By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
A decision on Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, and his status for the upcoming AllState Sugar Bowl, has been made. The second team AP All America will miss the matchup with Oklahoma State.
The decision was announced Sunday morning. It stems from Nkemdiche’s fall from an Atlanta hotel a week ago, and his misdemeanor charges involving marijuana.
Below are statements from both Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, and Nkemdiche.
“Last week, our Athletics Director and I informed Robert that he will not be joining us for the bowl game. In addition, Robert has decided to declare for the NFL Draft, and we will continue to support him as he prepares for the next chapter in his life. I look forward to sharing with NFL general managers and scouts what a unique and talented individual he is. Robert has made an immeasurable impact on our program, and we are forever indebted to him. He and his family will always be part of the Ole Miss family.”
“While I wish I could have finished this journey with my team, I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this program, and I am ready to begin the next phase of my life. I have learned a valuable lesson in the last week, and I look forward to showing NFL personnel that this is not representative of my true character. I want to thank my coaches, my teammates and Rebel Nation for their support these past three years, and I look forward to making them proud for years to come.”