Laremy Tunsil investigation centers around use of loaner car; out more games
Ole Miss standout offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil used a loaner car from a local dealership for too long while his own was being repaired, thus creating what the NCAA deems an extra benefit, according to a report by ESPN.com.
Sources expect the ongoing NCAA investigation into the Rebels football program and specifically Tunsil to keep him out of Saturday’s game against second-ranked Alabama and several more this season. Tunsil, considered one of the top prospects in next year’s NFL draft, did not play in the team’s first two games.
“The matters involving Laremy Tunsil aren’t related to anybody on our football staff, Coach Freeze or any of the assistants,” Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork told ESPN.com. “We want to protect the young man and are doing everything we can to do that, but we also have to and need to and should protect our staff and our program.”
According to ESPN’s report, Tunsil received a loaner car from Oxford dealership Cannon Motors, one of Ole Miss athletics’ title sponsors, and used it longer than NCAA rules allow.
Michael Joe Cannon, the CEO at Cannon Motors, is a former Ole Miss assistant coach.
Earlier this summer, domestic charges against Tunsil related to hitting his stepfather in an unrelated incident were dropped.