Some things are best left in the past. An Ole Miss staffer with good intentions found that out the hard way on Saturday night.
Former Ole Miss coach Tommy Tuberville was back at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday thanks to a color analyst assignment for the ESPN2 broadcast of the Rebels’ game against Texas A&M.
Tuberville, who left Ole Miss nearly two decades ago to take the head coaching job at Auburn, once said that you’d have to carry him out of Oxford in a pine box when describing his loyalty to the program. It may have been 20 years, but Rebels fans have not forgotten.
In what now appears to have been a failed attempt to troll the former Ole Miss head coach, the Rebels video staff put an old video of Tuberville leading the Ole Miss crowd in its Hotty Toddy chant onto the big screen at the stadium prior to the start of the second half.
It was met with boos and confusion. You can watch how that went over here:
Case you missed it pic.twitter.com/mQbJGE76kt
— Yellow Cup (@YellowCupReb) November 19, 2017
As it turns out, the intention of the video never was to motivate the crowd with an image of Tuberville from yesteryear. In fact, Michael Thompson tweeted that it was much the opposite.
The Ole Miss staffer, who has claimed responsibility for airing the video, issued an explanation and an apology to Ole Miss fans after the 31-24 loss to the Aggies:
That explanation does make sense. And who among us hasn’t told a joke that fell flat on the audience?
Ole Miss has likely learned its lesson here: No “Hotty Toddy” videos of Hugh Freeze next time he’s in town. Got it? Good.
The Rebels will finish out the 2017 season with the much-anticipated Egg Bowl vs. Mississippi State on Thanksgiving.