October 29, 2007

Orgeron says Hardy violated team rules

Enough is enough.

And in his weekly press conference Monday, Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron announced he's had enough of defensive end Greg Hardy - at least for now.

Orgeron said Hardy has been suspended "indefinitely" for violating team rules. Orgeron wouldn't specify the length of the suspension or the specific infractions that caused it.

Hardy didn't make the trip to Auburn Saturday, a game the Rebels' lost 17-3.

"I thought we played very good defense against Auburn for most of the game," Orgeron said. "When someone gets hurt or suspended, someone needs to step up."

Hardy is the third starter suspended this season, joining Corey Actis and John Jerry.

However, Orgeron made it clear that he didn't think this was a trend. He said the players have been suspended for in-house violations, not for breaking the law.

"As I look across the country, I see guys getting arrested. I see guys getting put in jail," Orgeron said. "I haven't seen that with my players."

Hardy leads the SEC with 8.0 sacks and 15.5 tackles for losses. But despite his immense talents, Orgeron said Hardy's not privy to any special treatment.

"I think I have a very disciplined team. If a guy violates team rules, they're going to have consequences," Orgeron said. "I think I have a very well behaved team and it never gets publicized. I stick to the team rules no matter who commits the infraction."

Hardy was not available to the media Monday.

Orgeron also answered questions about his future with the team, and he said he's confident that time's not running out.

"I have a strong relationship with the administration," Orgeron said, "and I feel definitely that I'll be the head football coach next year."

Orgeron said his team has been in a number of big games, and with more time, the Rebels will start to win those games.

"I'm on a five-year plan here," he said. "I'm only on my second full year of recruiting. I think with a couple of more recruiting classes, I can get the job done."

Orgeron also said he wasn't interested on throwing in the towel on this season, playing Michael Herrick and Cordera Eason over more established players.

"We're going to play the best players," Orgeron said. "We want to win every game we play."

Orgeron said Seth Adams would remain as the Rebels starting quarterback, despite throwing for under 100 yards for the second week in a row.

Orgeron said the Rebels were happy with the play of Brent Schaeffer, but his costly turnover caused a lot of concern.

"Seth's the starter," Orgeron said. "The only reason he was out because he was hit in the head. (Schaeffer) made some good plays and some good throws. He moved around.

"It was unfortunate that the interception was thrown. You have to protect that ball."

Orgeron said running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis will miss some practice time this week after suffering an injury Saturday. However, Orgeron doesn't think he'll be able to keep his running back off the field come game time.

"He's bruised up pretty good. Most guys probably wouldn't have gone back in the game.
I think he's going to be out for a little bit," Orgeron said. "Knowing BenJarvus, if I told him he had to practice today, he would."

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