Hugh Freeze had to address another off-field incident involving linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche today after practice.
There’s a video circulating from Nkemdiche on spring break (has been deleted) yelling expletives at Mississippi State fans (What college kid hasn’t done that, right?). Nkemdiche is currently suspended for spring practice and the first game of the season due to an offseason arrest for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. When asked about the video, Coach Freeze said he’s aware of it and has already spoken to Nkemdiche about it, according to Inside Ole Miss Sports.
“I’m not happy with it. Not proud of it. Hope he’s not,” Freeze said. “It’s definitely not what we want to be about, and the way you want to handle it regardless of what initiated it or caused it. There’s a way to handle adversity and controversy, and it’s certainly not that. That’s been made very clear to him. I felt comfortable with what we’re doing with the process of him regaining his rightful place on this team. Obviously that’s not a step in the right direction.
“As part of the whole process, it will weigh in on everything. That is not who we want to be about, how we want to go about doing things.
“It’s just going to be part of the … the process may be longer now. I’m not going to be put in a box on it. I feel very comfortable with the way we’re going about it. He’ll have to change some of his ways to get back right with us.”
The former freshman All-American is in Freeze’s doghouse and has a ways to go to get back into good graces, but Freeze sounds confident with the process Ole Miss has in place.
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