Ole Miss should drop Henderson
July, 11, 2013
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com
Don McPeak/USA TODAY SportsMarshall Henderson led Ole Miss with 20.1 points per game last season.
AUGUSTA, S.C. -- When the news trickled throughout the gym at the premier summer event of the year, the Nike-sponsored Peach Jam, there was no disbelief, no shock.
Ole Miss Rebels guard Marshall Henderson had been suspended indefinitely. The reason, sources told ESPN.com, was because of multiple failed drug tests.
Andy Kennedy is officially Henderson’s fourth college coach. Henderson began at Utah, made a brief stop at Texas Tech, then passed through South Plains junior college before making his way to Oxford, Miss.
For a while, the 6-foot-3 gunslinger’s act was entertaining. He’d rain 3-pointers and follow them up with a rare display of emotion that hasn’t been witnessed in college basketball since, well, no one can quite recall.
But the Marhsall Henderson Experience quickly became the Marshall Henderson Act. And it grew old. He taunted opponents, egged on opposing fans, was caught making ill-advised gestures, was seen in bars after games. His tweeting was humorous at one time, but like the on-court antics, also quickly became tiresome.
And now he has violated the program’s substance-abuse policy. Again.
Andy Kennedy should have told Henderson to go after Ole Miss ran the table in the SEC tournament and then beat Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing to La Salle. But maybe he felt he owed something to Henderson.