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Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork gives more specifics into NCAA allegations

Ross Bjork, Ole Miss AD
Ross Bjork, Ole Miss AD

One day after initially saying the university couldn't comment further on the NCAA's Notice of Allegations against his athletics department, Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork released a second statement Saturday afternoon.

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that Ole Miss had received a NOA alleging "roughly 30" violations but did not specify the sports or severity.

In his statement, Bjork added clarity to the charges, which became public less than a week before National Signing Day.

Bjork said the alleged violations stem from the women's basketball team in 2012, the track and field program in 2012-13, and in football with the 2010 staff and star left tackle Laremy Tunsil this season.

Bjork's statement in full reads:

"Outside counsel for the University of Mississippi received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA - another step in a more than three-year process. Included in the notice are alleged violations of NCAA bylaws in women's basketball in 2012; track and field in 2012-13; and in football, with many of the allegations dating back to the former football staff in 2010 and the withholding and reinstatement process around Laremy Tunsil in fall of 2015.

"To be clear, the NCAA has only brought allegations, and as part of the NCAA process, the University and others have 90 days to issue a response. We've been transparent throughout this process, and it is important to note that most of the football allegations are based upon facts that have been publicly disclosed previously in "self-reports" and reinstatement requests or have been reported publicly in connection with another NCAA case.

"Out of fairness to the individuals involved and the integrity of the NCAA process, we will not provide further details or comment until everyone has had an opportunity to review the allegations and respond. Once they do so, we will release the official notice and the university's response. In all three sports, I am confident in the leadership of our current head coaches and the manner in which they operate their programs."

Forde originally reported about the alleged violations in the fall of 2014, stating that the bulk of the accusations were levied against former women's basketball coach, Adrian Wiggins. The former Fresno State coach and his staff was fired before ever coaching a game at the school.

Tunsil was suspended for the first seven games of the 2015 season for accepting impermissible benefits.

Multiple reports have tied the 2010 football violations to current Pearl River Community College football coach David Saunders, who recently received an eight-year show cause from the NCAA for his alleged involvement in violations during his time at Louisiana-Lafayette.

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