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Ole Miss parts ways with Hornsby

7/31/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has spoken, and troubled signee Jamar Hornsby will not be a part of the Rebels' football team.

Not long after Hornsby was indicted in court Friday on a felony assault charge, Nutt released a statement saying that he wished Hornsby well, but that Hornsby would not be a part of the Ole Miss football team.

The translation: You're not going to see many (if any) players on scholarship in the SEC with a felony indictment hanging over their heads.

Part of Nutt's plan all along with Hornsby was to let this play out in court with the hope that the felony charge might go away or be reduced. But when Hornsby was indicted Friday, it was pretty obvious that he wasn't going to be playing football for the Rebels this season.

Nutt took a chance on Hornsby, and it didn't work out. Coaches take similar chances all the time. Sometimes they're rewarded. Sometimes they're burned.

What the release of Hornsby does is leave the Rebels a little thin in the secondary. They were hopeful that he could come in and push for a starting job at safety this fall.