Lindsey Miller, the stepfather of former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, said he has given interviews with the NCAA totaling more than 100 hours regarding illegal benefits given to his stepson and his family, Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel reported on Wednesday.
At the crux of the story was the following assertion:
“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.”
The accusations involving Tunsil are part of a wider NCAA case involving the school, and what’s problematic with Miller’s reported testimony is that he is currently suing his stepson, alleging assault and battery, defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
So what the NCAA must decide in ruling on this portion of the case is whom to believe.
Tunsil’s mother and Miller’s now-estranged wife, Desiree Polingo, says no one at Ole Miss did anything wrong.
“(Miller) continued receiving his pension, child support and military benefits,” Polingo said in a statement to SI through her lawyer. “Why he keeps telling people that Ole Miss promised us something or did something wrong is beyond me, and frankly makes me very angry.”
Tunsil was suspended for the first seven games of the 2015-16 college football season, after his stepfather accused him of taking improper benefits from Ole Miss in June of 2015.