If you’re wondering how the rather plain Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze manages to thrive as a recruiter, listening to the man for just a couple of minutes will provide the answer. Freeze comes across as an honest, common sense type of guy. Try this matter-of-fact remark on for size:
“The expectations that are coming now with our program, I’m very careful. I told every group that I went to this spring and I tell our team quite often that unrealistic expectations always produce frustration…
So our task in Year Two is to maintain the enthusiasm and energy from both our fans and our players and everyone that is involved in our program as we continue to strive to be relevant in the SEC West.”
Authentic, straight-forward. The coach didn’t dodge the fact that his program still needs to grow just to be “relevant” inside its own division. Also, Freeze was wise to try and cap fans’ hopes for the upcoming season, but he did so in a way that was very much believable.
Freeze isn’t an exciting speaker but he comes across as genuine. No doubt that’s what’s helped him in living rooms across the South in recent months.