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Johnson Suspension Latest State Setback

By now, the remaining encouragement is that Rick Ray is already witnessing the worst this transition process can throw at him and Mississippi State. "I'm learning about the job in droves," the first-year head coach said, after announcing the latest suspension. "Hopefully what will happen from this point is all the negative things that can happen get out of the way my first year."

The negative of this week is suspension of backup forward Rocquez Johnson, for an indefinite period and unspecified reasons. It follows the suspension of guard Jalen Steele which began three games ago also for I.D. and U.R. Expectations are Steele would return for Wednesday's trip to Alabama (7:00) aren't confirmed by Ray. "Jalen's status is still to be announced." The suspension of Johnson in...

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