Anthony Alford arrested for aggravated assault at USM

Anthony Alford
Anthony Alford

Drama continues to unfold at Southern Miss.  Just a day after the firing of Head Coach Ellis Johnson, yet another athletic fiasco has come to light.  Authorities say freshman quarterback, Anthony Alford, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. 

Wednesday, University of Southern Mississippi Police arrested two students related to a fight on the Hattiesburg campus. Those arrested included Southern Miss football star, Anthony Alford, and student Korey Hathorn.   Hathorn has been charged with felony possession of a weapon on campus by a student. No one was injured in the altercation.

The incident occurred near the campus' Walker Science Building at approximately 11 a.m. University Police responded to a call of an altercation involving approximately four individuals, including two non students.

While responding to the incident, a University police officer observed Hathorn near the scene in possession of a handgun. Hathorn, who is believed to be a part of the fight, was taken into custody without incident and his weapon recovered.

After further investigation, officers also arrested Alford, who is also believed to be involved in the fight. Both students have received interim suspensions from the University until such time as they can participate in the student judicial process.

Dean of Students Dr. Eddie Holloway says Alford's future at Southern Miss has yet to be decided.

"His side will be heard in our student hearing. Justice will decide," said Holloway.

University Police report that the investigation continues and that additional arrests are expected.