The NCAA’s investigation of Ole Miss goes beyond former offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde.
According to Forde’s sources, the NCAA has visited fellow SEC West schools Auburn and Mississippi State in recent months to speak with players who were once recruited by the Rebels coaching staff.
NCAA Enforcement representatives have visited Auburn and Mississippi State, and perhaps at least one more SEC Western Division school, this summer to speak with players who were recruited by Ole Miss. The players were granted immunity from potential NCAA sanctions in exchange for truthful accounts of their recruitment, sources said.
The players under questioning were not identified in the report. Neither Ole Miss nor the NCAA opted to comment to Forde, though the Rebels did indicate they were continuing to comply with the NCAA during the investigation process.
According to Forde, the investigation, which has been ongoing for years, was near conclusion in April prior to Tunsil’s admission that he received payment from the Ole Miss coaching staff during a press conference following his selection in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Tunsil was previously named in a notice of major violations from the NCAA’s finding back in January, which included 13 football infractions in the report which cited the findings of 28 NCAA rules infractions.