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Marshall Henderson isn’t done at Ole Miss just yet

Jul 26, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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It sounds like Andy Kennedy took my advice.

When Marshall Henderson was suspended indefinitely by Ole Miss a couple of week ago, I wrote that it wouldn’t be right if Kennedy gave Henderson the boot. I said that there was more going on here than the simple fact that Henderson was a trouble maker that enjoyed an adult beverage too often and spent too much time participating in White Girl Wednesday.

I still believe that.

The fact that Ole Miss called in Chris Herren supports that fact.

Which is why I’m glad to hear that Kennedy hasn’t yet kicked Henderson off of the Ole Miss team.

From Andy Katz of ESPN.com:

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy, appearing on our ESPNU Katz Korner special Thursday night, still hasn’t ruled out a return for Marshall Henderson. Henderson is suspended after a violation of team rules (ESPN and media reports cited a failed drug test). But there doesn’t seem to be any indication that Henderson has played his last game for the Rebels. If Henderson can stay straight and behave over the next few months, as well as handle all of his requirements that are being placed on him, then don’t be surprised at all if he returns to the Rebels in some form next season. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have any kind of game suspension. But I didn’t get the idea that Henderson is done playing for the Rebels — yet.

Henderson needs to be punished. He needs ramifications for his actions. He needs to learn that he isn’t above the law and that breaking rules will cost him. He needs to know that being good at basketball isn’t going to save him anymore.

But he also needs a to try and get better. Think about it like this: he tested positive for cocaine back in early 2012, when he violated probation and was sent to prison for 25 days. He was pulled over in May of this year with cocaine in his car. He tweets about White Girl Wednesday all the time, which has a totally different meaning when you think of it from this perspective.

Henderson needs to get his act together, and the possibility of continuing his hoops career if he cleans up may be the incentive he needs to do just that.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. oruacat2 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Translation: “Straighten-up, Marshall, or else! This is your last chance! We really, really, really mean it, this time!”

    Why should he ever “learn that he isn’t above the law” when he has everyone, even sportswriters, defending him and calling for leniency?

  2. lundy337 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Why should Henderson clean up? Why should Ole Miss suspend him?

    They are now following the unc-CHeat model. If PJ can get away with admitting smoking weed, and unc can ignore the obvious failed drug test, possession arrest, gun, rented Yukon, Camaro, association with a known fellon, etc., etc., etc. Well then why should anybody else follow or for that matter care what the rules are or have any ounce of integrity?

    It’s all about winning games. Citizenship and ethics have left “amatuer collegiate” athletics a long, long time ago…

  3. whitdog23 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    All Hail Rob Dauster!! Since you’re giving advice, should I take out a $125,000 mortgage and buy a home or rent? Is Apple stock ever going to hit $800 again? What about that cute guy at the coffee shop — does he really like me when he crosses out the words on my cup so it only says Caution: HOT!

    • Rob Dauster - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Buy.

      No.

      If you’re hot, than probably.

  4. seanb20124 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    If he could not help the team win, he would be gone.

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