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McClendon will travel, but likely won't play

12/19/2003 - Mississippi Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. -- Suspended Mississippi running back Ronald
McClendon has likely played his last game for the Rebels.

McClendon has been held out of the last four games, while the
school and the NCAA investigates a possible rules violation.

Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe has said that McClendon will
travel with the team to the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2, but probably
won't be cleared to play.

No. 16 Mississippi will play No. 21 Oklahoma State in Dallas.

The school has not released details of the possible violation.

A car salesman in nearby Senatobia said last month that Ole Miss
and NCAA officials questioned him about McClendon's purchase of a
used SUV during the season.

McClendon, a senior, ran for 342 yards in eight games, averaging
6.0 yards per carry. He also led the team in kickoff returns with a
25.2-yard average.

Cutcliffe also said that all of his players are academically
eligible to play against Oklahoma State.

Teams playing in bowls often lose players who failed to meet
academic requirements after the fall semester.