SEC: Jamar Hornsby

Ole Miss parts ways with Hornsby

July, 31, 2009
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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.

Ole Miss signee Jamar Hornsby indicted

July, 31, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Here's an update on Ole Miss signee Jamar Hornsby, thanks to Parrish Alford of The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Hornsby was indicted in court on felony assault, although the indictment read assault with "feet and fist" and didn't mention brass knuckles, which he was originally accused of using during the March 1 incident in Starkville, Miss.

Hornsby's trial date was set for Nov. 2. He was already on probation in Florida. He faces an uphill battle in terms of being able to play this season for the Rebels, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt had already said that Hornsby wouldn't practice with the team until his legal issues are resolved.

Hornsby's future at Ole Miss remains murky

July, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

It doesn't appear the legal problems of Ole Miss signee Jamar Hornsby are going to be resolved anytime soon, which doesn't help his chances of playing this season for the Rebels.

Hornsby's attorney, Steve Farese Sr., said he expects his client to be indicted Friday on charges of felony aggravated assault and petit larceny. Farese said Hornsby plans to plead not guilty. Hornsby's accused of hitting a man in March with brass knuckles during an altercation at a McDonald's drive-thru in Starkville, Miss.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has said repeatedly that he wants to see how the legal process plays out before making any kind of decision on Hornsby, who was already on probation following his conviction on misdemeanor credit card fraud while playing for Florida.

Hornsby, who was kicked off the Florida team prior to the 2007 season, pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor counts of fraudulent credit card use after he spent nearly $3,000 on a gas card that belonged to the deceased girlfriend of Florida cornerback Joe Haden. She was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Hornsby spent last season at East Mississippi Community College and was expected to vie for immediate playing time in Ole Miss' secondary. But Nutt said Hornsby won't practice with the team until his case is resolved. The Rebels open practice Aug. 10.

With a felony charge hanging out there and given Hornsby's past, this is going to be a tough sell for Nutt, who said back in May that he remained hopeful that Hornsby would be a part of the Rebels' program this season.

Nutt, Rebels not giving up on Hornsby

May, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

DESTIN, Fla. -- Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt isn't giving up on troubled signee Jamar Hornsby and remains hopeful that the junior college safety will be a part of the Rebels' program.

"Talking to him, lawyers, his mama, coaches, people that have been around him, I think there's a lot of good there," Nutt said. "But again, we'll wait until that court case and find out exactly what happens there. I'm hoping that we'll have a chance to get him in our family and get going. But I don't know for sure."

Hornsby's trial date was pushed back to Aug. 12. He was arrested March 1 and charged with felony assault and petit larceny after being accused of hitting somebody with brass knuckles. Ole Miss had given him a second chance after he was kicked off Florida's team prior to the 2008 season.

Hornsby, who attended East Mississippi Community College last year, pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor counts of fraudulent credit card use after he spent nearly $3,000 on a gas card that belonged to the deceased girlfriend of Florida cornerback Joe Haden. She was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Hornsby was sentenced to a year of probation, and this latest charge could potentially affect that probation.

Nutt said a big part of Hornsby's fate with the Rebels would hinge on what happens to him during the legal process.

Hornsby's future at Ole Miss still in limbo

March, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Wednesday that the status of signee Jamar Hornsby, who's had a history of legal trouble, remains in limbo.

"I'm still gathering facts. I don't know everything yet," said Nutt, whose Rebels begin spring practice on Friday. "There's still a court date out there."

Hornsby, who's attending East Mississippi Community College, was arrested earlier this month and charged with felony aggravated assault and petit larceny. A man said Hornsby assaulted him with brass knuckles at a McDonalds' drive-thru in Starkville, Miss.

Hornsby was already on probation after taking a plea in a misdemeanor credit card fraud case. He was kicked off the Florida team prior to the 2007 season after being arrested and charged with making 70 fraudulent credit card charges. The card belonged to the girlfriend of Hornsby's then-Florida teammate, Joe Haden. She had been killed in a motorcycle accident six months earlier.

Nutt said he wished Hornsby, a defensive back, had been on Ole Miss' campus the last few months like some of the signees who enrolled early.

"You've got those guys under your roof," Nutt said. "They're in your family. You've got your eyes on them 24-7 for the most part."

In other news, Nutt said the number of players the Rebels signed in February -- 38 --  was deceiving. Only 25 are allowed to be placed on scholarship this fall, but Nutt predicted that the numbers would work out just fine.

"You've got about seven guys which we knew for sure weren't going to make it academically," Nutt said. "But they love Ole Miss, and what we were doing was helping out the Mississippi junior colleges. We're going to place them in those schools. So, really, you're down to about 27.

"You've got to do the math right."

As it stands right now, Nutt said the Rebels are only two over the 25 limit.

"Just take my word for it. It's going good," said Nutt, adding that he would probably never sign as many as 38 in a class again. "We're in good shape."

Nutt said one of his biggest concerns entering the spring was the left side of the offensive line, especially with left tackle Michael Oher gone. Sophomore Bradley Sowell, used as a blocking tight end last season, will get first crack at left tackle, and sophomore Rishaw Johnson moves in at right guard.

"It's a concern, not because they don't want to, but because they haven't played ... and then the depth," Nutt said. "That's why it was important to get an Emmanuel McCray, Michael Brown, Bobby Massie, A.J. Hawkins and a Logan Clair. You had to have that group, because they're going to be involved in the depth."

With some people picking the Rebels in the top 10 for next season, Nutt said the coaches' antennas have been up all offseason.

He said his message to the team has been simple: "You're on the radar. This time last year, you were not. You could sneak into the Swamp, get a victory and get out. But you can't this year. You've got to work harder. You think you're working hard? You've got to work harder."

Defensive end Greg Hardy is in a walking boot and still recovering from his foot surgery, but Nutt said Hardy has been to all of the 5:30 a.m. runs with the rest of his teammates.

"He's made every meeting. I've been very proud of his attitude," Nutt said. "It's the best I've ever seen it."

Nutt gathering facts in Hornsby arrest

March, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has released a statement through the university and said he's gathering all the facts in Jamar Hornsby's arrest before making a decision on Hornsby's status with the team.

"We're looking into the matter and trying to gather all the facts," Nutt said in the statement. "Once all the facts are in, we will make a decision."

David Brandt of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger has reported more of the details surrounding Hornsby's arrest on March 1 in Starkville. According to the arrest report, the complaint filed said Hornsby used brass knuckles while hitting another guy repeatedly in the head area, causing a fractured nose, busted lips, swollen jaw and other cuts.

The altercation started after Hornsby was involved in a minor traffic accident with another car in a drive-thru at McDonald's around 2:15 that morning, according to police.

Hornsby, who was kicked off the Florida team last year, was already on probation after pleading no contest to charges he fraudulently used a former Florida student's gas credit card after she was killed in a motorcyle accident in 2007. He signed with Ole Miss in February after spending the last year at East Mississippi Community College.

More trouble for Ole Miss' Hornsby

March, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Maybe Ole Miss signee Jamar Hornsby has a good explanation for what happened last week in Starkville when he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and petit larceny.

If he doesn't, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt had better have a good explanation for keeping him.

There were some eyes raised around the conference when the Rebels signed Hornsby in February. He was already on probation after pleading no contest last December to four counts of unauthorized use of a credit card.

The story only gets worse when you consider that the credit card belonged to Florida student Ashley Slonina, who died in a motorcycle accident along with Florida walk-on player Michael Guilford in 2007. Hornsby was charged with making 70 fraudulent charges on Slonina's gas credit card and running up thousands of dollars following her death. He was arrested in May of last year and immediately kicked off Florida's team by coach Urban Meyer.

According to Slonina's father, Hornsby had helped to clean out his daughter and Guilford's apartment the day after their deaths. She was also the girlfriend of Hornsby's then-Florida teammate, Joe Haden.

It wasn't the first time Hornsby had been in trouble at Florida, either. In April 2007, he was cited on misdemeanor criminal mischief charges when he threw a man on the hood of a car during a fight, causing $750 in damages. Hornsby was also suspended from playing against Georgia in 2007 for selling his tickets to the game, which is an NCAA violation.

Following his dismissal from Florida, Hornsby transferred to East Mississippi Community College and earned junior college All-America honors.

Ole Miss wasn't the only school in the SEC who thought Hornsby deserved a second chance. He also visited Tennessee during the recruiting process.

But the Rebels, needing secondary help, pulled the trigger on him and were hopeful he would be an immediate contributor in the fall.

There's a chance now that he may never make it to campus, although Ole Miss defensive backs coach Kim Dameron told David Brandt of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger that the program planned to honor his scholarship.

The reports from the Starkville Police Department have been sketchy as to what led to Hornsby's arrest. But if he's guilty of what he's been charged with, there's clearly a pattern here.

And that one's on Nutt and the administration at Ole Miss for signing off on taking him in the first place.

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