Monday, April 16, 2007

First Baseman Leaves Team

Coach Mike Bianco announced today that freshman first baseman Andrew Clark is no longer with the team. Clark was a highly recruited player out of Indiana last year and one of the top recruits for the Rebels.

There are many rumors on the internet about Clark leaving. Some say it is classroom attendance others have say it is Clarks attitude. I have to go with the later. I do not think Clark ever caught on to the idea that he was a freshman, and that he must earn his spot on the team and repect of those around him. Don't be surprised if you see him on the Louisville roster next year playing for former Rebel assistant Dan McDonnel.

(C-L)OXFORD — Starting first baseman Andrew Clark was dismissed from the Ole Miss baseball team today for violating team rules, coach Mike Bianco said.
“I met with him this morning and after thinking about it over the weekend and for about four days, I thought it was in the best interest of the program that we end his career here as and Ole Miss baseball player,” Bianco said. “It’s disappointing but it’s something we will overcome.”
Ole Miss left Clark behind on its four-game road trip last week because of what Bianco called a violation of team rules. He declined to reveal specifics on Clark’s dismissal Monday, but said the freshman will remain in school the rest of the semester.
Clark, who was a Louisville Slugger All-American as a junior at New Palestine (Ind.) High, started 30 games at Ole Miss and was hitting .311 with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs. His spot in the lineup will be filled by C.J. Ketchum and Peyton Farr.
“It’s just breaking team rules that, over time, we thought it was in the best interest for him not to be a part of it any more,” Bianco said.