Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil has had a pretty rough time this year. He has yet to see the field this season due to an ongoing NCAA investigation after he was arrested for fighting with his stepfather over the summer.
The fight, if you remember, was started after his Tunsil’s stepfather after he threatened to call the NCAA about Tunsil receiving some illegal benefits from agents. His arrest caused the NCAA to look further into an investigation that has already been going on for three years at Ole Miss.
According to College Football Talk, Tunsil’s future with the Rebels could be in some trouble right now.
The NCAA doesn’t disallow players from talking with agents, but they are not allowed to accept anything from them while under the guise of the NCAA. A report by ESPN’s Chris Low says that Tunsil may have accepted a loaner car while his vehicle was in the shop, but he might have kept it longer than needed.
“Sources told ESPN.com that the sticking point is a loaner vehicle Tunsil received from Cannon Motors in Oxford, Mississippi, while his car was in the repair shop. Tunsil allegedly kept that loaner vehicle for an extended period of time before returning it to the dealership, and the NCAA has deemed it an extra benefit.”
The school’s athletic director, Ross Bjork, said in a statement that “[t]he matters involving Laremy Tunsil aren’t related to anybody on our football staff, Coach [Hugh] Freeze or any of the assistants,” adding that while the university wants “to protect the young man and are doing everything we can to do that… we also have to and need to and should protect our staff and our program.”
Right now, the ongoing NCAA investigation does not pertain to Freeze or his coaching staff at all. It was reported that is was during Houston Nutt’s time with the team that most, if not all, of these issues occurred.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports