Moving On

Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray is done with the topic.


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Ole Miss easily defeated in-state rival Mississippi State, 82-63, on Saturday. However, the talk of the game wasn't the final score, but rather what Ray, in a moment of frustration, said to Rebel guard Marshall Henderson.

Cameras caught an exchange between Ray and Henderson in the final moments where Ray could be seen cursing directly at the guard as he headed to the Ole Miss bench. Henderson was mouthing as well, but not at Ray in particular.

"The commissioner received a call from Coach Ray this morning to discuss the matter and Coach Ray also reiterated his public apology," SEC Director of Communications Craig Pinkerton said in a statement. "The commissioner is satisfied with the way Coach Ray has handled this matter in the aftermath of his actions following Saturday's game."

Ray said during his time on the SEC teleconference Monday morning he apologized to both Henderson and Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. Henderson scored 19 points in the win on 7 of 17 from the field.

"Both of those guys were real gracious and appreciative in the fact that I reached out to them," Ray said. "It's over with."

Kennedy, who is the all-time winningest coach in Ole Miss history, echoed similar sentiments, while also saying Henderson wouldn't receive any discipline for his role in the dust-up.

"At the end of the game, (Ray and Kennedy) were in the hall after I was done with you guys," Kennedy said. "He came up to me and apologized and said that he had said something to Marshall. I didn't know what he was talking about.

"I see it on the tape, and obviously the camera caught him mouthing something. That's not an issue for us. I don't foresee anything happening moving forward from our standpoint."

Ole Miss is 14-5 overall and 5-1 in SEC games. The Rebels, winners of four-straight games, return to action Wednesday at Tennessee. The game is set for a 7 p.m. CT tipoff and will be broadcast by the SEC Network.

"This is group is a physical lot," Kennedy said of the Volunteers, who rank No. 52 in the official NCAA RPI, compared to the Rebels at No. 58. "They're big and they're physical. We have to make sure we buckle that chin strap and understand that there's going to be nothing easy in Knoxville."


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