Tunsil's stepfather alleges numerous violations against Ole Miss in new SI.com interview
Ole Miss fans have been waiting on a rumored piece on the program from Sports Illustrated to be released.
That happened Wednesday.
In an exclusive interview with SI.com’s Pete Thamel, Tunsil’s stepfather, Lindsey Miller, explained that he talked to the NCAA over 100 hours about alleged violations regarding Ole Miss and his son. Miller told SI.com he relayed to the NCAA’s investigators dirt with boosters that led to free hotel rooms, lodging and money, and he claims the NCAA came to visit him four or five times in Mississippi.
Although there wasn’t any massive new allegations brought to the table in SI.com’s report, it certainly doesn’t look great. However, I think we can all agree that Tunsil’s stepfather may not be a likable guy, but that doesn’t mean he’s completely lying either.
Thamel’s piece on the Rebels had three important sections.
Among the things Miller says he told the NCAA: Ole Miss had an intricate system in which the school arranged for Tunsil and his family through boosters to get loans, money and free lodging at hotels and residences around Oxford, Miss. He claims he told the NCAA of benefits that spanned nearly three years.
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!”
The last of three is interesting because Tunsil was thought to be a Georgia lock out of high school, and his stepfather allegedly says above, to which defensive line coach Chris Kiffin responds, that he was there for Ole Miss twice when his son committed to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Be sure and check out Sports Illustrated’s complete report here.