Sep 1, 2012; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze during warm up prior to the game against the Central Arkansas Bears at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

SEC Suspends Ole Miss' Trae Elston For Texas Game Due To Hit

Ole Miss defensive back Trae Elston has been suspended for an illegal hit in Saturday's win against UTEP, the SEC announced Tuesday.

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Trae Elston Suspended Vs. Texas: Ole Miss Fans Upset

Mississippi Rebels fans are none-too-happy with the decision of the conference to suspend freshman safety Trae Elston for a hit in Saturday's game against the UTEP Miners.

An Ole Miss writer at Red Cup Rebellion responded to the suspension:

I, for one, think this is absolutely outrageous. Of course I'm biased, but it appears to me that Elston drove his shoulder into the opponent's chest, a hit which was perfectly legal and, might I add, not at all flagged during the game. I understand that an increased awareness of traumatic head and neck injuries in football has led to increased precaution and action to prevent such injuries, but to suspend a player for this is overreaching.

He also wonders if the fan reaction to Elston's hit possibly caused the SEC to look at this clip and react with disciplinary measures:

This does, in my mind, raise an interesting question: if we Ole Miss fans had not celebrated the tackle - as in included it in highlight reels, made reference to it here and on other corners of the internet, and generally celebrated the violence of the sport of football - would the SEC have even noticed or cared?

Regardless, Elston is suspended for Saturday's game against the Texas Longhorns. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 9:15 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.

For more on the Ole Miss Rebels, be sure to check out Red Cup Rebellion and Team Speed Kills.

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Ole Miss' Trae Elston Suspended For Texas Game By SEC

Ole Miss defensive back Trae Elston has been suspended for an illegal hit in Saturday's win against UTEP, the SEC announced Tuesday.

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