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Ole Miss QB Randall Mackey arrested, suspended

Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:45 am
Edited on: August 23, 2011 12:49 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If you're locked in a down-to-the-wire battle for a starting quarterback job in the SEC, the last thing you'll want to do is get in some kind of off-field hot water that gives your coaches an excuse to look elsewhere. The last thing. Right?

Apparently Ole Miss's Randall Mackey didn't get the memo. The Clarion-Ledger is reporting that Mackey was involved in a fight at a local bar/music venue and arrested by Oxford police. He was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and released.

Houston Nutt then announced today that Mackey would "likely" be suspended for the Rebels' season opener against BYU.

On the scale of 1 to serious, an arrest for disorderly conduct following what seems to be a minor fracas falls somewhere in the 2-to-2.5 range, we're thinking; a Jordan Jefferson situation, this is not. But unlike Jefferson, Mackey had no margin for error where his efforts to win a starting job were concerned. His coaches have said multiple times this offseason that West Virginia transfer Barry Brunetti would take the first snap if the season "began today," and fellow former JUCO Zack Stoudt has brought a pocket-passing game that Mackey can't match.

After a Saturday scrimmage in which all three candidates had their positive and negative moments, Nutt was still playing coy about who he would ultimately name the starter--and it's entirely possible the Rebels could settle on a rotation once Mackey returns from suspension. (If we had to lay down a wager on the starter, we'd stick with Brunetti, the player whose skill set most closely resembles that of 2010 starter Jeremiah Masoli and who is now a heavy favorite to get the start against the Cougars.)

However you slice it, though, Mackey clearly already had a substantial challenge earning the No. 1 nod, and proving his leadership qualities -- or lack thereof -- by getting arrested hasn't done a thing to help him meet it.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 2:03 pm

Ole Miss QB Randall Mackey arrested, suspended

Mackey should transfer to LSU, their police and coaches are much more understanding.
That doesn't make any sense of course. Miles has a long reputation as a discipline guy (see Perrilloux); he just hasn't had to be a lot thankfully (but that probably has a lot to do with his coaching style - the guys love him and don't want to let him down).  It isn't like Miles is Petrino or Nutt, who actively recruit criminals. 

As far as the police go, again, there is a history of LSU players NOT being given special treatment.  It appears that any good policeman would want to hear both sides of a story before filing charges.  You already have contradictory statements from the witnesses.  I am not claiming innocence here, but doesn't it at least make sense to hear both sides before issuing arrest warrants? 

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:46 pm

Ole Miss QB Randall Mackey arrested, suspended

not good enough.
he needs to stay at Cold Piss

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:44 pm

Ole Miss QB Randall Mackey arrested, suspended

Mackey should transfer to LSU, their police and coaches are much more understanding.

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