Ole Miss coach was ‘shocked’ by Tunsil comments at NFL draft


By The Associated Press



FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015 file photo, Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) loosens up prior to his team's NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Oxford, Miss. Mississippi will investigate former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil's comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school. The university said in a statement Friday, April 29, 2016, it is "aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss" and "will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC." Tunsil was selected 13th overall Thursday night in the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)


A pedestrian walks past the Manning Center, which houses the football coaches offices, the team's locker rooms, and an indoor practice facility, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Friday, April 29, 2016. Mississippi will investigate former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil's comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school. The university said in a statement Friday it is "aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss" and "will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC." Tunsil was selected 13th overall Thursday night in the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle via AP)


Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze said he was surprised by former Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil’s statement he accepted money from a coach while at the school and is trying to stay patient while the university continues its investigation.

Freeze said Thursday on an SEC teleconference he is not involved in the “fact-finding process” and was “shocked like everyone else” when Tunsil acknowledged after being selected by the Miami Dolphins at the NFL draft that he accepted money.

There was also a post on Tunsil’s Instagram account — which he said was hacked — showing an alleged text conversation with a football staff member about arranging payment for bills.

The football program is already under NCAA investigation. The school received a Notice of Allegations in January and is preparing its response.

FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2015 file photo, Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) loosens up prior to his team’s NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Oxford, Miss. Mississippi will investigate former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil’s comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school. The university said in a statement Friday, April 29, 2016, it is "aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss" and "will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC." Tunsil was selected 13th overall Thursday night in the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2016/05/web1_110164410-5933491c10f747eba8493fbcf0146e5c.jpgFILE – In this Oct. 24, 2015 file photo, Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) loosens up prior to his team’s NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Oxford, Miss. Mississippi will investigate former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil’s comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school. The university said in a statement Friday, April 29, 2016, it is "aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss" and "will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC." Tunsil was selected 13th overall Thursday night in the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

A pedestrian walks past the Manning Center, which houses the football coaches offices, the team’s locker rooms, and an indoor practice facility, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Friday, April 29, 2016. Mississippi will investigate former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil’s comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school. The university said in a statement Friday it is "aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss" and "will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC." Tunsil was selected 13th overall Thursday night in the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle via AP)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2016/05/web1_110164410-698419c3d7114275a4e2c60661402833.jpgA pedestrian walks past the Manning Center, which houses the football coaches offices, the team’s locker rooms, and an indoor practice facility, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Friday, April 29, 2016. Mississippi will investigate former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil’s comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school. The university said in a statement Friday it is "aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss" and "will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC." Tunsil was selected 13th overall Thursday night in the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. (Bruce Newman, Oxford Eagle via AP)

By The Associated Press

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