The hits just keep coming for Ole Miss. Unfortunately for the Rebels, they’re all self-inflicted, too. Six former football players who transferred to other schools amid an NCAA investigation into Ole Miss’ recruiting practices are basing their appeals for immediate eligibility on text messages from Rebels coaches that allegedly downplayed the significance of the NCAA probe, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. Houston safety Deontay Anderson, Georgia Tech offensive tackle Jack DeFoor, Florida receiver Van Jefferson, Central Florida receiver Tre Nixon, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson and UAB linebacker Jarrion Street were all members of Ole Miss’ 2016 recruiting class. The collective appeal hinges on text messages from Rebels staffers the players received as recruits that led them to believe any prospective improprieties being investigated by the NCAA took place before the arrival of coach Hugh Freeze, who was hired in 2012.