RECRUITING: Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze to rest of SEC—Catch us if you can

Ole Miss coach’s tweet is a PR nightmare; Tweet confirms rumors are swirling around Ole Miss 2013 recruiting class

O le Miss Coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged what has been heard in whispers on the recruiting trail—something is UP with Ole Miss recruiting. Or at least, people THINK something is up with Ole Miss recruiting.

Freeze tweeted, “If you have facts about a violation, send it to compliance@olemiss.edu. If not, please do not slander these young men or insult their family.”

Ole Miss compliance, I feel sorry for you. A few SEC fans can be rather, ummm, creative in what they email. Freeze’s tweet was thoughtless for whoever must handle this email account.

Freeze’s tweet, from a PR perspective, is a nightmare. He confirmed there are rumors of violations involving Ole Miss and recruiting.

This is amateurish.

Of course, there are rumors and innuendo of recruiting violations. This is the SEC. Every fan assumes the other guy is cheating. Often they have good reason. The SEC has a checkered history of NCAA rules compliance.

Responding to rumors brings the issue into the major outlets instead of staying on message boards and talk radio.

Furthermore, the tweet encouraged every private eye wannabe to grab his spyglass and play Sherlock Holmes. Sure, most of these will be about as effective as Barney Fife on stakeout, but why dare other SEC schools to turn your program in to the SEC and NCAA?

Already, there is chatter in coaching circles that several SEC and non-SEC schools have turned Ole Miss in this cycle.

The number will surely grow if Ole Miss finishes as strongly as some recruiting watchers expect.

Freeze’s tweet seems about as tone deaf to the real world as former Auburn Coach Gene Chizik. Yes, Chizik thought it was a good idea to taunt the NCAA’s enforcement arm. His antics at the meeting reignited bad press for Auburn instead of getting the desired result.

Freeze’s remarks will have the Ole Miss faithful circling the wagons and cheering. However, it makes it more likely the rest of the college football world notices what is going on in Oxford. The truth is most college football fans will assume the worst.

Is that really what Freeze intended to accomplish with this tweet?

11 Responses to “RECRUITING: Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze to rest of SEC—Catch us if you can” Subscribe

  1. Jerry Tinnon February 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Dumb tweet from an inexperienced novice coach…. why on earth would he even acknowledge any rumors?

  2. tblakney February 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Hugh Freeze is getting the recruits that ut use to get and freeze is taking it to them right now!!!!!

  3. CRIMSON HAMMAH February 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    FREEZE NEEDS TO GET HIS HEAD OUT HIS AZZ…TIRE COMPANY BOOSTERS AND OTHER BOOSTERS ARE THROWING CASH AT PLAYERS LIKE CRAZY …AND HAVE ALWAYS PAID THE GOOD LOCAL PLAYERS….FREEZE SEND ME A LIE DETECTOR REPORT OF THE BOOSTER EXPLAINING HIS FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENT THE CROOTS

  4. OleMiss February 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Speaking of amateurish, there isn’t even an author listed on this article. Not to mention it’s an openly Alabama-oriented website. Stay mad, stay biased. Hotty Toddy.

    • capstonereport February 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

      Nobody in Alabama is mad. Well, maybe Auburn is since you guys are out bidding them on the circuit this year.

      Kidding. Just kidding.

      Obviously, all the chatter is nothing more than the entire SEC being jealous of you guys.

      As for amateurish, I’m not paid millions to know how to behave. Your coach is. He can’t do it worth a damn. What he did today was stupid. If you don’t see it, well then, keep the blinders on. However, this guy will screw up again.

      • Nashville Rebel February 2, 2013 at 3:29 am #

        You’re the amateur.

        Freeze doesn’t do anything without first consulting his superiors. There’s no way he would have said “send your comments to this email address” without some consideration first. Anyone with any common sense would have considered that. Where is your common sense, sir?

        Hugh Freeze’s tweet is not a PR nightmare. It is quite the opposite. He knows that he and his staff are not breaking any rules at all and he’s challenging anyone and everyone who thinks differently to do something about it because he knows that in the end, all those accusations are untrue.

        Just because Ole Miss’s coach isn’t Saban doesn’t mean that he is an amateur.

        Try being a little more unbiased in your future articles, sir.

  5. Crimsonite February 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    I’ll tell this much – Ole Miss gave Alabama hell and was the only SEC team who actually outplayed A&M for the entire 4 quarters. They lost because of a late late bad decision and a turnover. They are signing some very good players and if they Nedkemiche? their stock goes up. Don’t laugh this team off. RTR!

  6. capstonereport February 2, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    Gene Chizik was just as delusional. Keep drinking the Koolaid, but this is a PR nightmare since Freeze drew attention to what was only a whisper on messageboards.

    If his superiors told him this was a good idea, then no wonder Ole Miss has sucked so much over the last 20 years.

  7. Hmmmm February 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Where there’s smoke….how many times have we seen this? Ole Miss finished 7-6 last season….and now getting a top 5 recruiting class?? Something don’t smell right….

  8. BamaDon February 3, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    2 things 5 stars players are saying to Ole
    Piss coaches!!
    How much $$$$$$$$$$$
    Wear are the White Women!!!!!!!!!!
    RTR

  9. Ricky B February 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I like the white women, but to Hugh Freeze I have only this to say….

    x
    x x
    x x
    x x x x x
    x x x x x x

    It’ real nice – I hope you like it – I got it at Target – it was on sale…

    (supposed to be a middle finger – I do not have the drawing skill of my daddy who is an amateur tattoo artist….)

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