​​this​​end,​​UM​​has​​also:

○ Prohibited​​the​​individual​​from​​attending​​any​​UM​​home​​athletic​​events​​and

entering​​all​​athletic​​department​​facilities.

○ Reset​​to​​zero​​any​​accumulation​​of​​Priority​​Points​​through​​the​​Ole​​Miss​​Athletics

Foundation​​priority​​point​​program.

○ Will​​not​​provide​​the​​individual​​any​​public​​or​​private​​recognition​​associated​​with

athletics​​giving​​history.

○ Publicly​​disclosed​​the​​booster’s​​name​​in​​UM’s​​official​​response​​to​​the​​Notice​​of

Allegations​​issued​​by​​the​​NCAA.​​UM​​has​​also​​released​​an​​un-redacted​​copy​​of

the​​Notice​​of​​Allegations​​and​​of​​UM’s​​response​​as​​part​​of​​UM’s​​public​​duty​​of

transparency.

Mr.​​Arya​​Keyes​​(“Booster​​8”​​in​​COI​​Decision)

Violation(s)​​Overview

● Level​​I​​violation.

● Violated​​NCAA​​rules​​when​​he​​assisted​​in​​recruiting​​through​​impermissible​​in-person,

off-campus​​contacts​​with​​prospects.

● Violated​​NCAA​​rules​​when​​he​​provided​​impermissible​​recruiting​​inducements​​in​​the​​form

of​​transportation​​for​​two​​prospects​​to​​UM.

Disassociation​​Terms

● Length​​of​​Disassociation:​​Indefinite

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​any​​assistance​​from​​the​​individual​​that​​would​​aid​​in​​the​​recruitment​​of

prospective​​student-athletes​​or​​the​​support​​of​​enrolled​​student-athletes;

● UM​​will​​not​​accept​​financial​​assistance​​for​​the​​institution's​​athletics​​program​​from​​the

individual;

● UM​​will​​not​​provide​​any​​athletics​​benefit​​or​​privilege​​to​​the​​individual​​that​​is​​not

● generally​​available​​to​​the​​public​​at​​large;​​and

● UM​​will​​take​​such​​other​​actions​​against​​the​​individual​​that​​the​​institution​​determines​​to​​be

within​​its​​authority​​to​​eliminate​​the​​involvement​​of​​the​​individual​​in​​the​​institution's

athletics​​program.​​To​​this​​end,​​UM​​has​​also:

○ Prohibited​​the​​individual​​from​​attending​​any​​UM​​home​​athletic​​events​​and

entering​​all​​athletic​​department​​facilities.

○ Reset​​to​​zero​​any​​accumulation​​of​​Priority​​Points​​through​​the​​Ole​​Miss​​Athletics

Foundation​​priority​​point​​program.

○ Will​​not​​provide​​the​​individual​​any​​public​​or​​private​​recognition​​associated​​with

athletics​​giving​​history.

○ Publicly​​disclosed​​the​​booster’s​​name​​in​​UM’s​​official​​response​​to​​the​​Notice​​of

Allegations​​issued​​by​​the​​NCAA.​​UM​​has​​also​​released​​an​​un-redacted​​copy​​of

the​​Notice​​of​​Allegations​​as​​part​​of​​UM’s​​public​​duty​​of​​transparency.

Mr.​​Chan​​Patel​​(“Booster​​6”​​in​​COI​​Decision)

Violation(s)​​Overview

● Level​​I​​violation.

● Violated​ ​NCAA​ ​rules​ ​by​ ​providing​ ​a​ ​student-athlete​ ​extra​ ​benefits​ ​when​ ​Patel​ ​allowed the​ ​student-athlete’s​ ​mother​ ​and​ ​her​ ​boyfriend​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​cost-free​ ​in​ ​a​ ​local​ ​hotel​ ​he​ ​owned on​ ​10​ ​nights​ ​and​ ​in​ ​his​ ​local​ ​rental​ ​property​ ​on​ ​two​ ​nights.

Disassociation​ ​Terms

● Length​ ​of​ ​Disassociation:​ ​Indefinite

● UM​ ​will​ ​not​ ​accept​ ​any​ ​assistance​ ​from​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​that​ ​would​ ​aid​ ​in​ ​the​ ​recruitment​ ​of prospective​ ​student-athletes​ ​or​ ​the​ ​support​ ​of​ ​enrolled​ ​student-athletes;

● UM​ ​will​ ​not​ ​accept​ ​financial​ ​assistance​ ​for​ ​the​ ​institution's​ ​athletics​ ​program​ ​from​ ​the individual;

● UM​ ​will​ ​not​ ​provide​ ​any​ ​athletics​ ​benefit​ ​or​ ​privilege​ ​to​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​that​ ​is​ ​not

● generally​ ​available​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​at​ ​large;​ ​and

● UM​ ​will​ ​take​ ​such​ ​other​ ​actions​ ​against​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​that​ ​the​ ​institution​ ​determines​ ​to​ ​be within​ ​its​ ​authority​ ​to​ ​eliminate​ ​the​ ​involvement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​in​ ​the​ ​institution's athletics​ ​program.​ ​To​ ​this​ ​end,​ ​UM​ ​has​ ​also:

○ Prohibited​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​from​ ​attending​ ​any​ ​UM​ ​home​ ​athletic​ ​events​ ​and entering​ ​all​ ​athletic​ ​department​ ​facilities.

○ Reset​ ​to​ ​zero​ ​any​ ​accumulation​ ​of​ ​Priority​ ​Points​ ​through​ ​the​ ​Ole​ ​Miss​ ​Athletics Foundation​ ​priority​ ​point​ ​program.

○ Will​ ​not​ ​provide​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​any​ ​public​ ​or​ ​private​ ​recognition​ ​associated​ ​with athletics​ ​giving​ ​history.

○ Publicly​ ​disclosed​ ​the​ ​booster’s​ ​name​ ​in​ ​UM’s​ ​official​ ​response​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Notice​ ​of Allegations​ ​issued​ ​by​ ​the​ ​NCAA.​ ​UM​ ​has​ ​also​ ​released​ ​an​ ​un-redacted​ ​copy​ ​of the​ ​Notice​ ​of​ ​Allegations​ ​and​ ​of​ ​UM’s​ ​response​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​UM’s​ ​public​ ​duty​ ​of transparency.

Mr.​ ​Michael​ ​Strojny​ ​(“Booster​ ​7”​ ​in​ ​COI​ ​Decision)

Violation(s)​ ​Overview

● Level​ ​I​ ​violation.

● Violated​ ​NCAA​ ​rules​ ​by​ ​providing​ ​student-athlete​ ​impermissible​ ​extra​ ​benefit​ ​when Strojny​ ​gave​ ​$800​ ​cash​ ​to​ ​student-athlete’s​ ​mother's​ ​boyfriend.

Disassociation​ ​Terms

● Length​ ​of​ ​Disassociation:​ ​Indefinite

● UM​ ​will​ ​not​ ​accept​ ​any​ ​assistance​ ​from​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​that​ ​would​ ​aid​ ​in​ ​the​ ​recruitment​ ​of prospective​ ​student-athletes​ ​or​ ​the​ ​support​ ​of​ ​enrolled​ ​student-athletes;

● UM​ ​will​ ​not​ ​accept​ ​financial​ ​assistance​ ​for​ ​the​ ​institution's​ ​athletics​ ​program​ ​from​ ​the individual;

● UM​ ​will​ ​not​ ​provide​ ​any​ ​athletics​ ​benefit​ ​or​ ​privilege​ ​to​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​that​ ​is​ ​not

● generally​ ​available​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​at​ ​large;​ ​and

● UM​ ​will​ ​take​ ​such​ ​other​ ​actions​ ​against​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​that​ ​the​ ​institution​ ​determines​ ​to​ ​be within​ ​its​ ​authority​ ​to​ ​eliminate​ ​the​ ​involvement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​in​ ​the​ ​institution's athletics​ ​program.​ ​To​ ​this​ ​end,​ ​UM​ ​has​ ​also:

○ Prohibited​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​from​ ​attending​ ​any​ ​UM​ ​home​ ​athletic​ ​events​ ​and entering​ ​all​ ​athletic​ ​department​ ​facilities.

○ Reset​ ​to​ ​zero​ ​any​ ​accumulation​ ​of​ ​Priority​ ​Points​ ​through​ ​the​ ​Ole​ ​Miss​ ​Athletics Foundation​ ​priority​ ​point​ ​program.

○ Will​ ​not​ ​provide​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​any​ ​public​ ​or​ ​private​ ​recognition​ ​associated​ ​with athletics​ ​giving​ ​history.

○ Publicly​ ​disclosed​ ​the​ ​booster’s​ ​name​ ​in​ ​UM’s​ ​official​ ​response​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Notice​ ​of Allegations​ ​issued​ ​by​ ​the​ ​NCAA.​ ​UM​ ​has​ ​also​ ​released​ ​an​ ​un-redacted​ ​copy​ ​of the​ ​Notice​ ​of​ ​Allegations​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​UM’s​ ​public​ ​duty​ ​of​ ​transparency.

Mr. Terry​ ​Warren​ ​​(“Booster​ ​5”​ ​inCOI

Violation(s)​ ​Overview

​ ​Decision)

● Level​ ​I​ ​violation.

● Violated​ ​NCAA​ ​recruiting​ ​rules​ ​when​ ​Warren​ ​and/or​ ​his​ ​employees​ ​provided​ ​recruiting inducements​ ​(i.e.,​ ​free​ ​clothing​ ​and​ ​merchandise)​ ​to​ ​two​ ​prospects​ ​and​ ​to​ ​the​ ​family​ ​and acquaintances​ ​of​ ​a​ ​third​ ​prospect.

Disassociation​ ​Terms

● Length​ ​of​ ​Disassociation:​ ​At​ ​least​ ​the​ ​length​ ​of​ ​UM​ ​probation​ ​(until​ ​December​ ​1,​ ​2020) (may​ ​be​ ​revisited​ ​based​ ​upon​ ​outcome​ ​of​ ​appeal​ ​of​ ​COI​ ​decision).

● UM​ ​will​ ​not​ ​accept​ ​any​ ​assistance​ ​from​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​that​ ​would​ ​aid​ ​in​ ​the​ ​recruitment​ ​of prospective​ ​student-athletes​ ​or​ ​the​ ​support​ ​of​ ​enrolled​ ​student-athletes;

● UM​ ​will​ ​not​ ​accept​ ​financial​ ​assistance​ ​for​ ​the​ ​institution's​ ​athletics​ ​program​ ​from​ ​the individual;

● UM​ ​will​ ​not​ ​provide​ ​any​ ​athletics​ ​benefit​ ​or​ ​privilege​ ​to​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​that​ ​is​ ​not

● generally​ ​available​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​at​ ​large;​ ​and

● UM​ ​will​ ​take​ ​such​ ​other​ ​actions​ ​against​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​that​ ​the​ ​institution​ ​determines​ ​to​ ​be within​ ​its​ ​authority​ ​to​ ​eliminate​ ​the​ ​involvement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​in​ ​the​ ​institution's athletics​ ​program.​ ​To​ ​this​ ​end,​ ​UM​ ​has​ ​also:

○ Prohibited​ ​the​ ​individual​ ​from​ ​attending​ ​any​ ​UM​ ​home​ ​athletic​ ​events​ ​and entering​ ​all​ ​athletic​ ​department​ ​facilities.

○ Publicly​ ​disclosed​ ​the​ ​booster’s​ ​name​ ​in​ ​UM’s​ ​official​ ​response​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Notice​ ​of Allegations​ ​issued​ ​by​ ​the​ ​NCAA.​ ​UM​ ​has​ ​also​ ​released​ ​an​ ​un-redacted​ ​copy​ ​of the​ ​Notice​ ​of​ ​Allegations​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​UM’s​ ​public​ ​duty​ ​of​ ​transparency.