The Monday before the Egg Bowl, head coach Houston Nutt announced that leading wide receiver Melvin Harris had been suspended for violating an unspecified team rules.
Thanks to Kyle Veazey of the Jackson Clarion Ledger, we now know what specifically led to the punishment ahead of the game with Mississippi State.
Harris, the paper reports, was arrested on Nov. 21 and charged with driving under the influence. Harris pulled over by campus police very early that Sunday morning for running a stop sign.
The arrest came hours after the Rebels’ loss to LSU.
Tuesday, Nutt addressed what’s been a spate of in-season arrests for several members of his football team.
“We’re going to hold them accountable, when you make foolish mistakes, you make stupid decisions,” the coach said.
“That happens from the word ‘Go’. We stress it every single day. Yeah, it’s disappointing when you have two, three guys make a horrible decision. It’s a selfish, selfish act.”
Despite missing the season finale, Harris finished his sophomore season No. 2 on the team in receptions (30), receiving yards (408) and receiving touchdowns (3).