On a weekend in which Ole Miss fans were stressing about the NCAA's allegations notice, the death of former Rebel quarterback Maikhail Miller revealed the triviality of such concerns in the face of true tragedy. Miller died in a single-car accident on Highway 78 near Holly Springs on Saturday evening, the Marshall County Coroner's Office has confirmed. Miller was a backup during Hugh Freeze's first season in 2012 before transferring to Murray State.
Marshall County Coroner James Anderson said Miller was traveling westbound on Highway 78 at 6:39 p.m.when he lost control of his Toyota SUV near mile marker 26. Anderson was called to the accident site around 7:30 p.m., he said.
"He was ejected and CPR was started," Anderson said, then adding that Miller was pronounced dead on the scene.
Houston Nutt, who recruited Miller out of Itawamba Agricultural High School, texted the following to the Oxford Citizen:
"My heart is so sad tonight when I received the news on Maikhail. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I know you are hurting. What a great young man you raised!! Maikhail always did things the RIGHT WAY."
Freeze added thoughts on Twitter:
Reminded how short life can be tonight. So sorry to hear of Maikhail Miller's death. Prayers to his family. What are we doing with our dash?— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) January 31, 2016