Star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is sitting out Ole Miss' opening game against UT Martin on Saturday. The University released the following statement a half hour before Saturday's kickoff:
As a precautionary measure, we are withholding Laremy Tunsil from today's game until the pending process can be completed. We are cooperating fully with the NCAA and feel this is the best way to protect Laremy, our football program and the university.
There's been no official word on whether he could miss multiple games.
This is, of course, a response to the ongoing NCAA investigation into allegations by his stepdad that Tunsil had shady dealings with pro scouts and received impermissible benefits during his recruitment. That story's been quiet since Tunsil and his stepdad agreed to drop assault charges against each other, but it sounds like the NCAA isn't done sniffing around.
The best case scenario for Tunsil is that this is entirely precautionary; that the school just wants the NCAA to officially clear Tunsil before they put him back on the field. And it's not like the Rebs really need him for UT Martin and Fresno State.
We'll keep y'all updated if and when we get more info.