Sunday, July 23, 2017
The Day Ole Miss Froze,...
First,... I have always liked the Ole Miss Rebels. Being a Bama fan that might seem odd to some, but it is what it is. They have always seemed to have decent leadership on the field as well as behind the scenes. Athletic director Ross Bjork displayed that type of leadership this past week with head coach Hugh Freeze. What surfaced as an indiscretion on Coach Freezes part either for his self or for a player or recruit, the AD had no other choice but to offer Freeze a choice,... either resign or be fired, for violating the morals clause of his contract. Which resulted in no buy out for the school.
Coach Freeze sold his faith to recruits and their families in their living rooms. Some will now de-commit from the Rebel program and if/when NCAA violations are enforced on the program there could be more to leave. The program seems to be backing up at a time when you cannot afford to lose valuable ground on your in state rival and the entire SEC. It took Bama 10 years plus to recover from violations and various coaching changes.
Yes,... I cannot imagine how the Rebel fan base and alumni dealt with the news of Freeze resigning. I can imagine them being frozen to the internet news, sports news outlets, radio and ESPN alike. But hey,... Ive been there, done that and have a t-shirt or two,... Good luck Rebel fans on the upcoming season,... except one game of course,.... Roll Tide!!
Here are a few names being mentioned as a replacement probably at the end of the season,..... A couple of them I would shy way away from.
Chad Morris, SMU head coach
Derek Dooley, Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach / former Tennessee head coach
Blake Anderson, Arkansas State head coach
Les Miles, former LSU head coach
Mike Norvell, Memphis head coach
Chip Kelly former Notre Dame coach
Lane Kiffin Florida Atlantic coach
Bobby Petrino Louisville coach