OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, recently charged with marijuana possession after a 15-foot fall at an Atlanta hotel, won't play in the Sugar Bowl and will enter the NFL draft.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement Sunday the star junior ''will not be joining us'' for Jan. 1 game against Oklahoma State.
Nkemdiche has apologized for the incident in Atlanta and said in a statement Sunday he wishes he could have ''finished this journey with my team but is ''ready to begin the next phase of my life.''
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Nkemdiche is one of the country's top defensive linemen and a second-team AP All-American. He says he ''learned a valuable lesson in the last week'' and wants to show NFL personnel this is ''not representative of my true character.''