Houston Nutt dismisses two players

Updated: May 17, 2011, 1:17 PM ET
By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com

Mississippi coach Houston Nutt dismissed linebacker Clarence Jackson and defensive end Delvin Jones on Monday, just days after both were arrested for public drunkenness.

"Clarence Jackson and Delvin Jones have been dismissed from the Ole Miss football program for violation of team rules," Nutt said in a statement. "I believe in trying to make a difference in a young man's life, and second chances are a part of that.

However, you reach a point where you can't get through to them, and as a team, we have to move on. We wish them the absolute best and hope they are able to get their lives in order."

Nutt originally suspended Jackson and Jones, both sophomores, indefinitely after the incident early Friday morning, but this wasn't the first time either player has dealt with disciplinary issues at Ole Miss.

Jackson was suspended following the fourth game of the 2010 season after university police charged him for burglary. Jackson allegedly was in possession of a 46-inch flat-screen television, a TV stand and a DVD/CD player that belonged to the university's math department. The property had a total value of almost $2,000.

Jackson returned to the team this spring and was listed as the starter at weakside linebacker following senior D.T. Shackelford's season-ending ACL injury.

Jones, a reserve at defensive end, was suspended for the final two games last season for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Edward Aschoff covers the SEC for ESPN.com.