The Laremy Tunsil situation took another unusual turn Tuesday when his stepfather — the stepfather Tunsil reportedly was defending his mother from in a domestic violence arrest over the weekend — alleged the Ole Miss offensive lineman was meeting with agents at the time of the incident.
Riley Blevins of The Clarion-Ledger first reported the allegations.
Laremy Tunsil turned himself in Saturday, prompting Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze to issue a statement in support of the standout lineman. Tunsil’s stepfather’s allegations add another layer to this still-unfolding case.
Blevins notes that Tunsil merely meeting with certified agents does not jeopardize his eligibility. However, this new development certainly welcomes perhaps unwanted investigation from the NCAA.
Jake Trotter, ESPN.com
ESPN’s Jake Trotter has his finger on the pulse of the Big 12 Conference, and he offers a perhaps dire outlook for the league: Essentially, it’s expand or die.
Oklahoma president David Boren’s assertion that expansion from 10 teams is on the horizon has gained traction and generated debate. Expansion simply to expand does nothing to improve the value of the conference once TV negotiations arrive, but inaction during the last cycle of realignment left the Big 12 in its current state.
Roman Stubbs, Washington Post
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall re-upped his contract with the University of Maryland Tuesday. His deal now runs through 2019, and his salary jumps by $71,000 in the last two years.
Edsall stands to make $7.5 million from 2017 through 2019, though Roman Stubbs reports only $500,000 is guaranteed.
Edsall is entering his fifth season as the Terrapins head coach, coming off his first year in the Big Ten and the best campaign of his tenure thus far.
Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson told the Washington Post:
“I’ve looked at the body of work, and Randy has shown progression each and every year. The one thing coming in here, neither one of us knew that there was academic issues and some other things.”
Brandon Marcello, AL.com
I may not be a fan of the antiseptic environment neutral-field games played in billion-dollar NFL venues provides. However, seeing the rundown of season openers slated for play in the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, I’m heeding Stephen Stills’ advice and loving the one I’m with.
Next five college openers at Jerry World! 2015: Bama-Wiscy 2016: Bama-USC 2017: Florida-Michigan 2018: LSU-Miami 2019: Auburn-Oregon
— Bill Bender (@BillBender92) June 30, 2015
The 2019 rematch of the 2011 BCS Championship Game is eye-catching. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs explains why:
“Auburn and Oregon are two of the cool teams right now,” he said on Tuesday’s edition of The Paul Finebaum Show. “The kids want to play for us because we’re fun and we’re fast.”
Jacobs discussing what “the kids want” is comical. I picture it a bit like Bob Odenkirk as an out-of-touch Hollywood producer pleading for a film that appeals to “the kids, the hipsters!”
Allusions to Bob Odenkirk aside, a return engagement between the Ducks and Tigers is intriguing — even if it’s not for another four years.