By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson, last year’s SEC scoring leader, will miss three regular season games, one of them against rival Mississippi State.
The school released the details of Henderson’s suspension in a Tuesday morning email.
Ole Miss announced in July that Henderson was suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.
After that announcement, The Wall Street Journal cited police reports that Henderson had been pulled over by city police on suspicion of speeding and was found to be in possession of drugs of such a small amount that an officer did not believe an arrest would have been prosecuted.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy has fielded multiple Henderson-related questions in preseason news conferences to discuss the upcoming season and has said only that Henderson has done what’s been asked of him during his suspension.
“Marshall has been compliant with the process put in place for him,” Kennedy said in the news release.
Suspension starts Friday
Henderson will miss Friday’s exhibition game against South Carolina-Aiken. He will miss the season opener against Troy on Nov. 8 and will miss the first two SEC games – at home against Auburn on Jan. 9 and at MSU on Jan. 11.
Earlier this month, Kennedy said Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork would be involved in determining the specifics of Henderson’s suspension.
“I support this decision, and I am thankful to our leadership for allowing Marshall the opportunity to earn the right to rejoin our team,” Kennedy said. “We look forward to him being back on our team.”
Henderson averaged 22.5 points in the four games against Auburn and MSU last year. He was much better at home – 28 against Auburn and 31 against MSU – than on the road, where he scored 15 at Auburn and 16 in Starkville.
“I want to thank coach Kennedy, Ross Bjork and the university for giving me an opportunity to rejoin the team,” Henderson said. “This has been a difficult time for me, and I appreciate this chance. My teammates and I are looking forward to defending our SEC championship.”