It’s safe to say it’s been a tough offseason so far for the Ole Miss Football program.

After posting the third worst recruiting class in the conference, much concern was turned to the possible lurking sanctions that surrounded the program, and especially on head coach Hugh Freeze. On Wednesday, the news broke that Ole Miss had self-imposed a postseason ban for their football program for the 2017-2018 season.

On Wednesday, Vice Chancellor Jeff Vitter, Athletic Director Ross Bjork and Head Coach Hugh Freeze held a press conference to announce the ban that would be placed for the upcoming season. The school was charged for a “lack of institutional control,” per the NCAA.

Ole Miss announced they had received yet another NCAA Notice of Allegations, thus self-imposing the ban. The real question will be if the Rebels can recover from an offseason this alarming, which according to many other programs historically, takes time to rally back from.

Ole Miss captured the 12th best recruiting class in the SEC this season, however, do return some starters for next season. “Any behavior by my staff that is inconsistent with that commitment to do things the right way simply does not reflect the emphasis I personally place on NCAA compliance,” Freeze told AL.com.

LSU takes on Ole Miss at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium on October 21st.

Essential Question: Can the Rebels bounce back?

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