Friday, February 4, 2005
Indiana says transfer wants to return
JACKSON, Miss. -- It's tough to track BenJarvus Green-Ellis
on the field, and even tougher to follow him off of it.
University of Mississippi officials on Friday said the transfer
from Indiana is attending classes at Ole Miss and has signed to
play for the Rebels -- even after Indiana's coach said the running
back is contemplating a return to his old school.
Leah Miller, the NCAA certification officer at Ole Miss,
confirmed that Green-Ellis has been enrolled at the school in
Oxford, Miss., since late last month. School spokesman Langston
Rogers said the running back signed a Southeastern Conference
athletic scholarship earlier this week.
The running back's status has been muddied during the past two
Indiana's leading rusher during the past two seasons,
Green-Ellis announced he was leaving the Hoosiers on Jan. 26
because he wanted to pursue opportunities closer to home.
The New Orleans native was announced as one of 28 players
signing with Ole Miss on Wednesday, the first day of the national
"He wanted to come back home, and he had an opportunity to come
back home," Rebels coach Ed Orgeron said. "He's a proven football
player in college. He's proved that he can play at a high level and
I think he's going to come in and play for us two years from now."
But also that day, Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner told reporters
that Green-Ellis called another Hoosiers coach and said he wanted
to return to the team.
Indiana's athletic director for compliance told The Indianapolis
Star that the running back could return to the Bloomington, Ind.,
school as long as he hasn't attended any football meetings or
practices at Ole Miss.
Green-Ellis did not return e-mails from The Associated Press
seeking comment. His telephone number in Oxford is unlisted.
Hoeppner could not be reached for comment.
Green-Ellis carried 231 times for 794 yards last season. He also
had 14 receptions for 80 yards. In two seasons, he had 1,732 yards
rushing and 12 touchdowns.