Hugh Freeze, topic of conversation:
Many conversations in the hallways and lobbies inside Opryland Hotel centered on Ole Miss. Coaches here anticipate NCAA sanctions for the Rebels in the next two or three months — presuming there is not another round of investigation, which still remains a possibility.
Some coaches and industry sources are of the opinion that the results will wind up costing coach Hugh Freeze his job. One of those sources said he believes Freeze “is on the hot seat as much as any coach in the country.”
Another coach pointed out that skepticism — and maybe jealousy, to some extent — is perhaps causing coaches to wish for doom in Oxford more than it will actually come. But even those close to the program seem to be bracing for NCAA impact.
At their most optimistic, people inside the football building are hopeful that, like the Miami case, the hovering cloud and perpetual fear wind up being worse than the punishment itself.
“With the NCAA, you just never know,” one industry source said. “Impossible to predict.”
Vultures, vultures everywhere.
If coaches are saying this to the media, one can only guess what they’re saying to recruits and their families. The great thing is that they can play the faux concern card on the recruiting trail and still get plenty of mileage out of the sheer uncertainty surrounding the program right now. In that light, another round of NCAA investigation putting off Judgment Day a while longer would be a bug, not a feature, for Freeze.
By the way, Ole Miss currently sits next to last in the current 247 SEC team recruiting rankings.