Mississippi Rebels helmet before the game between the Memphis Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Ole Miss football program is in serious trouble with the NCAA, but a report indicates that during the investigation into potential violations, they tried to take a rival program down with them.

Neal McCready of RebelGrove.com details how, when turning over evidence to NCAA investigators, Ole Miss included a recording of a recruit’s mother requesting money from Ole Miss and listing things she got from other programs, one of which was Mississippi State.

Lewis, a highly-touted 2015 recruit, did ultimately sign with Mississippi State.

Ole Miss is facing major consequences regarding a lack of institutional control, including mounting evidence that they provided illegal benefits to players. It doesn’t appear that their efforts to drag their in-state rival down with them have proven successful.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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