Ole Miss defensive end Channing Ward pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of DUI and lack of insurance.

Ward, 21, was pulled over at 1:13 a.m. on Jan. 19 by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and charged with DUI (first offense) of other substance. What that means, a Monroe County Justice Court clerk said, is that he was suspected of being under the influence of something besides alcohol (a broad category which would includes but is not limited to prescription medication and marijuana). He appeared in Monroe County Justice Court on Wednesday, providing proof of insurance as well as evidence a broken tag light had been fixed.

Ward was sentenced to attend the Mississippi Alcohol Substance Abuse Program and Victims Impact classes. He is facing fines of $1,234.50 (DUI) and $216.50 (proof of insurance).

Ole Miss released a short statement from coach Hugh Freeze in which he said, “The matter is being addressed internally.”

Ward, a former Under Armour All-American that was considered the top recruit in Freeze’s first recruiting class at Ole Miss, had 24 tackles and one sack last season as a reserve defensive end.
Ellis takes mound

When Ole Miss opens the baseball season at 5:30 p.m. today at Stetson, it’ll be junior righthander Chris Ellis taking the mound.

It’s a change in role for Ellis, who made all of two starts last season as he battled injuries and ineffectiveness.

“I came out there as a thrower. I went out there and just tried to blow it past everybody with max effort, like I was in high school,” Ellis said. “Found out pretty quick that didn’t work out the way that I thought it would.”

Ellis went to the Cape Cod League after the season and had success (10 walks, 10 earned runs in 37 2/3 innings), and coach Mike Bianco has consistently said Ellis has the most talent of anyone on this year’s staff and has the kind of power fastball that can make him a high MLB Draft pick. But starting today, Ellis has to take on the Friday night role that previous Rebels like Bobby Wahl and Drew Pomeranz have thrived in.