Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was attacked by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh during his tirade regarding the banning of satellite camps. On Wednesday, Freeze responded to Harbaugh and took the high road.
Harbaugh accused Freeze of not wanting to “work harder” after Freeze said he didn’t mind the NCAA’s ruling because he didn’t want to spend more nights on the road away from his family. Freeze said he could’ve phrased his statement differently, but isn’t sorry about wanting to spend more time with his family.
“I probably should’ve said that a little differently, but I’ll never apologize for wanting to be a father and a husband,” Freeze said according to MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner. “I miss enough volleyball games (and other things), that is a priority for me.”
Freeze doesn’t think his work ethic is a problem, either.
“I think we work very hard, I don’t think working hard is an issue. If you’re asking me if I want to add more nights away from my wife and kids, I do not,” Freeze said, via MLive. “That window is closing for me to be a husband and a father and I think the kids that play in our system need to see me in that role an awful lot.”
Despite the banter, Freeze complimented Harbaugh for his unorthodox style and thought process. But, Freeze mentioned that Harbaugh’s candid remarks didn’t sit well.
“I’ve been very complimentary of Coach Harbaugh and him thinking out of the box,” Freeze said, Baumgardner reported. “But we’re probably not a kindred spirit in regards to making comments toward other coaches in our great profession in public forums like he has done. We’re not real kindred in that regard. But I have great respect for the way he challenges and thinks outside the box. He’s done some neat things.”