JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron said Monday
he has suspended defensive end Greg Hardy for a violation of team
Orgeron said the suspension is indefinite and offered few
details, though he did say later that the Southeastern Conference's
sack leader was not in legal trouble.
"I think I have a very, very disciplined team," Orgeron said.
"I think the guys know if they violate team rules there are
Hardy, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound sophomore from Memphis, leads the SEC with eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.
He was left home and did not play in Saturday's 17-3 loss at
Auburn. The Rebels play Northwestern State of the Football
Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) on Saturday in
Hardy, perhaps the team's best athlete and a young star in the
SEC, had started just four of eight games before the Auburn game
with no explanation from Orgeron.
Hardy is at least the third Ole Miss player to lose starts for
apparent disciplinary reasons. Offensive lineman Corey Actis and
John Jerry were both demoted earlier this season.
When asked if a "trend" of discipline problems was developing,
Orgeron said he would not even repeat the word.
"As I look across the country I see guys getting arrested, I
see guys being put in jail," Orgeron said. "I haven't seen any of
that with my players. I think we run a very strict, disciplined
program here. I feel I have a very well-behaved team."