Last week, Ole Miss went ahead and self-imposed a bowl ban for the 2017 season in light of the 21 NCAA infractions they are facing. The road is far from over for the Rebels, and who knows what future punishments lay ahead once the NCAA makes up its mind.
Upon further review, there are several things that need to be stated. First off, a lot of teams in college football cheat. Let’s not be naive. Ole Miss just sucks at hiding it. There are a lot of teams that get away with it. Now, these teams may not pay for players directly, but it definitely happens in other ways.
If you are a team like Alabama or any big time successful program, it is easier to attribute your recruiting success to program history. I would honestly be very interested to find out how many programs are doing the same thing as Ole Miss. I mean, come on, there are boosters putting out money, local businesses giving players discounts and other things that have to be happening.
Now, let us move on to another issue. Hugh Freeze is a hypocrite. Yeah, I said it. The dude is full of it. Trust me, I have been around my fair share of hypocrites. (I went to a religious school for crying out loud.) The guy acts so holy and pure even when his program is going through a major scandal, and he is facing a charge of lack of institutional control. Freeze even compared Ole Miss’ situation to the way Jesus Christ was treated.
That is laughable and ridiculous. Getting investigated by the NCAA (for a good reason at that) is slightly different than being crucified, but I digress.
I cannot honestly respect the guy anymore. Maybe he really didn’t know about all the scandals going on, but I seriously doubt it. If he didn’t, he is admitting that he’s a terrible coach. For instance, if coaches on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama were paying players, Saban would definitely know about it.
Never forget this since deleted Hugh Freeze Tweet. So perfect. pic.twitter.com/gEvTeT1RYw— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 22, 2017
Even when the Florida job was open after they fired Will Muschamp and hired Jim McElwain, an Orlando Sentinel columnist said the Gators likely did not seriously consider Freeze for the job due to character issues.
So get off your high horse, Hugh. It is not fooling anyone anymore.
The third topic is that of the Egg Bowl next year. The bitter, in-state rivalry got the temperature dial turned up with Mississippi State’s involvement.
Former linebacker recruit Leo Lewis was allegedly given cash payments worth upwards of $13k and still did not sign with the Rebels. That is a hilarious story in and of itself, but what makes it even better is that Lewis is currently enrolled at Mississippi State.
Way to take down your biggest rival.
Now, I am very skeptical that MSU did not offer the guy anything. (Honestly, if I played college football, I want to get the most money for my services.) However, Mississippi State is in the clear and in a good position for in-state recruiting, with Ole Miss currently a toxic situation. Coincidently, it did not come as a surprise when Dan Mullen signed an extension with the Bulldogs on Monday.
Ole Miss is definitely in a boat load of trouble, and it probably won’t get resolved anytime soon. The full scope of how this will impact the Rebels and, in turn, the rest of the SEC is still a mystery. Check back with armchairallamericans.com to keep you up to date on this story.