Posted by Adam Jacobi
Two promising freshmen on the Ole Miss defense are in trouble today... and it's not the first time for either of them. According to the Oxford Crime Report, Delvin Jones and Clarence Jackson were arrested early this morning on charges of public intoxication.
As the article notes, Jackson had already been suspended after four games for the remainder of the 2010 season by Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt this year, but he had already earned his way in the starting lineup during spring play as a Will linebacker this year. Jones, meanwhile, played in two games as a true freshman at defensive end before earning a suspension late in the season for what the website reports was a couch-burning incident.
Both men are only 19 years old, so from a legal perspective they shouldn't have had access to alcohol at all, but that fact has no bearing on either man's arrest. The University Police Department in Oxford informed CBSSports.com that the main condition for arrest for public intoxication is exhibiting the classic signs of drunkenness -- not necessarily meeting a certain blood alcohol level that may vary by age, as with DUI charges. Further, the charges were filed at 3:40 in the morning, which is almost late/early enough to see the sun rise.
All of which is to say, it's quite unlikely that this is simply police railroading a couple kids who had only had a drink or two. Jackson and Jones deserve their day in court and are innocent until proven guilty, of course, but the facts as we know them so far are not exactly on the young men's side.
Houston Nutt announced through a spokesperson that both players were "suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules."