- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mississippi has put its response to alleged NCAA rules violations on hold after a third-party was granted a 30-day extension in the case.

Ole Miss said in a statement on Thursday that one of the “other parties” involved in the case, which involves the football, women’s basketball and track and field programs, requested the extension.

Ole Miss received the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations in late January, but has not made the document public. NCAA rules normally give the school 90 days to respond, which would put the deadline in late April, but an extension can be granted if anyone involved in the investigation asks for one.

“This extension is an often used tool available to all parties, and the Notice of Allegations itself has not changed in any way,” the school’s statement said. “Upon the completion of the 30-day extension period, the University will release our full Response to the Notice of Allegations.”

The NCAA’s investigation began in 2012 after a university probe discovered academic and recruiting misconduct involving the women’s basketball program.

School officials later acknowledged that the NCAA was also investigating the football and track and field programs.

Some recent rules violations involving the football program are already known.

Among them: Former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil was suspended seven games during the past season after the NCAA ruled he received several improper benefits, including the use of three loaner cars over a six-month period.

Tunsil was reinstated and played the final six games, but the athletic department’s culpability could still be examined by the NCAA.


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