BY PARRISH ALFORD

Daily Journal

A representative of the NCAA visited the Ole Miss campus earlier this month to speak with athletics department members and student-athletes, a school official said Thursday.

David Wells, the associate athletics director for compliance, would not disclose the nature of the visit.

"It was a follow-up to other visits we have had in our continuing relationship to review information which had been provided to the NCAA," he said.

Wells would only confirm that both coaches and student-athletes had been interviewed by the NCAA.

"A number of issues were discussed," Wells said. "We decided we would be happy to confirm that the NCAA was here but would not get into names, what sports (were discussed), issues and that type of thing."

Wells said the representative did not indicate if a return visit by the NCAA would be necessary.

In May, school officials acknowledged they self-reported to the NCAA violations that occurred when a department staff member's long distance access code was abused by five current and former football players.

The players made unauthorized long-distance calls totaling $1,463,76.

As a result three current players - redshirt freshman offensive lineman Antonio Sanders, sophomore safety Jeremy Ruffin and sophomore cornerback Travis Johnson of Shannon - received disciplinary action from the university.

All were ordered to repay their various level of incurred charges. In addition, Sanders, who finished spring drills as the No. 2 right tackle behind Cliff Woodruff, has been required to sit out three games.

Johnson, the starting left cornerback, will miss two games.

In its review of this violation, the NCAA can choose to accept the school's self-imposed penalties or impose penalties of its own.

Wells says he has hopes that the school's penalties will be accepted but, "at this point we have not heard anything on that."

It is also common for NCAA officials to visit one school to ask questions regarding an NCAA investigation at another school.

In May, athletics director Pete Boone, responding to the long distance incident, emphatically stated that Ole Miss is not the subject of a formal NCAA investigation.

"Contrary to public speculation we have not received nor do we expect to receive a preliminary letter of inquiry from the NCAA," Boone said.

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