Methinks he doth protest too much.

To paraphrase a familiar expression, when someone says, “it’s not a distraction”, it’s a distraction.

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Second year’s the charm?

I’d mock this entire piece as primo preseason happy talk, except it’s a big reason I’m counting on a resurgence from Georgia football in 2017.

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Today, in life comes at you fast

Yeah, probably a good idea.

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The question still left for Ole Miss to answer

If you’re Ross Bjork, when you next deal with NCAA investigators, exactly how do you go about defending the propriety of a man whom you were prepared to can by invoking “the termination clause in our contract for moral turpitude” had he not resigned first?

That’s one helluva needle to thread, brother.

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UPDATE:  I guess Bjork can try to start with this.

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UPDATE #2:  This is an even better short take than mine.

Even Thursday, Bjork tried to explain what had happened and why you heard him defending Freeze’s record of NCAA compliance. Ole Miss made the decision to tie its fate to Freeze’s years ago, and that has not changed one little bit.

They’re going to have to go in front of the Committee on Infractions and, for the sake of the university, argue that former staffer Barney Farrar was a renegade, but the guy whose personal life was deceitful and a sham acted honorably professionally. Good luck with that.

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“We call the wrong numbers all the time.”

As stunned as I was by the cosmically ironic revelation that Houston Nutt was able to wield the same instrument of his downfall at Arkansas to bring down Hugh Freeze, Freeze’s hubris is almost as stunning to me.

Forget about that obnoxious tweet about reporting recruiting infractions by his staff for a minute and concentrate on the here and now with this story:

USA Today reported Thursday that Freeze made a one-minute call from a university-issued phone to a number associated with a female escort service. The number was found during discovery related to former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt’s civil lawsuit against Ole Miss and Freeze, which was filed in federal court last week.

Bjork said six days of Freeze’s phone records from early January 2016 were turned over to Nutt’s attorney, and Freeze was allowed to redact personal phone calls before the records were released. Freeze failed to redact the 313 area code number in question, according to Bjork.

ESPN asked Freeze about the alleged phone call last week, and he denied purposely calling an escort service.

“We call the wrong numbers all the time,” Freeze said.

According to emails obtained by USA Today, Nutt’s attorney, Thomas Mars, sent an email to Ole Miss general counsel Lee Tyner, which referenced a “phone call Coach Freeze made that would be highly embarrassing for all of you and extremely difficult to explain.”

… At SEC media days, Freeze chose not to comment on Nutt but said that he was “disappointed by the timing of it” coming one day before he and his players arrived in Hoover, Alabama, for the event.

“This is the fifth year in a row I’ve been here and I can’t talk about our players,” Freeze said, wanting to turn the focus away from off-field issues. Freeze said he took responsibility for the ongoing NCAA investigation into the program, pointing out how the school self-imposed scholarship limitations and a bowl ban.

It’s a lot we inherited and caused in some cases,” Freeze said, alluding to the previous coaching staff.  [Emphasis added.]

To recap, then, the NCAA’s been shining a flashlight up your ass for more than a year, you tried to throw the Nuttster under the bus to deflect attention from your own actions, you wouldn’t back down when he asked for an apology, you received a pointed warning from Nutt’s attorney about your own behavior… and your response is to double down on Houston Nutt at SEC Media Days.

Remind me again why these guys think they’re so smart.

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BREAKING: Former Georgia Tech player isn’t impressed with Georgia.

Shorter Tom Luginbill:  Mark Richt’s failure to sign Carl Lawson or Raekwon McMillan proves that Kirby Smart is overrated.

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Meanwhile, on the injury front

When it comes to health issues, I don’t wish ill on any student-athlete, but in light of Georgia’s schedule, I thought I’d mention a couple of key hits.

No, those don’t translate into automatic wins for Georgia, but for once it’s news like this coming from other camps, instead of Athens.

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