Ole Miss coach suspends four players
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt suspended four players, including senior running back Brandon Bolden, for Saturday's game against second-ranked Alabama, the Clarion-Ledger reported Friday.
The suspensions were announced Thursday prior to practice, with Nutt then taking the unusual step of closing the session to reporters.
Nutt said the four players violated team rules, calling the development "disappointing," but declining to specify on what the players did to warrant the punishment.
In addition to Bolden, the team captain, the Rebels will face the vaunted Crimson Tide defense without center A.J. Hawkins, left guard Alex Washington and wide receiver Philander Moore. All four of the players have started at least one game this season.
Bolden has been slowed by a broken foot sustained in the first game of the season, but Nutt said earlier this week that he was getting close to full strength. Bolden has rushed for 2,237 yards in his career at Ole Miss, sixth in school history.
The Rebels, at 2-3 overall and 0-2 in SEC play, have a tough hill to climb against Alabama's top-ranked defense, which is allowing an average of just seven points per game.