Former Gator Jamar Hornsby may still have opportunity to play at Ole Miss
Former Florida cornerback Jamar Hornsby may still have an opportunity to play at Ole Miss, despite his most recent legal troubles.
Hornsby, who was dismissed from the Florida team last year after he was arrested and charged with stealing the credit card of UF student who died in a motorcycle accident, is now a student at East Mississippi Community College.
He signed with Ole Miss in February, but on March 1 was charged with assaulting a man at a McDonald's drive-thru with brass knuckles.
Mississippi head coach Houston Nutt said during this week's SEC spring meetings that he has not rescinded Hornby's scholarship offer, and is waiting to see the outcome of Hornby's upcoming trial.
"I'm still waiting on a court date,'' Nutt said. "He's not with the team. He's got to graduate first, he's still in JUCO. He's got to wait on the outcome of that other court case, you just don't know. I hate the way things have turned out. He always seemed like such a good young man when I visited with him and he was on my campus. He really wants to change his life and do things right. I want to try to help him but we'll see what happens in that last court case.''
Nutt said he's both concerned about Hornsby, and worried about how his actions affect the Ole Miss team.
"The only bad exposure we've had all spring is him,'' Nutt said. "And he's not even on our campus. That's what's frustrating.''
Nutt knows he could take some heat over his decision not to give up on Hornsby, but he's prepared to see it through.
"It's real simple to say, 'next', but we've spent a lot of time, do a lot of research, get pretty close to a guy, and feel like there's a relationship there that you can maybe help him,'' Nutt said. "That's one of the reasons we're in the business, to help them. But there's a double-edged sword on that deal. He's got to help himself, too. He's got to do things right.''