Another SEC coach has gotten in the middle of the SEC vs. Jim Harbaugh war, as Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze gave his thoughts on the Michigan spring practices at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Freeze sat on both sides of the fence.
“I’m all for being creative. I’ll give them credit for that,” Freeze said to reporters Thursday. “I don’t let what other people do bother me too much, but I’m not sure how a college coach can be on a high school campus during a quiet period. I don’t quite understand that.”
Freeze joins Georgia coach Kirby Smart, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, Tennessee coach Butch Jones and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey as individuals to make public comments about Michigan’s trip.
Bielema tweeted on Wednesday that he was going to visit the Wolverine’s Friday practice, which is open to the media, but he clarified Thursday that he would not be allowed to attend the practice because of NCAA rules, which don’t allow college coaches to visit high schools during a quiet period in recruiting. That’s been Freeze’s biggest concern, and he too put in a request to attend Friday’s practice.
“They’re having an open practice, I think, tomorrow, and I’ve actually requested to go to it,” Freeze said. “I want to watch the practice, but I don’t think I’ll get approval to do that. But that’s the only thing I don’t understand. I give them credit for being creative. There are parts of it I don’t understand.”