After Laremy Tunsil’s social-media accounts were hacked last Thursday night, almost all of the chatter has centered on, well, Laremy Tunsil.
It may be time to shift the discussion toward Ole Miss, especially since Tunsil admitted that he accepted improper benefits from the university.
“They’ve got that NCAA colonoscopy coming up,” CBS Sports Network college football analyst Randy Cross said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones, prompting laughter from Gregg Giannotti and Brian Jones. “(What happens next) depends on what kind of truthfulness and what sort of stance Ole Miss takes. The NCAA has been rendered not irrelevant but pretty limited in what they can and cannot do or allowed to do in the world of college football. But this is definitely something that’s going to be right in their wheel house. There’s going to be appeals. There’s going to be a lot of things.”
Cross’ advice to the Rebels? Don’t be rebellious.
“If Ole Miss is smart, they fall on the sword,” he said. “If it’s possible to kind of self-report or self-penalize at this point, I would anticipate them trying to get out in front of this pretty hard.”
The Dolphins drafted Tunsil 13th overall – a precipitous drop given that many scouts and analysts had Tunsil as the top prospect in this year’s draft class.
But then again, that’s what happens when video surfaces of you smoking marijuana. And screenshots suggesting you violated NCAA rules.
“Teams get skittish,” Cross said. “Nothing better really shows you that than what happened to he and Myles Jack. Everyone assumes this is a 10-year league, that you’re going to draft a tackle to be a 10-year starter. Heck, (NFL teams) just announced that 12 of the 2013 first-round picks, they declined their fifth-year options. This is a short-term league. This isn’t about how long is a guy physically going to last. And if you do anything to screw up the way that they’re thinking (with) their metrics, you’re out of luck. It’s going to cost you literally millions.”
Still, Cross didn’t find Tunsil’s transgressions that egregious in the grand scheme of things.
“If I felt good about the people around him and I felt good about him, I would have drafted him anyway,” Cross said. “But I guess that’s just me. Maybe I grew up in a different time, but I look at what he did as something kind of youthful.”
Either way, he would advise all college students, especially student-athletes, to clean up their social-media accounts once they leave school.
“Everybody has access to that,” Cross said, “and if people around you want to sabotage you, it’s pretty doable.”