Ole Miss’ offseason has been dominated by the story of accusations and allegations of NCAA violations spawned from Laremy Tunsil’s infamous NFL Draft day escapades.
Tunsil’s statements that he was paid while playing at Ole Miss were a serious charge that could potentially upend Hugh Freeze’s program. The allegations were made and the NCAA investigation is ongoing.
As Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze met with local media at SEC Media Days on Thursday, that shadow was still cast upon the program. He had no update to give as he remains in the dark of when penalties or charges might come down.
“I have zero update,” Freeze said (h/t Ben Garrett of OMSpirit). “Obviously our response is out to the allegations. It stands on its own, and we can’t discuss any ongoing matters. That’s one of the frustrating things, but out of respect for the process, you can’t do it. We can talk about our integrity and we can talk about our core values, but I’m not sure that’s what the media wants to talk about. But I can’t talk about any of the ongoing things. No one wants it to be over more than I do. I’m ready to concentrate on our team continuing to build its relevancy in college football, which we will. But I have no update. It’s still ongoing.”
Freeze added that he has asked for a timetable for a resolution but was unable to get one from the NCAA. The process is moving, he said, and that is about all he could report.
Shortly after the allegations were made, Ole Miss issued a public response seemingly admitting some wrongdoing had occurred and that the university was also getting to the bottom of what happened. The investigations are ongoing and there will surely be some penalties for the violations that occurred.
When they will come down though is still a bit of a mystery as the 2016 season gets set to begin.