BLOG — Disappointment was a word Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy used several times to describe the way he felt about dismissing guard Dundrecous Nelson and forward Jamal Jones from the team Thursday.The duo are no longer members of the team after violating team rules. Nelson, a sophomore from Jackson, was Ole Miss’ leading scorer and the team’s most experienced backcourt player. His dismissal from the team stems from his arrest early Wednesday morning by the Oxford Police Department on the charge of possession of paraphernalia. In the Affidavit of Arrest, Nelson stated under oath that he “willfully and unlawfully used paraphernalia to ingest or inhale a controlled substance in violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Law.”
Nelson was arrested at his residence and booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center. He was later released on a cash bond of $264. His court date in Oxford Municipal Court is Jan. 25 according to court documents.
Kennedy didn’t talk specifically about the arrest but said there are consequences to breaking team rules.
“It’s terribly disappointing. I’ve tried to be as honest with you guys in dealing with the media as I possibly can because I realize that everybody has a job to do. I realize, very clearly, that at the end of the day, when you make your living with numbers by your name, meaning Ws and Ls, that those numbers need to make sense for you to keep doing your job,” Kennedy said. “But it goes a lot deeper than that for me and for most coaches. When you see kids have to be dismissed for poor decisions that they’ve made at very influential times of their lives, it’s hurtful. It’s hurtful to me as their coach, it’s hurtful to the guy that brought them into our extended family. I’m terribly disappointed.”
“He was our leading scorer and he was certainly capable of scoring the basketball for us. It’s like anything else. When Murphy (Holloway) goes down and we lose our leading rebounder, you can’t automatically ask somebody to come in and get the 10 rebounds that Murph gets. We can ask everybody to do a little bit more in the approach as it relates to us losing Dundrecous,” Kennedy said about replacing Nelson.
Ole Miss opens SEC play Saturday at LSU. For more on the dismissal and a look at Saturday’s game, see Friday’s Sports section. (January 5, 2012)