Three days after being indefinitely suspended from Ole Miss following yet another off-field incident, linebacker Clarence Jackson and defensive lineman Delvin Jones have been permanently banished from the football program.
Jackson and Jones were both arrested early Friday morning and charged with public drunkenness, and were hit with a suspension later that day.
After D.T. Shackelford suffered what’s likely a season-ending knee injury during spring practice, Jackson took over at weakside linebacker and was listed as No. 1 on the most recent depth chart. This was Jackson’s second arrest in less than a year; last September, he was hit with a burglary charge for allegedly stealing, among other things, a 46-inch flat-screen TV from a building that houses the school’s mathematics department.
Jackson played in four games as a true freshman last year.
Jones, a sophomore, played in just two games in 2010 before being one of two players suspended for the final two games of the year due to “bad freshman mistakes”.
UPDATED 2:39 p.m. ET: Here’s the statement from Nutt on the twin dismissals.
“Clarence Jackson and Delvin Jones have been dismissed from the Ole Miss football program for violation of team rules. I believe in trying to make a difference in a young man’s life, and second chances are a part of that. However, you reach a point where you can’t get through to them, and as a team, we have to move on. We wish them the absolute best and hope they are able to get their lives in order.”