October 18th, 2011 09:52 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Ole Miss
Tags: Brandon Bolden, Melvin Harris, Ole Miss, SEC
Let’s see if we can get hold of the current situation in Oxford this morning:
* The Rebels are currently 2-4 overall and just 0-3 in the SEC.
* The three league losses this season bring Ole Miss’ current SEC losing streak to nine games. Ed Orgeron went 0-8 in the league during his final season in Oxford, but Houston Nutt is the first Rebel coach in history to lose nine straight SEC contests.
* Up next for Nutt is his old school Arkansas. The Razorbacks are currently #9 in the BCS rankings and will be expected to roll Nutt and his Rebels on Saturday.
* Ole Miss was pummeled by Alabama this past Saturday, 52-7. That game came just two days after Nutt had to suspend four players for violations of team rules, including key offensive weapon Brandon Bolden.
* While the football program struggles, a fan group Forward Rebels continues to publicly push for the ouster of Nutt’s boss, Mississippi AD Pete Boone.
Oh, and Nutt had to dismiss a player yesterday, too. Just one day removed from learning that two starters on his defense would miss the rest of the season with broken bones.
If that’s not Hell, it can certainly be seen from The Grove at this point.
Wide receiver Melvin Harris was the player given the boot yesterday. Here’s what Nutt had to say about the move:
“I tell you, we’ve really tried to help him for three years and I don’t want to get all the way involved into everything, the scenario with this thing. He’s going to continue to go to school and hopefully get his life in order. He’ll probably transfer to a I-AA school and finish it out. But it’s just sad. But I know this, I know we did everything we could to help him. I know that.”
Harris didn’t play in the Rebels’ first three games of the season, but he did catch passes against Fresno State and Alabama. He was Mississippi’s second-leading receiver a year ago.
It’s a rough time to have ties to the Rebel football program. By my calculations, either frogs or locusts should be up next for Oxford.
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