For those expecting Laremy Tunsil to expound on Thursday night’s revelation, you were sorely disappointed.
Friday evening, following a strange hiccup that involved a purported allergic reaction, Tunsil was introduced to the Miami media as the first-round pick of the Dolphins. Not surprisingly, Tunsil was asked about the events of last night, from the gas-mask bong hit to the hacked Instagram account displaying damning text messages that could leave Ole Miss in further NCAA hot water to seemingly acknowledging in the affirmative during a post-draft press conference that he had received money from a Rebels staffer.
Not surprisingly, the sequel, Tunsil wasn’t touching last night’s developments.
“I’m just here to talk about the Miami Dolphins,” Tunsil responded in one variation or another when asked a handful of times about the video and potential NCAA issues.
In the aftermath of the allegations and admission, Ole Miss released a statement in which the university vowed to “aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC.”
Arrest Week at CFT continues unabated, with New Mexico the latest program to find one of its players running afoul of the law.
The Lobos’ Michael Walsh, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting, was arrested on multiple charges following a traffic stop late Saturday night. In addition to driving while intoxicated, the tight end was charged with having no vehicle registration, having no proof of insurance and blocking traffic.
From the Journal‘s report:
According to police, Walsh was approached after the white Ford SUV he was driving sat through multiple light cycles at the I-40/Juan Tabo exit ramp. He was found asleep or unconscious in the driver’s seat, police said. Upon awakening, he exhibited a strong smell of alcohol and acknowledged he had been drinking.
Walsh originally refused a breathalyzer test, according to the complaint, but later provided two samples at or above twice the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08 percent.
“I want to be consistent with these matters, and we’re still in the process of gathering information,” Lobos head coach Bob Davie said Monday. “But there will be some penalty. Obviously, it’s a very serious situation.”
After beginning his career as a quarterback at a Texas junior college, Walsh moved on to UNM as a walk-on wide receiver in 2014. He subsequently moved to tight end and, while he has yet to catch a pass, has become a significant contributor on special teams.
New Mexico defensive back Markel Byrd was killed in a car accident last December, just days before Christmas. Though he may be gone, he has not been forgotten. Last week the University of New Mexico Board of Regents voted to award a posthumous degree in his honor.
Byrd remains an influence with the Lobos this spring. Players on the team wear a wristband with Byrd’s name on it for inspiration.
Byrd was ejected from a car in a one-vehicle accident last December on a road trip back to California, where he was from. Byrd was driving the car when he lost control following a blowout. He was killed instantly after being ejected from the car and his girlfriend was placed in critical condition.
Helmet sticker to Dr. Saturday.
It’s time once again to reset the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker, although this time it’s an assistant coach responsible for the resetting.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico running backs coach Apollo Wright was arrested Thursday night and charged with driving while intoxicated. What led to the initial traffic stop has yet to be detailed.
In a statement, head coach Bob Davie expressed disappointment over the development, although the Lobos boss declined to address any type of punishment his assistant may face.
“Last (Thursday) night one of our assistant football coaches Apollo Wright informed me that he had been arrested for a DUI,” a statement from Davie began. “This is obviously disappointing and a very serious matter. I will continue to evaluate this as it unfolds.”
Provided he keeps his job, Wright will be entering his fourth season with the Lobos in 2016.
The coaching carousel in college football went for a wild ride this season, but New Mexico managed to avoid losing Bob Davie to another school. Now, New Mexico is rewarding Davie for his loyalty to the program with a contract extension.
Earlier today New Mexico released a statement saying the school has given Davie a two-year contract extension, which will keep Davie in Albuquerque through the 2021 season. The contract extension comes packaged with a $50,000 raise that kicks in on July 1.
“Under the leadership of Coach Davie, our football program has transformed both on and off the field,” said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. “We have a healthy future for our program, and I’m excited to have Coach Davie lead us.”
In 2015, New Mexico paid Davie $773,940, which ranked seventh among Mountain West Conference coaches. Once his raise takes effect on July 1, Davie will move up one spot among MWC coaches, passing San Diego State head coach Rocky Long barring any other contract changes before then. In four years at New Mexico, Davie has coached the Lobos to a record of 18-32 but is coming off a winning season and bowl appearance after tkaing over a program that went just 3-37 in the 40 games prior to his arrival.