“It’s like that movie Blue Chips with Nick Nolte, with Shaquille O’Neal in it.”

Lindsey Miller, Laremy Tunsil’s estranged stepfather, has been chatting with a few folks on the NCAA’s compliance staff.

He also spoke with SI.com’s Pete Thamel.  If you’re a Georgia fan, this little tidbit’s of note.

Miller, who was dating Tunsil’s mother during the recruitment and married her in July 2014, says he provided the NCAA with text messages, e-mails and Facebook messages to back up his claims. He showed multiple Facebook and text messages to SI that appear to verify some of the claims in the NCAA Notice of Allegations. He also says he provided his bank and financial records to the NCAA, which helped investigators verify an $800 payment from a booster in August 2014. At one point, Miller says NCAA investigators took his three cell phones to capture all the data.

In one Facebook message, dated Feb. 8, 2013, Miller appears to write to Ole Miss defensive line coach Chris Kiffin: “Plz do all the u you said to help me and desiree and my 2 sons I have been ole miss biggest fan 2 times he committed to ga I was there foor u be there for us when its time ok.”

Kiffin appears to have responded: “You know I will!”

Miller provided SI with the Facebook messages, but they could not be independently verified.

(When reached by Sports Illustrated, Kiffin declined to comment citing the on-going NCAA investigation.)

Count me among those who’s still skeptical there’s much more the NCAA will do beyond what Ole Miss has chosen to self-impose.  Besides, if things do get worse, there’s always this neat trick:

Ole Miss opens its football season with games against Florida State, Wofford and Alabama. If the Rebels lose two of those three, it’s reasonable to consider that they’d self-impose a postseason ban in the same manner than Syracuse and Louisville’s basketball programs have done in recent years. That would serve as both a preemptive strike toward a more significant NCAA penalty and potentially help the program move forward.

Ole Miss has still not fired any football coaches, which could lead to skepticism by the NCAA of whether the school has sufficiently acknowledged the extent of its missteps. “Schools are probably not doing what they would have issued under the old system,” Buckner said. “You really don’t know. Why penalize yourself when the hearing panel may not impose them?”

Indeed.  It’s the NCAA we’re dealing with here, so there’s no reason to rush into anything.  Although there would be a certain sense of irony if Ole Miss did decide on a postseason ban for itself the week of the Georgia game.

One other amusing thing – Miller claims to have met with one of the NCAA investigators at a McDonald’s in Oxford, Miss so often that they started meeting in the parking lot instead out of a fear of being seen together.  Enter the Oxford Police Department.  At least somebody out there is having a good time with this.

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24 responses to ““It’s like that movie Blue Chips with Nick Nolte, with Shaquille O’Neal in it.”

  1. The Tennessee game is more important in the scheme of the whole picture, but I want us to beat Ole Mi$$ so bad this year.

  2. DugLite

    Maybe the NCAA and Tunsil have already come to an agreement where Tunsil solemnly swore he would come back his Senior season to serve his suspension. What…..that was Ohio State.

  3. Skeptic Dawg

    Blue Chips was a great movie! Who played the role of Bobby Hurley?

  4. rchris

    Pls let the Rebels be distracted and unfocused when they play us. Pls! Pls!

  5. @gatriguy

    Could it be possible that Lane is the less piece of shit of the Kiffin brothers? Who would’ve thunk it?

  6. 3rdandGrantham

    I definitely think Ole Miss will go the self-imposed bowl ban route. However, I predict they’ll wait to do that until near the end of the season after most of their big games have already been played. After all, they want to keep the players and fan interest going under such a ruse for as long as possible — announce it early and everyone might throw in the towel and pretty much call it quits.

    The mentioning of Syracuse bball was ironic given Syracuse announced their so-called self-imposed NCAA tourney ban while they were firmly planted dead last in the ACC with absolutely no chance of making the NCAA tournament regardless (unless by some miracle they won the ACC tourney). Yet, the NCAA went along with it anyway, instead of using a bit of common sense and applying the NCAA tournament ban for the following season. Thus, in the end, Syracuse suffered no real punishment whatsoever.

    What they managed to pull over on the NCAA would be akin to you or I getting caught cheating by our girlfriends or wives with another woman, and as punishment you tell her that you’ll refuse all advances from Charlize Theron or Blake Lively for ever. Promise.

  7. Go Dawgs!

    I want to crush Ole Miss this year.

    Hugh Freeze is dirty.

    All that said, I’m actually really OK with Tunsil going to Ole Miss instead of Georgia because we didn’t end up with this stink of NCAA cheating on our program. What did Ole Miss really get out of all of their cheating? They beat Alabama two times and they won a Sugar Bowl (without ever even being in the same stadium as the SEC Championship Trophy which you usually used to have to win to get to the Sugar Bowl). Congratulations, guys. Really.

    And my goodness, this stepfather seems like a festering piece of human garbage, doesn’t he? I actually hold him in more contempt and lower esteem than any other party involved in this story.

    • Mayor

      GD, I get what you are saying but not having Tunsil in Athens is probably the single biggest reason why Georgia couldn’t get over the hump in the last 2 seasons. Tunsil was going to Georgia legitimately and then the Rebs showed up with a bag of $$.They corrupted the kid and screwed the Dawgs in the process. The Dawgs were always a top caliber O-lineman short after that. There is no telling how far the 2014 team might have gone if we didn’t have O-line breakdowns. I suspect the ’13 and ’15 teams would have won more games, too, although not a championship probably. I am bitter about Ole Miss doing what the Rebs did. Give them the death penalty, I say.

  8. gastr1

    What does this Miller guy have to gain by talking to the NCAA now? Is he just wanting backbite the Ole MIss people for some reason? I don’t get it. What did they do to him, renege on their promised lump sum payment?

    • @gatriguy

      That’s what it feels like to me. Once he and Tunsil had that fight, I’m guessing the faucet got turned off.

  9. TMC DAWG

    We beat them in Oxford, we are going to have a big year. The momentum and confidence from a win like that, will greatly prepare us for the rest of the season.

  10. Hugh Sleeze

    Text messages? Facebook posts? Cell phone logs? Bank transactions? Quotes from witnesses? Quotes from the player himself? PFFFTTT…show me REAL proof and email it to me.

    • Dog in Fla

      “2 times he committed to ga I was there foor u be there for us when its time ok.”

      In related show business news, ADGM busily thinking about composing a love me 2 times tweet to whoever the SEC Commissioner is to close the doors on Ole Miss stimulus act program

  11. Dog in Fla

    OPD special operations task force stakes out random McDonald’s parking lot to nab NCAA investigator and Worst Stepfather Ever in Catch Me If You Can sting

  12. Russ

    NCAA won’t do crap about this, and it really pisses me off when I contrast that to how McGoof rolled over and pissed himself on the Gurley matter. The AJ matter was another one (pre-McGoof, I put that on Adams).

  13. DawgPhan

    I could get fired up about Ole Miss breaking the rules and not getting into too much trouble, but I think the rules are pretty dumb and Ole Miss has every right to fight them about it.

    I hate that UGA doesnt fight for our players rights the way they fight for every dollar, but it is what it is.

    • I think people that get pissed off because a football player accepts a few hundred bucks have too much time on their hands, but that’s just me.

      • Puffdawg

        You guys are totally missing the point. It’s not whether or not players SHOULD get paid. It’s that under the current rules, players are not allowed to get paid. We played by the rules, and Ole Miss did not. Not only did they have a cheating booster, but COACHES were actually involved. They clearly are/were gaining a HUGE advantage by enticing significantly talented players to go to their school who otherwise would not have gone there. This is presumably evidenced by the father in law’s documents. Extra points for Freeze flaunting their “innocence” with the compliance email tweets. He should be banned from football for cheating like he has. Instead, he’ll probably get a raise.

  14. WarD Eagle

    i think the only thing funnier than Ole Miss probation would be the NCAA doing nothing because this clown was complicit in the activity he’s turning them in for.

  15. The Bruce

    Sounds like we dodged a bullet when Tunsil flipped to Ole Miss.

    • Mayor

      Nah. If he signed with Georgia he would have stayed straight under CMR. Getting into bed with Freeze and the Ole Miss boosters was a bad thing for the Tunsil kid. He probably has figured that out by now.