• #51 by jbcarol on 30 Mar 2017
  •  SEC Country Arkansas‏ @SECCountryHogs 16h16 hours ago

    Hugh Freeze plummets in SEC Country approval-rating poll  #WPS 
    After the NCAA released its notice of allegations, Freezes rating plummeted. He currently has an approval rating of  65.9, which drops him to 11th in the SEC. What may be more concerning is that 26 percent of the fan base strongly disapproves of the job Freeze is doing. No other coach in the SEC had a strong disapproval percentage higher than 12.

    10. Bret Bielema, Arkansas: 66.6
  • #52 by jbcarol on 17 May 2017
  • #53 by grayhawg on 17 May 2017
  • Poor baby.
  • #54 by jbcarol on 18 May 2017
  •  Antonio Morales‏Verified account @AntonioCMorales 20h20 hours ago

    Can confirm Stephen Ponder, Ole Miss' deputy athletic director, resigned for a personal matter this morning. @SpiritBen was first.

     Ben Garrett‏ @SpiritBen 19h19 hours ago

    Stephen Ponders resignation today had absolutely nothing to do with the NCAA issues Ole Miss is dealing with. Zero. Ill leave it at that.
  • #55 by NoNC4Tubs on 18 May 2017
  • I still find it interesting that Ole Miss is likely to get hammered while Auburn avoided it and you just have to know they were as dirty, if not dirtier, than OM.

    I guess Pat Dye didn't give Ole Miss ALL of the pages to his Operations Manual.... 8)
  • #56 by jbcarol on 30 May 2017

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    Hugh Freeze says the NCAAs investigation of Ole Miss including 21 allegations of wrongdoing within the Rebels football program and a citation for lack of institutional control is the toughest challenge hes faced in his coaching career, no question.

    Hes already overcome a related challenge: Finding a silver lining to the rough year ahead.

    Im looking forward to it in a weird kind of way, he said.

    47-year-old coach has been privately seeking counsel from business leaders who led their charges through similarly muddy waters.

    A big NASCAR fan, he consulted with names such as Ricky Stenhouse, Fred Smith and Mike Glenn. Freeze also reached out to former Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe, who last year took control of the Bears during perhaps the most tumultuous season in team history.

    He was the right man for the right time, to stand in the gap there, Freeze said. Hes made of such integrity and such great stuff; hes really what we all should strive to be.

    Ole Miss brass including athletic director Ross Bjork and chancellor Jeffrey Vitter has been vocal in its support of Freeze, the man who briefly turned the Rebels into an SEC power thanks to historic success on the recruiting trail and a pair of major upset wins over Alabama.

    Im very grateful, Freeze said of the support. I ask the tough questions of myself and of them. Am I doing things the right way for you guys? Theyve been just phenomenal.

    Roughly 90 days have passed since the NCAA committee requested an official response from Ole Miss, meaning the school will soon provide its side of the story. Then there will be a hearing at an unspecified date, likely later this year.

    Its very difficult to beat the people in this conference when you dont have a final answer, he said.
  • #57 by jbcarol on 31 May 2017

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    Former assistant coach Barney Farrar, who worked for the Rebels from 2011-2016 as an assistant A.D./high school and junior college relations, is a major person in the case against Ole Miss who has since been relieved of his duties.

    Farrars lawyer Bruse Loyd had a strong take on the ordeal when he spoke to Jojo Gentry, claiming that he believes his client is being cast as a scapegoat.

    It is as close to the death penalty as you can get without that actually happen, Loyd said. Coach Farrar has been questioned extensively, in fact, five times by the NCAA about those allegations.

    The violations are for:

        Providing lodging and transportation to Ole Miss Football recruits worth $2,200, and meals worth $235
        Providing false information knowingly about recruiting violations when asked by the NCAA and Ole Miss Football
        Boosters contacting one athlete committed to another NCAA football program, and allowed a cash payment(s) to that athlete worth $13-15,000
        Distributing athletic gear, courtesy of a company owned by an Ole Miss booster, to recruits

    Loyd added that Ole Miss is in an unenviable predicament.

    To use the excuse that everyone else is doing it, thats just not a good defense, Loyd said. Thats not a good reason. Thats not an acceptable reason. Some of these rules, you wish they werent there but the fact of the matter is they are and theyve got to be enforced, and theyve got to be followed. And if you dont, youll find yourself in the position the University of Mississippi athletic department has found itself.

    Ole Miss has self-imposed a one-year bowl ban for the 2017 season.
  • #58 by KlubhouseKonnected on 01 Jun 2017
  • I just wish Auburn was as dumb (and expendable to the PtB) as Ole Miss is.
  • #59 by jbcarol on 06 Jun 2017

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    The school issued a response to the NCAAs latest notice of allegations on Tuesday, contesting charges relating to lack of institutional control and head coach responsibility. The university also implied that a current Mississippi State player may have conspired to hurt the Ole Miss football program with his testimony during the NCAAs investigation.

    Ole Miss specifically said in its response that Freeze did not participate in any NCAA violations or look past potential red flags.

    (A)fter careful analysis of the testimony and supporting records, the statement said, the University has concluded that head football coach Hugh Freeze has met it and memberships expectations to emphasize and promote compliance and to implement strong and comprehensive monitoring.

    The university also claims to have satisfied the NCAAs standards for institutional control. Ole Miss claims neither of those charges are based on any new evidence of wrongdoing.

    Coach Freeze was not specifically named in any allegation in the 2016 Notice, the schools response said. Without any additional investigation or rationale, however, the current Notice adds Freeze as an involved individual to one of the legacy allegations from the 2016 Notice suggesting for the first time that the violation was committed with Freezes knowledge and approval. The University objects to the modification of this allegation.

    Ole Miss also singled out a former recruit who has been at the center of NCAAs investigation. Multiple reports have indicated that Missisippi State LB Leo Lewis claims to have received impermissible benefits from Ole Miss boosters as a recruit.

    Ole Miss claimed that the recruit enjoyed causing the University harm, and used one of Lewis tweets

  • #60 by jbcarol on 06 Jun 2017
  • #61 by NoNC4Tubs on 07 Jun 2017

  • So who is "student athlete 39"?  8)
  • #62 by KlubhouseKonnected on 07 Jun 2017
  • So who is "student athlete 39"?  8)

    L. Lewis, linebacker at Mississippi State.
  • #63 by jbcarol on 08 Jun 2017
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  • L. Lewis, linebacker at Mississippi State.

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  • #66 by jbcarol on 08 Jun 2017

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    Freeze said the support he has received has been phenomenal.

    I couldn't ask for any more from my people, he said. They've witnessed me closely run a program and obviously they have confidence that we're doing it the right way. We're excited to get to the next phase of it."

    A reporter then asked whether Freeze is nervous about what that next phase might bring.

    "I'm just ready to get to the next phase, he said. There's no nerves. Just ready to get it over with."
  • #67 by jbcarol on 08 Jun 2017

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    This is the story Ole Miss is now telling:

    Barney Farrar? The definition of a rogue staff member, one who openly lied to his head coach about the existence of a burner phone.

    The nine boosters now disassociated from the program? Ole Miss barely knew who the majority of them were, and even if they did were clearly more rogue elements with ties to Farrar.

    And Leo Lewis, the former Ole Miss recruit (and current Mississippi State linebacker) whose interviews with the NCAA provided the most serious charges levied against Ole Miss? An unreliable witness whose story changes with the day, did not offer evidence and even admits to having taken $10,000 from another unnamed school.

    But Hugh Freeze? Any violation he may have committed, Ole Miss suggests at one point in the response to the NCAA enforcement staffs Notice of Allegations, was unintentional. He did everything he could to keep Ole Miss within the NCAA law, and if you dont believe the school heres at least 10 different character witnesses to speak on Freezes behalf.
  • #68 by KlubhouseKonnected on 08 Jun 2017

  • Well no need worrying about what you can't control huh Hugh?
  • #69 by KlubhouseKonnected on 08 Jun 2017

  • That's the same way you defend a well organized criminal conspiracy to commit fraud.

    As long as your client was smart enough to pick his patsy out early and make sure all communication is in person or unrecorded, you have a decent shot.
  • #70 by jbcarol on 09 Jun 2017

  • #71 by jbcarol on 10 Jun 2017

  •  Ralph D. Russo‏Verified account @ralphDrussoAP 17h17 hours ago

    Ralph D. Russo Retweeted Chase Parham

    Egg Bowl should be fun.
  • #72 by jbcarol on 12 Jun 2017

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    Scarblog: Look at the Ole Miss response to the NCAA allegations against him and the school's football program, and it leads to another conclusion: Freeze has more support at the moment from his administration than any SEC coach not named Nick Saban.

    The Texas A&M AD just told the world that his head coach, Kevin Sumlin, "has to win, and he has to win this year."

    Ole Miss just told the world in great detail that its head coach has won by doing things the right way and anyone who says otherwise - including the NCAA enforcement staff - is wrong.

    Instead of throwing Freeze under the bus in the face of potentially crippling sanctions, Ole Miss has circled the wagons around him. Painted him as the picture of personal and professional integrity. Argued that if rules were broken, they were broken by rogue staffers and boosters, and the head coach didn't know and couldn't have known despite his best efforts to run a clean program.

    Wow. Beat Saban, not once but twice, and you get supported like Saban.

    Of course, the NCAA enforcement staff has a different view of Freeze...
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  • #77 by Justifiable Hogicide on 23 Jun 2017
  • Ole Miss & Brother Freeze's latest response:
  • #78 by jbcarol on 29 Jun 2017

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    Ole Miss has sold 43,941 of its public season tickets for the upcoming season. Thats down from 46,946 season tickets sold by late June for the 2016, a sell-out number the is the [sic] most the school has ever sold...

    While thats a little off pace, one could argue its actually a pretty strong performance given the dark cloud of an NCAA investigation looming and the lack of an opportunity to play postseason football hampering excitement.

    Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork seemed to agree with that line of thinking.

    Right now, I know were behind where we were last year at this point in time, Bjork told Potter. But were only a few thousand away from another sellout.

    Nearly 2,000 of the 2017 season ticket sales are new customers.

    Ole Miss season tickets start at $400
  • #79 by jbcarol on 10 Jul 2017
  • #80 by Sivad on 11 Jul 2017
  • Hammer Time
  • #81 by jbcarol on 13 Jul 2017

  • Ole Miss committed an unforced error it [sic] how put everything [sic] on Houston Nutt, leading to today's lawsuit.
  • #82 by Sivad on 13 Jul 2017
  • Ole Miss committed an unforced error it [sic] how put everything [sic] on Houston Nutt, leading to today's lawsuit.
    When you lie down with rabid weasels.....
  • #83 by jbcarol on 14 Jul 2017
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  • There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling.
  • #88 by jbcarol on 15 Jul 2017

  •  Stuff  is about to get real

    Fricking order
  • #89 by jbcarol on 15 Jul 2017
  •  DJournalnow‏ @DJournalnow July

    Freeze at Media Days: Media frozen out on talk of NCAA investigation  | Declines to answer questions on issue.
  • #90 by Sivad on 15 Jul 2017
  • So he's Winston Churchill now?
  • #91 by jbcarol on 17 Jul 2017

  • #92 by runninhog on 17 Jul 2017

  • Coach Freeze is gonna seem like Theon Greyjoy before this all over.
  • #93 by jbcarol on 18 Jul 2017
  • #94 by jbcarol on 18 Jul 2017

  •  Stuff  is about to get real

    Fricking order

  • #95 by jbcarol on 20 Jul 2017
  • #96 by jbcarol on 21 Jul 2017

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    Mistakes were, in fact, made.

    Ole Miss is two weeks from the start of practice, 45 days from the start of the 2017 season and, thanks to a call to a hooker, now without its head coach.

    Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, although Id guess that technical description is only to allow him to keep some small part of his dignity intact. He didnt deserve it. A pattern of personal misconduct, discovered after an investigation into a January 2016 phone call to an escort service, meant that had Freeze not resigned, athletic director Ross Bjork would have fired him.

    We simply cannot accept the conduct in his personal life, Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said.

    Therell be no buyout, and Freeze is now running neck-and-neck with Art Briles for the dishonor of the most un-hireable man in football.

    Yes, thats right: Houston Nutt (whose lawyer found the phone call in a mountain of records) couldnt beat Louisiana Tech, Vanderbilt or anyone else in the SEC by the end of his tenure. He sure as hell beat Hugh Freeze though.
  • #97 by jbcarol on 22 Jul 2017

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    OXFORD Here lies Ole Miss' football program without the coach who helped it climb to its greatest heights in recent memory.

    Here the program sits without a chance to play in the postseason this fall.

    So the natural question is where do the Rebels go from here after Hugh Freeze's resignation, which made for a dramatic and stunning end to his five-year tenure Thursday night.

    The immediate future is centered on the field. Ole Miss opens training camp with Matt Luke as its interim coach on Aug. 2.

    "The team is the focus right now," Ross Bjork, Ole Miss' athletic director, said Thursday night. "I told the football staff that the number one thing, from beginning to end, is the team and thats all that matters."

    Luke will guide the Rebels through their 12 games, but as was the case before Freeze resigned and remains so after: The future of this program will be determined by what happens off the field.

    But now, the future is tied to two things an NCAA hearing and a coaching search instead of one. The NCAA will file its response to Ole Miss in the coming days, if it hasn't already. A hearing will be set up sometime afterward and a resolution should be reached sometime this fall.

    But one of, if not the main distraction, around all of that was what would happen to Freeze? Even though it was unrelated to the NCAA case, that question has been answered. He's gone.

  • #98 by jbcarol on 22 Jul 2017
  • #99 by jbcarol on 24 Jul 2017
  • Ole Miss is getting hammered on Hammer Head Shark Week

  • #100 by jbcarol on 25 Jul 2017