Ole Miss Football cannot catch a break at the moment. The program is currently under NCAA investigations and has been currently dealing with former head coach Hugh Freeze and the scandal he has brought upon the program.
Freeze was caught calling an escort service, although there was no proof that he met up with anyone that he called. Now the football program is under fire again after two starters were caught shoplifting. Cornerback Ken Webster and linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes were the two players charged with shoplifting, but have been released on bond according to the Clarion-Ledger.
Matt Luke, the interim head coach told the Clarion-Ledger through a university spokesman “We are gathering facts on the matter.” There has been no punishment announced for the players.
The program has been steadily going downhill after the announcement that the school was under investigations with the NCAA. The allegations have resulted in the Ole Miss football team being banned from playing in a bowl game during the 2017 season.
Ken Webster was injured during the opening game of the 2016 season, but started in every game in 2015. Bing-Duke’s was named defenses “most-improved” player for spring practice and will most likely be a starter for the upcoming season.
This is very unfortunate for a program that seemed to be rebuilding under the direction of Freeze. Clearly, things behind the scenes were very different than they seemed.