March 5, 2009
Danny P Smith -
Mississippi State defensive back Maurice Langston will have to wait a little longer to make a difference on the football field.
MSU football coach Dan Mullen has suspended Langston indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The move comes on the heels of Langston''s arrest Saturday night in Hattiesburg.
MSU athletic department spokesman Joe Galbraith said Wednesday afternoon Mullen took the action Monday and would have no further comment.
"Maurice is suspended from the team indefinitely, with the exception of his academic responsibilities," Galbraith said. "That''s all we''ve got."
Langston was a mid-term (December) signee for the Bulldogs and enrolled in school in January. He was an All-State and All-Region performer at East Central Community College after transferring from Arkansas State.
MSU Athletic Director Greg Byrne said the athletic department was taking the necessary steps to deal with the situation. The only other comment he made Wednesday night was "we''re obviously very concerned."
A press release of the Hattiesburg Police Department''s crime report said Langston, 20, of Meridian, and James Jenkins, 21, of Columbus, were arrested for possession of about a pound of marijuana in Hattiesburg on Interstate 59.
Jenkins was a passenger in the car with Langston and isn''t a member of the MSU football team.
The press release said members of the Hattiesburg Police Department''s Highway Interdiction Team were monitoring traffic on the northbound side of I-59 near the 60-mile marker when they stopped a black Jeep Liberty for a traffic violation around 6 p.m. Langston was identified as the driver of the vehicle.
The report says Langston''s nervous behavior, and with the odor of marijuana noticed during the initial contact, prompted the officers to conduct a more thorough the traffic stop. The search lead officers to discover about a pound of alleged marijuana (street valued at approximately $1,000).
Police seized the narcotics and about $500.
Jenkins and Langston were taken into custody, arrested, and transported to the Forrest County Regional Jail, where they were charged with one count of possession of marijuana over an ounce with the intent to distribute.
Langston spent two nights in jail before being released on $10,000 bond.