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Laremy Tunsil Held Out for Ole Miss

The junior left tackle is being held out for the UT-Martin game presumably relating to allegations of improper benefits from Tunsil's stepfather this summer

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Starting left tackle Laremy Tunsil is being held out for Ole Miss' season opener against UT-Martin. The No. 17 Rebels released a statement Saturday morning:

As a precautionary measure, we are withholding Laremy Tunsil from today's game until the pending process can be completed. We are cooperating fully with the NCAA and feel this is the best way to protect Laremy, our football program and the university.

Presumably, this refers back to the legal situation from this summer after an altercation between Tunsil and his stepfather Lindsey Miller. Miller alleged that the incident was sparked by Tunsil "riding around with football agents." Charges were filed against both Tunsil and Miller for assault, but the charges against both parties were dropped. In addition to then agent allegations, Miller also told the Clarion Ledger that he knew of NCAA violations dating to Tunsil's enrollment at Ole Miss.

The statement released by Ole Miss did not specify the length of any suspension. For Saturday's game against UT-Martin, Fahn Cooper moved over from right tackle to fill in at left tackle.

For more Ole Miss coverage and followup with the ongoing Tunsil situation, visit SB Nation's Ole Miss site, Red Cup Rebellion.