The Oxford police chief says Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson appeared to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and cocaine during a traffic stop in May.
Henderson, a 6-foot-2 senior from Hurst, Texas, was suspended indefinitely by coach Andy Kennedy on Wednesday for “violation of team rules,” but no other reason was given.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the traffic stop, citing a police report.
Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze has received a one-year contract extension and a $500,000 raise, increasing his base salary to $2 million per season after leading the Rebels to a bowl appearance in his first season.
Freeze was hired last December and signed an incentive-laden contract that included a $1.5 million base salary. His new contract lasts through 2016 and includes a $100,000 bonus per Southeastern Conference win, beginning with the second victory of the season.
A Columbus doctor has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison on three counts of distributing narcotics.
Dr. Mark Burtman was sentenced in federal court in Oxford.
Burtman was charged with illegally distributing prescription painkillers. He pleaded guilty to the three counts on June 28.