As first reported by Chuck Rounsaville of OMSpirit.com and later verified with a source, redshirt freshman tight end Sammie Epps has been dismissed from the Ole Miss football team for a "violation of team rules."
So what does this mean for the Rebels? Not much. Epps wasn't expected to contribute at any meaningful level this season, assuming Evan Engram stays healthy. He doesn't offer a better level of blocking than Engram and hasn't proven anything on the college level. It would have been nice for Ole Miss to have Epps when Engram leaves (be it this season or next), but it's not a huge loss in that respect. The Rebels currently have commitments from two four-star tight ends in the 2016 class, and as I mentioned, Epps hadn't really shown much in practices. It's somewhat problematic in terms of depth, since the Rebels were already thin at the position, but Epps couldn't beat out two walk-ons for playing time last season, so there's no guarantee anything would have changed this year.
The bigger problem here is what this means for Sammie Epps. He went from a promising outlook -- having been rated as a four star tight end and a top ten player at the position out of high school -- to yet another North Mississippi screw up. He was given many chances to do right and managed to mess up enough times in one year to get kicked off the team. It's yet another unfortunate story of a player with tons of talent who just can't get it together. Maybe he'll resurface and utilize his talent at another school. Let's hope so. It would be a shame to see a guy who's so physically impressive waste away because of off-the-field issues.