Mike Smith, the head softball coach at Ole Miss, and the former head coach at McNeese St., has been suspended for the second time in less than a year.

Word broke on Monday that Smith has been has been placed on administrative leave pending what has been described as a non-financial, external audit of the program.

Smith was suspended prior to the start of the 2019 season, before returning to coach Ole Miss for the remainder of the year. At the time, a university release described that suspension as being, “for not meeting the university's expectations for operating the program”.

There is no word on whether or not this latest suspension has anything to do with Smith's suspension last February.

Smith has been the Rebels’ head coach for five seasons, guiding the program to four NCAA tournament appearances, as well as two Super Regional berths.

Last season, Smith helped Ole Miss to an overall record of 41-20, and a berth in an NCAA Super Regional, after defeating the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns in the championship round of the Oxford, Mississippi Regional.

During his tenure as Rebels’ head coach, Smith owns a 186-114 overall record, including the 2017 SEC tournament title.

Prior to his time at Ole Miss, Smith coach at McNeese St., guiding the Cowgirls to an overall record of 112-53 and two first-place finishes in the Southland Conference.