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Author Topic: ICYMI: NCAA has requested Miss. State's Leo Lewis to attend Ole Miss' COI  (Read 470 times)

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https://twitter.com/38Godfrey/status/890384472218185728

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The fate of the University of Mississippi’s football program could hinge on live comments from current Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis to the NCAA when the Committee on Infractions hears the case against Ole Miss this September.

In a letter obtained by SB Nation dated May 17, 2017, Xavier athletic director Greg Christopher, Chief Hearing Officer of the NCAA Division 1 Committee on Infractions, instructs counsel for five former Ole Miss football staffers and one current assistant coach, as well as NCAA Vice President of Enforcement Jon Duncan and Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter:

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    The panel will request student-athlete Leo Lewis attend the infractions hearing. Mr. Lewis’ grant of immunity related to this case is predicated on his full cooperation in the infractions process. In addition, Bylaw 19.2.3 establishes a responsibility to cooperate. Part of that duty to cooperate is ‘to make full and complete disclosure of any relevant information, including any information requested by the ... relevant committees.’ More specifically, Bylaw 19.7.7.5.1 authorizes the panel to request specific individuals to attend the infractions hearing, including enrolled student athletes.

    Mr. Lewis’s participation at the hearing is consistent with the expectation of cooperation on which his grant of immunity was predicated. ... Mr. Lewis will receive an appearance letter.

The letter also states that the panel can ask questions of Lewis at the hearing “that it believes necessary to decide this case.”
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https://twitter.com/WillSammon/status/890392816874131456

https://twitter.com/AntonioCMorales/status/890419303270424576

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State linebacker Leo Lewis has been requested to attend Ole Miss' Committee on Infractions hearing by the NCAA, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Ole Miss received its response from the NCAA to its response to the February Notice of Allegations last week, athletic director Ross Bjork told the media on Monday. Bjork on Monday also said the university is hoping to release it "in a week or so."

SB Nation's Steven Godfrey was the first to report of the NCAA's request for Lewis to attend. In his story, Godfrey cited a letter, which was obtained by SB Nation and written by Xavier athletic director Greg Christopher, chief hearing officer of the NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions. The letter stated: "The panel will request student-athlete Leo Lewis attend the infractions hearing. Mr. Lewis’ grant of immunity related to this case is predicated on his full cooperation in the infractions process."

In the Notice of Allegations, Lewis, who was granted limited immunity, is referenced as Student-Athlete 39 and is tied to some of Ole Miss' Level I violations. If Lewis attends the Committee on Infractions hearing, he could potentially be asked to clarify or confirm his testimonies.

Ole Miss tried to poke holes and highlight inconsistencies in Lewis' testimony in its response.

Mississippi State declined to comment, per a school spokesperson. MSU has said in the past that it cannot and won't comment when directly asked about the situation. Lewis' lawyer John Wheeler said he cannot comment on the matter because of a signed confidentiality agreement.

Lewis is also one of three defendants - along with MSU teammate Kobe Jones, and Lindsey Miller, Laremy Tunsil's estranged stepfather - named in a lawsuit filed by Rebel Rags last month. The Oxford-based retail store levied three charges against the defendants: defamation, commercial disparagement and civil conspiracy.

Rebel Rags alleged Lewis and the others with knowingly providing false information to the NCAA when they told investigators two former Ole Miss staffers, Chris Kiffin and Barney Farrar, arranged for them to receive free merchandise from the store.

"I really can’t speak to whatever communication, if any, that Leo Lewis has had during the course of his compulsory, confidential participation in the investigation of the University of Mississippi football program," Wheeler told The Clarion-Ledger earlier this month. "And I can tell you he did not knowingly provide false information to anyone in the investigative process."
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Seems easy enough for Rebel Rags to show receipts of the recruits paying for the items. That being said- Why a recruit would BUY clothing of a school they haven't committed to yet would seem odd.....
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https://twitter.com/RivalsChase/status/890604564004478977

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Godfrey joins the show to talk about the NCAA requesting the presence of Leo Lewis at Ole Miss' COI hearing and also the many details of the NCAA profiling Donte Moncrief back in 2013 --

Moscona compliments Ole Miss by saying the Rebels shouldn't hire Matt Luke as head coach.
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Seems easy enough for Rebel Rags to show receipts of the recruits paying for the items. That being said- Why a recruit would BUY clothing of a school they haven't committed to yet would seem odd.....

You've never owned a retail store. Some specific items can't be matched to specific receipts. They can "produce" a receipt probably but they can't say for certain it was for a specific item unless the players credit card number is on the receipt.
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 Neal McCready‏ @NealMcCready 13h13 hours ago

You know, the more I think about it, @ScoutSteveR has a point. We name Lewis, and we were right. Everyone is scared to name the booster...

But we all know who the booster is. One of the most critical elements is who the COI believes -- Lewis or the booster. That's paramount.
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I don't know who the booster is??
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 Neal McCready‏ @NealMcCready 10h10 hours ago

As reported earlier today on @rebelgrove, @LeoLewisIII request to be excused from the #OleMiss COI hearing next month was denied by @NCAA.

Lewis has been requested by the COI panel to be personally present to be heard by the committee.

Lewis' limited immunity agreement, per bylaws, requires his full cooperation throughout the duration of the case.

 Neal McCready‏ @NealMcCready 10h10 hours ago

Mississippi State plays in beautiful Ruston, La., the Saturday before the hearing and plays LSU on the Saturday afternoon.

https://twitter.com/NealMcCready/status/897130065452032000
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