COLUMN: At 3-2 through five games, everything’s gone according to the script for Ole Miss, no matter what script you’re working from. Pundits and fans who predicted results as varied as 3-8 to 7-5 had the Rebels losing to national powers Texas and Alabama, and taking care of business against inferior non-conference competition in Central Arkansas, UTEP and Tulane. (more…) (October 4, 2012, Page 9)
COLUMN: Bo Wallace has a bad shoulder and has been limited in practice this week. The fact he’s Ole Miss’ best and most complete quarterback for head coach Hugh Freeze’s system is reason enough to think that the coaching staff might let him rest a while (or an entire game) to preserve Wallace for the rest of the year. (more…) (September 28, 2012, Page 7A)
COLUMN: NEW ORLEANS — After a 3-1 start to the 2012 season, and non-conference play out of the way, the big question asked to the Ole Miss Rebels and coach Hugh Freeze was “are you ready for SEC play?”
It was a simple question that actually produced several different answers. Sophomore defensive end C.J. Johnson, who had just helped the Rebels earn their first shutout since 2008, believes the team could play with anybody, even if the next opponent is No. 1 Alabama. (more…) (September 24, 2012, Page 1B)
COLUMN: To take nothing away from Hugh Freeze’s innovative signature on the spread passing attack, defenses are what the SEC’s unprecedented run of BCS titles have been built on. On a lesser level, that holds true for almost every successful 9 or 10 win campaign for a conference team. (more…) (September 20, 2012, Page 9)
COLUMN: Less than a week after talking about what a win against No. 14 Texas would do for the Ole Miss program, freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche was focused on staying together as a team. (more…) (September 17, 2012, Page 1B)
And no, he did not visit Austin, Texas. Nor did he receive an offer from the Longhorns.
COLUMN: No one on the red and blue side of this weekend’s sideshow of a football game is going to admit it’s a mulligan, but in the grand scheme, it is.
Ole Miss enters a game with Big 12 power Texas with virtually nothing to lose. The Rebels have matched their win total of 2011 before September 15, and having been tabbed as likely the worst team of 2012 in the SEC before the year started, no one expected — or expects — them to beat the ‘Horns. (more…) (September 13, 2012, Page 10)
COLUMN: HOOVER, Ala. —He was quick but not rushed, funny but not mocked, informative but not boring, and even managed to find the sunny side of inheriting a 2-10 program with a healthy SEC losing streak.
Measured by his own rhetoric, the consensus among a pool of over 1,000 media members jaded by three days of clichés and no sunlight was that Hugh Freeze won the day in Hoover. The SEC rookie head coach held his own, and maybe even then some during Thursday’s SEC Media Days finale. (more…) (July 20, 2012, Page 6A)
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