<
>

Pittman suspended; Bournes booted

OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi running back Jamal Pittman was
suspended for at least six games and linebacker Ken Bournes was
dismissed from the team Friday, two days after they pleaded guilty
to misdemeanors in a gun possession case.

The Rebels also suspended fullback Rick Razzano for the season
opener Sept. 4 against Memphis. Razzano was arrested for being
involved in a fight in downtown Oxford in April.

Pittman had been accused of felony gun charge and resisting
arrest following the July 18 incident in Memphis, Tenn. He was
accused of pointing a gun at people in a car and toward a police
officer.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless
endangerment and will rejoin the team for practice Aug. 23. The
rest of the team reports Sunday and begins practice Monday.

Bournes pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of unlawful
possession of a weapon.

In a statement, Rebels coach David Cutcliffe said Bournes also
faced unspecified academic issues.

"We have given this incident much thought and consideration,"
Cutcliffe said. "We are doing what we feel is fair to the program
as well as the young men. We do not condone or tolerate this type
of behavior in any way. In fact, we go to all extremes in trying to
aid our young people to make sound decisions."

Cutcliffe said Pittman had no previous disciplinary issues and
could play at home against Tennessee on Oct. 16.

"I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the university,
and the Ole Miss family," Pittman said in a statement. "I am
sorry for what happened and for any embarrassment this has caused.
I am also grateful for getting another chance. I love Ole Miss and
this is where I want to be."

Pittman, a sophomore, missed most of the last two seasons with
knee injuries, but was expected to compete for playing time this
year.

Bournes, a senior, was expected to start this season. He played
13 games in 2003 and had 35 tackles 3.5 sacks.