Robert Nkemdiche to miss Sugar Bowl, ending OM career

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.

Freeze

“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.”

 

Nkemdiche:

“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.”

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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  • Cal Bell

    I must give Freeze my seal of approval for NOT letting #5 participate in the Sugar Bowl. Of course, he really had no choice, from a PR perspective.

    • sally sue

      So, do you think that mullen will allow the two players arrested to participate in the belk bowl? So far state has not issued a statement on that one and the two have been practicing as if nothing happened.

      • Cal Bell

        I haven’t any idea what decisions Mullen might make. He doesn’t flaunt his religion like Freeze. I’ve heard from Ole Muss fans that he’s a Scientologist, so he may think differently.

        • saly sue

          What on earth does religion have to do with it? If it is right to suspend players it is right to suspend players. Why bring up religion other than to divert?

  • Cal Bell

    I think Mullen is taking the Freeze approach, using phrases like we’ll let ALL the facts get sorted out, then make a decision. Then, he’ll say we’re PRAYING for answers and we’ve all made these mistakes when we’re young. That’s a direct quote from Freeze, after the”Spice Boys” allegedly beat Frat boy, or was it the alleged gay slurs by the Spice Boys or the alleged disturbing the peace the peace by the spice boys,or this latest

    • sally sue

      thank you for demonstrating your hypocrisy.

  • Cal Bell

    So let’s make a bet. If Oky St. beats the bears, then nobody can dispute anything and I mean ANYTHING, that I post. If the bears win, I won’t ever post another word.

    • huh

      Why on earth would anyone here bet now on some big 12 match up next year?

    • huh

      You have promised in the past to quit posting if Ole Miss won one game or another. You’ve never kept your promise. You keep coming back.

  • Cal Bell

    Freeze better out padlocks on the doors at the Hyatt in New Orleans or there’ll be so many arrests, he won’t be able to field a team. Look for at least 2 arrests, that we hear about, not counting the ones that’ll be swept under the rug. Archie probably is well connected to the nopd.

  • Cal Bell

    Braking news!! Denzel Nkemdichi, per report of Clarion Ledger, was on the “Spice” again??!! How dumb can one person be? Bet Freeze ids glad to be through with the “Spice Boys”.

    • Heather

      What kind of absolute scum goes online to anonymously make fun of a young man in the hospital for trying to commit suicide?

      • concerned

        A msu fan. That question was too easy!

  • Cal Bell

    Merry Christmas everyone!! May there be peace all over the world.

    • Heather

      Maybe santa will bring you a life. Are you going to visit the hospital so you can spit on the people there and mock them?

  • Cal Bell

    When I was 5, my mother said the key to life is happiness. When I started school, they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said “happy”. They told me that I didn’t understand my assignment. I told them, they didn’t understand life.-John Lennon

  • Cal Bell

    Wasn’t making fun. Just saying how dumb it was the first time. This time it’s double dumb. He had a chance of being drafted in late rounds, but he can kiss the NFL goodbye. Doubt if he was committing suicide by smoking spice.

  • Cal Bell

    and maybe Santa will bring you some prescription glasses so you can see the truth. I hope Santa brings peace and LOVE!! God Bless Ringo!!!!


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