Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Football or Basketball??

(Clarion Ledger)OXFORD — The Ole Miss’ men’s basketball teams two newest players — Greg Hardy and Shay Hodge — won’t be in uniform when the Rebels (6-1) play New Orleans (2-5) in Tad Smith Coliseum on Thursday.Coach Andy Kennedy said the football players will be concentrating on academics the rest of the fall semester. They will continue practicing with the team, but will not dress out or play until the semester ends.“We’re going to get through this academic quarter just to make sure they’re on point academically,” Kennedy said. “We didn’t want to take them away from their academic responsibilities. That’s priority No. 1.”Both players began practicing Monday, two days after the football season wrapped up with a 20-17 win against Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. Both were two-sport stars in high school and Kennedy said they’ll be given a chance to help the Rebels this season.Kennedy said the earliest they’ll be able to play will be on Dec. 9, when the Rebels play at Memphis.“We’re just so new into this, I want to give them an opportunity,” Kennedy said. “We’re still learning about one another.”In addition, running back Mico McSwain practiced on Tuesday and said he was practicing again today when he walked into Tad Smith Coliseum. But Kennedy said McSwain “won’t be a part” of the team.