The NCAA's been investigating Ole Miss for years, going back to the coaching staff previous to Hugh Freeze. That got reinvigorated in April, when first-rounder Laremy Tunsil appeared to admit to taking money from coaches.
Obviously that incident was going to prolong this whole thing, despite the first wave of sanctions already arriving three months ago, but how? From Yahoo!’s Pat Forde:
NCAA Enforcement representatives have visited Auburn and Mississippi State, and perhaps at least one more SEC Western Division school, this summer to speak with players who were recruited by Ole Miss. The players were granted immunity from potential NCAA sanctions in exchange for truthful accounts of their recruitment, sources said.
In my professional opinion, that is bad for the Rebels.
It would also not be surprising if an investigation that began with Houston Nutt's staff breaking a few rules and then sprawled after a hacked Instagram post on NFL Draft night soon involves other schools as well (besides just the former Ole Miss assistants who've faced career difficulties due to this scandal). Any player who happens to offer evidence of Ole Miss cheating could just as easily implicate anybody else, too. Soooooooo any rival fans hoping for this to take down the Rebels and only the Rebels might want to say some prayers.
Ole Miss' top-10 2013 recruiting class has been a source of drama since the day it arrived, and based on what we know about the NCAA's speed of investigations these days, we'll probably make it to Signing Day 2017 before everything wraps. Four years!