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Report: Nutt Boots Arrested Players

Last Friday morning, Ole Miss football players Delvin Jones and Clarence Jackson were arrested for public intoxication.  Both were suspended indefinitely, though Houston Nutt said the incident — which wasn’t the first for either player — “probably (means) they’re going to be removed from the team.”

Moments ago, David Brandt of the Associated Press tweeted that both players have officially been dismissed from the Rebel squad.

For all the guff Nutt takes over his multiple roster moves, the coach is putting discipline first in this case.  Jackson — thanks to a knee injury to DT Shackelford this spring — was expected to claim a starting linebacker slot on the Rebel defense.

Jackson was suspended for four games last year when a television and DVD player belonging to the UM math department — gotta love that — were allegedly found in his possession.

Jones served as a reserve defensive lineman this spring.  He was suspended for two games last season for the dreaded “unspecified violation of team rules.”

Both players were sophomores.

On Friday, Nutt said, “We’ve had a really good January, February, March, April, this May.  We’ve got two selfish guys that just make a wrong, terrible decision that embarrasses the 98% that do it right, that’s what makes you so mad.  These guys have been talked to repeatedly.  That’s what bothers me.”

Apparently they won’t be bothering the coach anymore.

UPDATE — Here’s a statement from Nutt that UM released regarding the dismissals:


Clarence Jackson and Delvin Jones have been dismissed from the Ole Miss football program for violation of team rules.  I believe in trying to make a difference in a young man’s life, and second chances are a part of that.  However, you reach a point where you can’t through to them, and as a team, we have to move on.  We wish them the absolute best and hope they are able to get their lives in order.

 


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