Monday, August 12, 2013
Summer Shootaround: SEC
By ESPN.com staff
Catching up on news and notes from the SEC offseason while looking ahead to 2013-14 with predictions and analysis.
Here’s an excerpt from Myron Medcalf’s five biggest offseason storylines:
1. Marshall Henderson suspended: Henderson (20.1 PPG) led Ole Miss to a win in the NCAA tournament weeks after the program had appeared to stumble into the NIT. His effort also helped Andy Kennedy change his status from "coach on the hot seat" to "coach with an extension." But Henderson was also known for his, uh, flamboyant demeanor, one that affected his performances on and off the court. Tweets about guzzling beers and something called White Girl Wednesday made the former junior college standout the most enigmatic character in college basketball last season. But he was suspended in July due to multiple failed drug tests. In addition, police allegedly found marijuana and cocaine in his vehicle during a traffic stop in May. Henderson's return or potential dismissal will be the most important storyline for both Ole Miss and the entire SEC. The Rebels have lost two of their top three scorers. Henderson would make three. He carried the program last season, but his off-court behavior could bring doom in 2013-14.