Ole Miss assistant football recruiting director Branden Wenzel has resigned, according to multiple reports.
Wenzel — who was in charge of on-campus recruiting for the Rebels — resigned within the last week, the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson is reporting. However, the school is insisting that Wenzel’s departure is not related to the recently revealed NCAA case against Ole Miss involving the Rebels’ football, women’s basketball and track & field programs, and that Wenzel planned to pursue a career in athletic administration.
News of Wenzel’s resignation comes a day after Texas defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn parted ways with the Longhorns. Vaughn was defensive backs and recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss from 2008-11, the period from when many of the alleged NCAA sanctions stem.
Ole Miss acknowledged last month that it had received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, alleging 28 violations. However, athletics director Ross Bjork said in a statement that most of those occurred under former coach Houston Nutt.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that 13 allegations involve the football program, and nine of those occurred during current coach Hugh Freeze’s tenure. Many of those are believed to involve star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who was suspended for seven games last season for receiving improper benefits.
Ole Miss has 90 days to respond to the Notice of Allegations.