JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron said Monday he has suspended defensive end Greg Hardy for a violation of team rules.
Orgeron said the suspension is indefinite and offered few details, though he did say later that the Southeastern Conference's sack leader was not in legal trouble.
``I think I have a very, very disciplined team,'' Orgeron said. ``I think the guys know if they violate team rules there are consequences.''
Hardy leads the SEC with eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. He was left home and did not play in Saturday's 17-3 loss at Auburn. The Rebels play Northwestern State of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) on Saturday in Oxford.
Hardy, perhaps the team's best athlete and a young star in the SEC, had started just four of eight games before the Auburn game with no explanation from Orgeron.
Hardy is at least the third Ole Miss player to lose starts for apparent disciplinary reasons. Offensive lineman Corey Actis and John Jerry were both demoted earlier this season.
When asked if a ``trend'' of discipline problems was developing, Orgeron said he would not even repeat the word.
``As I look across the country I see guys getting arrested, I see guys being put in jail,'' Orgeron said. ``I haven't seen any of that with my players. I think we run a very strict, disciplined program here. I feel I have a very well-behaved team.''
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