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NCAA to hear ex-Ole Miss staffer Barney Farrar’s appeal

Barney Farrar will soon have his appeal heard by the NCAA in connection with Ole Miss’ infractions case.

Farrar’s lawyer, Bruse Loyd, said in a statement that deliberations in the former Ole Miss staffer’s appeal will begin Wednesday and are expected to continue through Friday. Loyd said Farrar hasn’t been given an indication of when the Infractions Appeals Committee will make a ruling, but “in reviewing prior like cases, it is estimated that a decision could be released by the NCAA to the public as early as August.”

Farrar, who was named in four of the program’s 15 Level-I allegations, has many of the same challenges as Ole Miss in the case, including the testimony of Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis related to the Rebel Rags allegation. The NCAA accused Farrar and former defensive line coach Chris Kiffin of working with the Oxford-based retail store to provide Lewis, fellow Mississippi State player Kobe Jones and Lindsey Miller, the estranged stepfather of Laremy Tunsil, with approximately $2,800 in free merchandise during recruiting visits.

In handing down final penalties in December, the NCAA hit Farrar with a five-year show-cause penalty, meaning any FBS program wanting to hire Farrar would have to appear before the Committee on Infractions and “show cause” as to why it shouldn’t be assessed the same penalties for hiring him while the order is in effect and give examples of how the school would monitor him.

Farrar was put on administrative leave in November 2016 before being fired shortly after that season after five years in an administrative role as assistant athletic director for junior college and high school relations. Farrar has since joined the staff at Jones County Junior College.