No, you needn’t freak out about any trickle down issues affecting Indiana football from the mess at Ole Miss.
Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork made waves yesterday after releasing a -21-minute video response- to the NCAA’s amended Notice of Allegations letter sent to the program in the past couple of seasons. After being levied the dreaded “Lack of Institutional Control” charge for violations with the football, women’s basketball, and track programs, the Rebels have self-imposed a ban from post-season play next year for Hugh Freeze’s club. If you’d like to read more on the mess & Yackety Sax-like investigation in sum, our very good pals at Red Cup Rebellion have more for you here.
So, what’s all this got to do with Indiana?
Tom Allen spent 3 seasons at Ole Miss under Hugh Freeze from 2012-2014 as linebackers coach. New Indiana passing game coordinator Grant Heard is a former Ole Miss player and had been with Freeze since he came to Oxford five seasons ago.
Does that mean you should be concerned about some kind of blowback?
Neither Allen nor Heard have ever been named any any of the NOA letters as being involved with recruiting improprieties at Ole Miss.
Of course, there are two football coaches named as “Former Assistants” in the new amended complaint, but it’s likely easy to assume one is Chris Kiffin -- who was named in the original complaint and left to join his brother at FAU this winter.
The second? Well, that could be anyone and it could be from almost a decade ago. SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey reports that an Ole Miss source says many of the football allegations stem from Houston Nutt’s tenure, which ended in 2011.
The only ripple effect from the scandal at Ole Miss in Bloomington? Ty Fryfogle catching TD passes, very soon.