When a college football game is decided by three points and in the final minutes like Ole Miss’ game with Texas A&M was Saturday night, coaches, fans, players and media will often go to the stats to figure out where the game was won or lost.
In the case of the Rebels, a season-high 10 penalties that garnered 71 yards hurt their chances of earning the victory as much as any stat, including two interceptions thrown by Bo Wallace. (more…) (October 8, 2012, Page 2B)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Hugh Freeze’s face walking into Saturday night’s postgame press conference to talk about his Ole Miss Rebels’ 33-14 setback to No. 1 Alabama in front of 101,821 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium said everything that needed to be said. It appeared that Freeze was more pleased with how his team played against the vaunted Crimson Tide even before he said as much.
His face also seemed to show disappointment with mistakes made again during the course of the game, such as the 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown turned in by Christion Jones that erased the Rebels’ only lead of the game.
In the end, Freeze was pleased with the effort, the fight and the attitude his Rebels displayed in their first road game in a hostile environment, but he just wanted the game to be a little closer late and he took blame for not allowing that to happen. (October 1, 2012, Page 1B)
Heading into preseason camp, new offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke made it a goal of his to give every player a clean slate.
The former Ole Miss center felt it wasn’t fair to judge his players abilities strictly on what they accomplished with the former coaching staff. (August 17, 2012, Page 6A)
Shaking up the depth chart comes with the territory when discussing a coaching change.
Players who were starters under the former regime are forced to re-prove themselves. And those who may have once been buried on the depth chart are given a fresh start. (March 23, 2012, Page 7A)
Hugh Freeze’s first football signing class wasn’t big on numbers, but it did include some important players for the future of the program. By the Oxford EAGLE’s press time at 10:15 a.m., Ole Miss received a total of 11 National Letters of Intent from players across the state and region. Four players — quarterback Bo Wallace, defensive back Dehendret Collins, offensive lineman Darone Bailey and offensive lineman Pierce Burton — already signed scholarship papers and are enrolled in the spring semester. (more…) (February 1, 2012, Page 6)
BLOG: During his press conference on Monday, new Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said the Rebels needed to address depth issues, specifically along the offensive line and in the defensive secondary. Today the Rebels did just that, signing two offensive linemen and a defensive back from the junior college ranks. (more…) (December 21, 2011)