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Sources: NCAA expands investigation into Ole Miss athletics

Laremy Tunsil (Source: WMC Action News 5) Laremy Tunsil (Source: WMC Action News 5)

The NCAA is expanding their investigation into the Ole Miss football team.

According to Yahoo! Sports, investigators interviewed players at two or more rival Southeastern Conference schools about the Rebels' recruiting process.

Sports Illustrated also confirmed the change in the investigation's status.

Previously, the investigation centered around former All-American offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, but these interviews indicate that the NCAA investigation expanded beyond that focus.

Tunsil was the center of a controversy in April on NFL draft night when his social media accounts were hacked, releasing a reported text conversation between Tunsil and Ole Miss Director of Football Operations John Miller.  In the exchanges, Tunsil asks Miller for money on two occasions.

NCAA denied WMC Action News 5's request for comment, citing policy that prevents them from sharing information on current, pending, or potential investigations. Ole Miss also declined to comment on the matter.

"I obviously hate to hear it and hopefully there won't be any sanctions, loss of scholarships, and we'll have a great season this year. I'm counting on it," Ole Miss fan Kenny Clark said.

In January, Ole Miss was charged with 28 violations, including 13 in football. Of those 13, nine happened under current head coach Hugh Freeze.

"I think it's a little concerning just because they've already done an investigation that they feel the need to do it again kind of concerns me as a fan," Mary Margaret Tardy said.

Despite the concern, fans are sticking by their coach.

"It definitely concerns me, but I just have so much faith in Hugh Freeze that he wouldn't have done anything outside out of the lines," Baker Elias said.

The Rebels open their football season in less than two weeks against number four Florida State.

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