College Football News June 28: Ole Miss Star Laremy Tunsil in Domestic Dispute

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Given recent football offseasons have been marred with headlines of arrests, the words “domestic violence” should make some instinctively recoil. However, the arrest of Ole Miss star offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil appears layered, based on initial reports.

This situation is no less troubling than any other instance of domestic violence, as Laremy Tunsil was reportedly forced into a situation to protect his mother from his stepfather, per ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy.

But the nature of Tunsil’s arrest prompted Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze to express pride in his offensive lineman:

We can confirm that Laremy Tunsil turned himself in and was arrested for a misdemeanor, domestic violence-simple assault. The incident occurred Thursday night and involves Laremy defending his mother against his stepfather.

Laremy realizes he could have handled it differently, but I am proud of him for standing up for his mother and protecting his family. Laremy and his mother have also pressed charges against the stepfather. As we gather more facts, we will act and make decisions accordingly.

When Alabama took on ousted Georgia lineman Jonathan Taylor in the offseason, I advocated universal standards for evaluating players’ worthiness for second chances. But universal standards doesn’t mean that all off-field issues should be treated the same.

Certainly more details in Laremy Tunsil’s arrest will emerge. In the meantime, this is certainly an unfortunate yet unique situation likely to be handled much differently than other domestic violence arrests.

Utah State Football Players in Friday Car Accident Upgraded to Stable Condition

Jason Turner, Herald Journal

Four Utah State football players injured in a car accident Friday have been upgraded from serious to stable condition. Speaking to reporters Saturday, Utah State head coach Matt Wells gave an update:

I’ve seen all four of our guys today and gotten reports back from Sarah that (she’s improving), but all of those guys are stable and trying to rest and recover. Bottom line is they’re in a lot of pain and discomfort, but they’re very fortunate and we all are fortunate that they’re alive and they’re going to be OK eventually.

The four Aggies — defensive linemen Travis Seefeldt, John Taylor, Edmund Faimalo and Adewale Adeoye — and USU softball player Sarah Vasquez were T-boned at the intersection Utah state roads 142 and 23 by a semi-truck.

Kevin McGuire of NBC Sports reports none of the athletes involved were wearing seat belts.

Lafayette Football Player Brian Keller Will Live Forever in the Minds and Hearts of Those Who Knew Him

Brad Wilson, Lehigh Valley Live

The death of Lafayette tight end Brian Keller earlier this week is a tragic reminder of just how short life can be. For those who knew Keller, however, Brad Wilson paints a beautiful picture of the impact a person can have on others in their time here.

Wilson details Keller and his Leopards teammates celebrating at Yankee Stadium after defeating Lehigh last November in the most-played rivalry in college football history. That image of Keller, with youthful exuberance on his face as he sang, is the enduring photo publications are running with news of his passing.

But Wilson delves further into the person behind that photograph. It’s a terrific read celebrating a life that deserves it, and a reminder that how we treat others is our longest lasting legacy.