Elston suspended by SEC

Ole Miss freshman defensive back Trae Elston has a lot to learn, but he won’t be learning on the field against Texas.

Late in the Rebels’ win over UTEP, Elston placed a hit on receiver that could be heard in the stands. The crowd responded not with cheers but with the verbal recognition of the ferocity of the hit. The SEC responded to the vulnerability of the receiver and has suspended Elston for one game.

The play resulted in an incomplete pass, and no flag was thrown against Elston.

SEC Media Relations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Upon review of game tapes of the football game between University of Texas-El Paso and Ole Miss, played in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has announced that Ole Miss freshman defensive back Trae Elston has been suspended for the Sept. 15 Texas at Ole Miss football game.

This action was the result of a flagrant and dangerous act which occurred at the 3:18 mark in the fourth quarter.  The action is in violation of Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule Book, which reads, “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder,” and Rule 9-1-3 which states, “No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet.”

This action is taken in accordance with Southeastern Conference Constitution, Article 4.4.2 (d) which states that a student-athlete may be suspended if it is determined that the student-athlete has committed a flagrant or unsportsmanlike act.

Here is the Hugh Freeze response from Ole Miss:

“We are disappointed to lose Trae for this weekend, but we are moving forward as a team and focused on Texas.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Norm nichols

    Unbelievable! Norm

  • I watched that play happen live and find this ruling absolutely ridiculous, this is just one more reason the referees and commissioner are trying to insert themselves into the game, don’t even get me started on the new helmet rule. From what I saw, this was a clean hit, he did not launch himself, nor did he make contact with the head. He led with his shoulder directly into his chest, and that is a clean hit. I honestly don’t know what they expect from these players cause things are always moving so fast it’s almost impossible to adjust to such a small area. If anything, I could argue that it was maybe a little bit late, but to say it was a dangerous and flagrant hit is a joke. Consider what little respect I had left for the rules committee gone.

  • Archaeo

    It probably might not have been to big a deal if that Tulane player hadn’t had the neck/back injury he suffered last weekend though. To err on the side of caution will probably be the name of the game for a while now.

  • that was a very hard but clean hit. i guess he should have held back some and let the player catch the ball for a touchdown.

  • old_rebel1

    this is how Slive sends a msg to his darlings, ALA,LSU,GA. Cant limit their players for a contest, so he picks on what he considers a smaller school not currently in the hunt. The hit was legal and Mike Slive should be publicly taken to task to look at film and show by video evidence what he “saw”. The tape clearly shows Elston did NOTLAUNCH & did NOT hit head , but rather hit cleanly to chest. Hitting hard is part of football, that is why girls dont play the game!

  • The Ghost of Col. Reb

    Slive the Slime

  • Parrish Alford

    I have looked repeatedly at the Elston hit and the hit by the Vanderbilt defender on the South Carolina receiver. Can’t see how one rates a suspension, and the other one doesn’t.


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