OXFORD, Miss. -- The NCAA kept the Rebels under a microscope. A more than four-year investigation ended with 21 violations, eight of which were just announced on Wednesday.
"I feel terrible for our players and staff to have to handle the consequences for the actions of very few," said Coach Hugh Freeze.
University officials quickly responded with a self-imposed post-season ban in 2017, meaning no bowl game next season. Plus, they'll have to forfeit nearly $8 million in post season money from the South Eastern Conference.
Students and fans said they saw it coming.
"It doesn't seem like there was any way of getting out of it so it's better to try to do it before we get something potentially worse," said student Chase Caldwell.
"We need to get ahead of it as much as possible," added life-long fan, Ty Harrell. "We hope it works and we get off with what we imposed on ourselves.
While many said this will put a damper on the 2017 season, they don't think it will hurt attendance.
"I don't think so. I think we are die-hard fans. We love Ole Miss. We love Oxford," said student Ashton Johnson.
Fans said they've been through a rough patch before and bounced back.
"We were two and ten my freshman year, so it's better than that at least. It could be worse."
University officials said this isn't over quite yet. They will investigate and fight some of the allegations like Head Coach Hugh Freeze violating responsibilities and not having control of his program.