Hugh Freeze recently tweeted that he thinks Ole Miss’ annual Egg Bowl matchup with Mississippi State has gone “too far“.
The tweet was in response to a column written by The Clarion-Ledger columnist Hugh Kellenberger in which he examined the state of the rivalry, and how it has become fueled by hate. Dan Mullen was asked about the rivalry by Paul Finebaum on Monday at SEC Media Days and admitted that he wasn’t too fond of the Rebels.
“I think when you look at the big picture. Any rivalry, there is always that,” Mullen said. “I think people get too confused in the rivalries between the schools. There’s not much I like about the school up north at all. As a whole. But the individuals there’s nothing personal that comes with that. It’s a rivalry between the institutions.”
While Mullen might not like Ole Miss, he has no qualms with Freeze. He said the two talk about satellite camps and other topics, but Mullen didn’t exactly agree with Freeze’s take on the rivalry game. Although, he does admit that things have changed.
“I think it’s just a fun, friendly rivalry. But I think the success that the two schools have had maybe in some way has downplayed the rivalry,” Mullen said. “Where it used to be in Mississippi, that’s what you had. If you look at the success that both schools have had. Both schools are playing for a lot more these days than maybe they had in the past. Maybe there are some fans that want it to just be about that one game and not about the bigger picture of the programs.”