Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze took the stage Thursday at SEC Media Days just a day after a lawsuit, filed by former Rebels head coach Houston Nutt, alleges he made “off the record” phone calls to several journalists giving a false narrative on the NCAA violations committed by the program.
Not exactly wanting to take questions from the throngs of media, Freeze started his time with a long opening statement that covered everything from not answering questions on the NCAA violations, highlighting the entire coaching staff, and giving the Rebels depth chart in immense detail.
People took notice and went to Twitter to make comments and jokes about the situation:
It's a filibuster. He's gonna try to go all 30 minutes.
— Brandon Walker (@BWalker_SEC) July 13, 2017
If Hugh Freeze sets SEC Media Days record for longest opening statement, will it later be vacated by NCAA?
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 13, 2017
Is there an SECMD equivalent to MLB's pitch clock?
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) July 13, 2017
If his filibuster runs much longer, Hugh Freeze will have to leave and head straight to the stadium for the opener against South Alabama.
— Kevin Scarbinsky (@KevinScarbinsky) July 13, 2017
Tried/true tactic being employed by Hugh Freeze. At podium for main interview session, opening statement is speech. Wants to run out clock.
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) July 13, 2017
Reporter: Coach Freeze, what are your thoughts on the latest accu-
Freeze: I brought with me this IKEA catalog, which I will now read to the
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) July 13, 2017
Take one drink every time he says no comment. pic.twitter.com/engJ2cpVd9
— Hale McGranahan (@Hale_SECcountry) July 13, 2017
Hugh will read the phone book to conclude the opening statement.
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) July 13, 2017
— Dana Sulonen (@DanaSulonen) July 13, 2017
Dean Smith would be proud, Hugh.#FourCorners
— Matt Hayes (@MattHayesCFB) July 13, 2017
"I will now read our entire media guide… in multiple languages."
– Hugh Freeze
— Mark Nagi (@MarkNagi) July 13, 2017
Solid filibuster, Hugh. About 16 minutes in all.
— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) July 13, 2017
In case you missed Hugh Freeze's opening filibuster: pic.twitter.com/aQDLbg2Azi
— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) July 13, 2017