MTSU football says allegations of player physically abused 10 years ago are ‘unfounded’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Middle Tennessee and coach Rick Stockstill have denied allegations that a player was mistreated 10 years ago and that the school altered NCAA drug tests. 

Travis Hamilton, who runs Vol Sports Network via a Facebook account, said Friday night that Mike Williams, a former starting offensive lineman (2008-11), was involved in a physical altercation with former offensive line coach Jimmy Ray Stephens in 2008 after a disagreement during a team drill.

Hamilton said that Williams told him that Stephens ran at him and punched him three or four times in the face and then tried to choke him out. Williams told Hamilton that Stockstill separated the two and told Williams that he would handle Stephens. 

Hamilton, who describes himself in his Twitter bio as a "Southern man & vol 4 life. Love whiskey, love of my wife & kids, guns, merica, backyards, fishing, and tearin up what ain't nailed down. Founder & host of #VSPN", made the allegations public in a series of tweets earlier Friday. 

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