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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Mackey suspended for season opener

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  • Randall Mackey has been suspended for Ole Miss’ season opener on the heels of his arrest outside of an Oxford Nightclub early Tuesday morning.
    Mackey was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, following a fight outside of the The Lyric nightclub shortly after midnight. He was released on cash bond at around 9 a.m.
    According to the police report, the Oxford Police Department arrived at The Lyric in response to a complaint regarding a large fight. Police records indicate that Mackey hit Oxford officer Hildon Sessums on the lip. Mackey says he was pushed into the officer.
    The Associated Press reports that Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin does not believe Mackey deliberately hit the officer. Had Mackey intentionally hit Sessums, Martin said the charges would have been more severe.
    The police affidavit states: “A large fight broke out inside of the Lyric Bar. (Officer Hildon Sessums) attempted to break up the fight with other officers when Mr. Randall Mackey came forward and hit said officer in the lip. Mackey insist {sic} he was pushed. Mackey was taken outside and placed into custody.”
    Mackey, a former Bastrop High Parade All-American, was involved in a three-way battle for Ole Miss’ starting quarterback position along with Barry Brunetti and Zack Stoudt. Instead, he will begin his junior season watching from the sidelines when the Rebels face Brigham Young in the Sept. 3 season opener in Oxford.
    “Randall Mackey will not play the first game,” Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said.  “He is a good person. He’ll have to get back, get back in a groove, go back to work and take care of business.”
    Nutt said Brunetti would start against BYU.
    “Barry has been the most consistent and accountable with things, which is why he was named the starter,” Nutt said.

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