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Moore dismissed following domestic violence arrest

Ole Miss receiver Philander Moore was arrested late Saturday and charged with domestic violence simple assault.

According to Oxford police chief Joseph East, Oxford Police Department officers responded to a call of a disturbance at the Taylor Bend living complex at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, and after interviewing persons involved in the disturbance, Moore was arrested and charged with domestic violence simple assault and taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center.

Sunday, the rising senior was given an initial appearance by a judge and Monday he was released on bond.

Following Wednesday’s practice, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged the arrest and said he was still gathering information to appropriately determine Moore’s standing with the team.

Thursday morning it was announced that Moore was dismissed from the team for a “violation of team rules,” a team spokesman confirmed.

Expectations were somewhat high for Moore when he signed with Ole Miss’ former coaching staff after being named a freshman All-American at Blinn Community College as a return specialist.

The home-run threat he showed in junior college never materialized at Ole Miss, however, as he struggled to see regular playing time.

As a sophomore, Moore returned 10 kicks for an average of 21.7 yards and four punts for an average of negative 1.8 yards.

His numbers didn’t improve last season under Freeze as he didn’t field a single kickoff and only averaged negative 1.4 yards on five punt returns.

He also caught four passes for 38 yards and one touchdown in 2012.

Moore has not practiced with the team since the arrest.

—patrick@oxfordeagle.com (March 21, 2013, Page 7)

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