Happy Tuesday, Ole Miss fans.
Rebels coach Hugh Freeze spoke with the media for the first time in a couple of weeks Monday, and he addressed several topics, including defensive tackle Robert Nkemidche’s status, players who may declare for the NFL draft following the season, assistant coaches salaries and preparing for Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl.
Here are six things to know:
- Two days after falling 15-feet from his Atlanta hotel room, Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche was charged with possession of marijuana. An officer found several marijuana joints in Nkemdiche’s hotel room, according to the police report.
- Later Monday, a report from Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage said Nkemdiche was under the influence of synthetic marijuana at the time of the incident. The report also stated synthetic marijuana was used when Rebels linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, Robert’s brother, was hospitalized in November.
- When Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze addressed the media Monday, he did not have an answer as to whether or not Nkemdiche would be available to play in the Sugar Bowl. Freeze said he wants to gather all the facts and have a meeting with Nkemdiche until he makes a decision public.
- The 911 call from Nkemdiche’s fall was released Monday. The woman who made the call did not witness the fall, but she said Nkemdiche was bloody and “delirious.”
- In other off-the-field news, the Rebels have put in paperwork to get draft evaluations for tight end Evan Engram and defensive end Fadol Brown. Freeze is confident defensive back Tony Conner will return, but he’s not quite sure about Engram.
- On the football side of things, Ole Miss began practice for the Sugar Bowl Monday. It is the beginning of a more focused preparation schedule that Freeze is hoping makes a difference when the Rebels face Oklahoma State.
Other Ole Miss news from around the Internet
- Nkemdiche’s incident not only comes on the heels of Ole Miss’ first Sugar Bowl appearance in 46 years, but it also is just months before Nkemdiche was projected to be a top-five NFL draft pick. Brandon Adams offers some advice to the junior defensive tackle.
- Is former Rebels quarterback Eli Manning the best SEC offensive player since 1982? That’s for you to decide. Manning is up against former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel in the round of 32. Vote for your pick HERE.
- The reputation of the SEC has never been more fragile in the past 15 years, and everyone is waiting for the bowl season in hopes to cut down on the SEC. That’s why Ole Miss must carry the banner for the conference in the Sugar Bowl, writes SEC Country’s Jay Clemons.
- Ole Miss basketball is back in action Tuesday, as it hosts Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. ET. Here are the game notes, courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.