Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze smiled and kept an even, friendly tone when asked about all the fingers that were pointed at him and his program last February. Everyone certainly remembers the rumors of rule-bending on the recruiting trail as the Rebels inked a top 10 class nationally. Freeze remembers it, too, but he didn’t seem the least bit bothered by the question:
“Well, if you get your feelings hurt at this level you’ll always be on a roller-coaster ride. It really didn’t hurt my feelings. Obviously you get tired of hearing the same things over and over. I’m very thrilled — well, not thrilled ’cause we’re gonna wind up playing them — but people like Mark (Stoops) at Kentucky and Butch (Jones) at Tennessee (are) doing so good in recruiting. It can be done.
Obviously I have great faith in our compliance staff and they handle all those issues. Certainly we’re human and if mistakes are made we will own up to them immediately and we’ll report ourselves. Yeah, you get tired of hearing those things, but it looks like it’s gonna stay with us for a while.”
Freeze took no shots at rival Mississippi State, a program that just got hit with probation. One wonders if Dan Mullen would have passed on such an opportunity if the roles were reversed.