January 12th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Ole Miss leaders disagree with the NCAA’s characterization of its booster culture but don’t disagree that something needs to change. The challenge the administration faces now is how to facilitate change. The school faces the possibility of biting hands that help feed it. Major facilities improvements such as the $96 million Pavilion at Ole Miss and the bowling-in of the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium don’t occur through SEC membership alone. Although SEC schools receive roughly $40 million through conference membership approximately 70 percent of the athletics budget at Ole Miss – $112.5 million for the current year – comes from external sources such as sales for tickets, advertising and merchandise and from private giving. – Parrish Alford, Daily Journal. Read More.

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