Injured USM players apologize to team, coach

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - "You know all we want to do is make sure they're taken care of and they get healthy," Southern Miss Head Football Coach Larry Fedora said after meeting with three wounded players.

Coach Fedora spoke with Martez Smith, Tim Green and Deddrick Jones following the 1:30 a.m. Sunday shooting at Remington's Hunt Club. Police say a fight broke out in the club and carried over into the parking lot.

"To go over there and talk to them and hear them say, 'I'm sorry for letting the team down.' For Tim Green, he writes that down for me because he can't speak right now, 'I'm really sorry that I hurt the team.'"

Spirits were high on Saturday after Southern Miss upset UCF in Orlando. That good feeling turned to shock and disbelief following Sunday's early morning shooting. According to Coach Fedora, his players were allowed to attend Remington's Hunt Club. It wasn't considered off limits. It is now.

"Everywhere is off-limits to us right now until we get this situation underhand," Fedora declared. "You know, we talked about it as a team. They're very aware of it."

Fedora admits alcohol could have been involved and that probably had something to do with what happened on Sunday.

"Anytime you've got alcohol involved, probably, you've got problems," Fedora stated. "No doubt, anywhere in the country."

Fedora said the coaches always stress to the players about making good decisions and he said the team will learn from this mistake.

"Kids are going to make mistakes," Fedora said. "They paid those consequences whatever they may be, and they move on and learn from them and grow. And that's how they become a full grown man."

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