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2013 Signing Class: Mississippi State’s Target Zone

target-with-dartsMississippi State added 21 players from 9 different states on Wednesday and Thursday.  A breakdown of the Bulldogs’ “target zone” is below:

 

Mississippi = 8 recruits

Alabama = 3

Louisiana = 2

Texas = 2

Virginia = 2

Florida = 1

Georgia = 1

Maryland = 1

Tennessee = 1

 

In-State Signees = 38.0%

Out-Of-State Signees = 61.9%

 

Observation:

While Ole Miss was making national headlines with an eye-popping (and eyebrow-raising) signing class, Dan Mullen and crew were putting together what’s become a typical MSU type of class — plenty of in-state recruits with a solid overall ranking after the fact.  But there’s no question The School Up North stole the spotlight this year.  Mullen was even asked about Hugh Freeze’s class during his brief phoner with ESPNU.  Ouch.  But at least State held onto the state of Mississippi’s top-ranked player, Chris Jones.  If the big, five-star defensive end had flipped to the Rebels, a few Dog fans might have flipped their lids.

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S Connor Chooses Ole Miss Over Alabama

mrsec-breaking-newsMississippi native and highly-recruited safety Antonio Connor has decided to ink with Ole Miss over Alabama.  “I feel more comfortable playing down here in my home state,” Connor said.

In state, out of state, Hugh Freeze is putting together the best recruiting haul — on paper, of course — in the history of Rebel football.  Gee.  Wonder what’s going to happen with expectations next year?

Regardless, another great get for Ole Miss.

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OT Tunsil Picks Ole Miss

mrsec-breaking-newsFive-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil has announced that he’ll play college ball at Ole Miss.  Tunsil is yet another huge grab for Hugh Freeze and his staff.  He is widely considered to be the #1 tackle prospect in the nation.

Rebel fans can think defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Kiffin for reeling in Tunsil.  Asked why he picked Ole Miss, the big lineman said, “It’s all about relationships and that’s what me and Chris Kiffin had.”

Freeze said that his staff’s targeting of specific players that he and his fellow coaches had ties to has paid off.  No question.  The Rebels have landed the nation’s top defensive end, top offensive tackle, and top wide receiver.

Hotty Toddy.

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Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze: “If You Have Facts About A Violation…”

gfx - they said itWith Ole Miss on the verge of signing a potentially top 5 recruiting class, some eyebrows are being raised in the direction of Oxford, Mississippi and head coach Hugh Freeze.  Firing back at the gossip and innuendo, Freeze took to Twitter with this statement on Friday:

 

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

 

You won’t find that quote on Freeze’s Twitter acount., but the Jackon Clarion-Ledger was quick to post it before it was apparently deleted.

Earlier this week, Ole Miss commitment Laquon Treadwell caused a stir by flashing some cash in a photo – allegedly taken during a recruiting visit to Oxford.

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Then And Now: Five SEC Coaches Will Have To Live With High School Photos Going Public

There’s only one thing in the world worse than someone stumbling across your old high school annual.  That’s someone taking your photo from your old high school annual and posting it online for all to see.

Five SEC football coaches are dealing with that very thing today after USA Today’s High School Sports site found and then posted photos from their high school days.  If you’re interested in seeing additional coaches from non-SEC schools — like Bill Snyder playing ball in a leather helmet (joke) — click right here.

If you just want to see the SEC coaches’ mugs, see below, starting with a pre-hat Les Miles.  “The Mad Unitarder.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Softer, Gentler Mullen Says Good Things About Freeze Pre-Egg Bowl

Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen has spent three years needling and gigging the fans and coaches at Ole Miss, er, I mean “that school up north.”  So it was a bit surprising yesterday when he had only pleasantries to share regarding the job first-year coach Hugh Freeze is doing in Oxford:

 

“It looks like, to me, that Hugh has their guys playing hard.  They’ve been playing real hard and battling right down to the very end in most of their games this season.  We expect a four-quarter fight…

It looks like they’re on the right path.  They’re playing hard.  When I look at my team, what I want anyway, is when I turn on the film I want to see a team where you have all 11 guys on the field playing really hard.  If you do that you have the opportunity to win.  I’ve seen their guys play hard this year.  As I evaluate programs — I don’t know if I’m an expert — but he has them going in the right direction.”

 

Now, are those kind words a product of Freeze’s own nice guy reputation?  Possibly.  He’s a hard guy not to like.

But it’s also possible the Mullen spent his first three seasons trying to send a message that his program — not Mississippi’s — was the premier football program in the Magnolia State.  Now, having won three Egg Bowls in a row and on the verge of yet another bowl trip, he might believe it’s time to make sure his team takes the Rebels seriously.

MSU snapped a three-game skid on Saturday against Arkansas and can still finish 9-3 with a win against Ole Miss.

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WOW Headlines – 11/8/12

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on racially-charged student gathering on campus on election night: “We’re our own worst enemy when we do those kind of things.”
Bobby Petrino’s father says his son would be interested in the open Kentucky job and “might take the first job he gets offered.”
Alabama QB AJ McCarron on win over LSU: “The win only means so much if you finish out strong.”
Auburn’s football program has hired a security firm to help enforce curfews
South Carolina coaches say injured RB Marcus Lattimore won’t require more than one surgery on his damaged knee
Tennessee D-coordinator Sal Sunseri: “I’m not disappointed in the kids; I’m disappointed in myself.”
A telethon led by Kentucky’s John Calipari raised at least $500,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief
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SEC Headlines 10/7/2012

1. Matt Hayes on the new Florida football: “It’s man on man, helmet on helmet, best man wins.”

2. Andy Staples: “ Florida has needed a win like this since Tim Tebow graduated.”

3. Will Muschamp: “That was typical 1980 SEC right there today.”

4. Mike Bianchi on Florida (Saturday): “Brace yourself, Florida fans, because it’s not gonna be pretty.”

5. Mike Bianchi on Florida (Sunday): “Make room for the undefeated Florida Gators – the newest member of the Southeastern Conference’s fraternal order of heavyweight contenders.”

6. Glenn Gilbeau on LSU: “This is a sloppy, uninspired, average football team.”

7. What was Hugh Freeze thinking when going for it on fourth down from his own 39 late in the game?

8. Mike Herndon: “This one is going to take a long time for Hugh Freeze to live down.”

9. Gene Wojciechowski on South Carolina: “This isn’t the old Spurrier. This isn’t the old Spurrier offense.”

10. Mark Bradley: “South Carolina was bigger, faster, stronger, tougher and yes, better-coached.”

11. Connor Shaw now 13-1 as a starting quarterback for the Gamecocks.

12. A sneak peek ahead at next week’s marquee matchup: South Carolina travels to LSU.

13. What’s at stake next week for Tennessee at Mississippi State? Either a win against a ranked opponent for the first time since 2008 or an 0-3 start to the SEC season with Alabama and South Carolina looming.

14. What about Derek Dooley’s job status? “By Halloween, we will have a better idea about how things stand.”

15. 22 freshmen have seen action this season for Kentucky.

16. “Is the promise of a better tomorrow enough to retain Joker Phillips?”

17. Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari awards two walk-ons scholarships for the upcoming season.

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WOW Headlines – 10/2/12

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger shaved his mustache to change the Tigers’ luck on offense
Georgia-South Carolina tickets for this weekend are going for up to $1,000
Derek Dooley on Tennessee’s showing versus Georgia: “We need to be really upset at the way we performed.”
Nick Saban says he does not feel Alabama is invincible “in any way, shape, or form.”
Arkansas RB Knile Davis is averaging a fumble every 12.4 touches this season
Hugh Freeze says QB Bo Wallace will get more competition due to “bad decisions” and “bad throws”
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Bama LB Johnson Concerned With UM’s Tempo

Don’t think that top-ranked Alabama is overlooking Ole Miss this weekend.  The speed at which Hugh Freeze’s offense moves has caught the eye of the Tide players, including linebacker Nico Johnson:

 

“So far this year, I don’t think we’ve played anybody that runs an offense at a tempo that they run their at.  Just trying to get lined up and trying to get everything down to a T, because they come out every play in a different formation — just about every play.  So we’ve got to be on our P’s and Q’s through the week.”

 

T’s, P’s, Q’s… as positive as Freeze’s start at Ole Miss has been, it’s still like Alabama will leave the field on Saturday with the W.

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