I don’t think it’s going too far out on a limb to suggest it’s never a good thing when the media hears about an NCAA investigation before a school claims to know anything about it.
NCAA officials were here Friday and interviewed the stepfather of Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil about allegations of multiple rules violations by the University of Mississippi football program.
The trip made by NCAA officials comes one week after Tunsil was arrested and charged with domestic assault against his stepfather, Lindsey Miller. According to an arrest report by the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office obtained by The Clarion-Ledger this week, Miller claimed the fight was a result of his warning to Tunsil about having contact with player agents.
Miller confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger Friday that he met with NCAA director of enforcement for football Chris Howard for what he estimated was three hours.
An Ole Miss spokesperson told The Clarion-Ledger that the school has not had contact with the NCAA and was unaware of any representatives being in the area.
And while we’re out there, this probably isn’t good news, either.
But on Thursday, Miller alleged to The Clarion-Ledger that in addition to the contact made by agents he is aware of violations that occurred during Tunsil’s recruitment as well, including claims of falsified academic records and gifts made by the university.
No wonder Hugh Freeze was so quick to make this a story about domestic abuse.
By the way, NCAA, while you’re in the neighborhood, maybe you could ask Mark Richt about this conversation.