The subject of Ellis’ suspension came up again last night when he posted on his Twitter account that he is getting a second chance without providing a whole lot of detail about where things stand.
RT @Sed9Ellis: Seriously blessed beyond measure, thank the Lord for my 2nd chance.
— Brett Vito (@brettvito) July 11, 2014
Ellis might end up getting that second chance, but as of now, he is suspended from team activities.
Ellis was originally suspended when he and teammate Chris Loving were charged with theft following an incident involving a pair of televisions at a Walmart in Denton.
Ellis came out of spring practice listed with Jamal Marshall atop UNT’s depth chart at outside linebacker and was expected to be a key part of the Mean Green’s rebuilt front seven on defense. Ellis was a top backup last season when he posted six tackles in 10 games.
Ellis might still end up being on the field when the Mean Green opens the season at Texas on Aug. 30.
We have been using history as a guide throughout the Ellis/Loving story. Former UNT defensive tackle Richard Abbe got into some legal trouble last summer, ended up working his way back and having a standout senior season.
Here’s some additional detail about how that situation was handled that I have not gotten into. Abbe returned for two-a-days, but UNT didn’t announce that he would play in its season-opener against Idaho until late in camp.
I am not saying that UNT will handle the Ellis/Loving situation in a similar manner, but that possibility exists. Ellis could get a second chance (like he indicates he will) and return to practice when the team opens two-a-days. UNT could then see how things go and either suspend him for a couple of games at the beginning of the season or bring him back for the Texas game.
The key point might be a week later when UNT plays SMU. The Mean Green will be a big underdog at Texas. The Mean Green is 7-57 all-time against Big 12 teams. UNT will have a shot against the Longhorns, but it’s big opportunity for a statement win could come against SMU. UNT beat the Mustangs back in 2006 for just its fourth win in a series SMU leads 28-4-1 before falling to the Mustangs the following year.