Hugh Freeze on Laremy Tunsil drama: 'I was shocked'
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze understated things when he said the Rebels have had "some adversity around our place" since the NFL draft. He was referring, of course, to the drama around offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the Dolphins' first-round pick, who admitted to taking money from coaches in college.
During Thursday's SEC West coaches' teleconference, Freeze said his school's administration is still investigating the facts regarding the possible NCAA violation. He said he didn't know anything else about the case and said last week's news surprised him.
"I was shocked like everyone else, living it out in real time," Freeze said.
A few other notes from the conference call with reporters:
Alabama coach Nick Saban wouldn't comment on reported recruiting violations regarding former defensive line coach Bo Davis. Saban said the Crimson Tide has interviewed a few candidates to fill the void, but "now is not really a great time for people to be looking for work and out of jobs..."
LSU coach Les Miles said cornerback Saivion Smith (a St. Petersburg native) is one of the Tigers' true freshmen who could make an immediate impact this fall. "Long, athletic and very capable there..." Miles said.
Auburn's Gus Malzahn said he had no update on the four Tigers who were arrested last week on a complaint of marijuana possession. Two of the players - former Armwood High star defensive lineman Byron Cowart and ex-Lakewood High athlete Ryan Davis - are from Tampa Bay.