Is trouble on the horizon for Ole Miss? Some coaches reportedly think so.
In a fascinating piece by 247Sports’ Travis Haney, it’s reported that some at the American Football Coaches Association Convention in Nashville think possible NCAA sanctions in the near future could end up costing Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze his job. One of Haney’s sources said Freeze “is on the hot seat as much as any coach in the country.”
Here’s more from the story:
Many conversations in the hallways and lobbies inside Opryland Hotel centered on Ole Miss. Coaches here anticipate NCAA sanctions for the Rebels in the next two or three months — presuming there is not another round of investigation, which still remains a possibility.
Some coaches and industry sources are of the opinion that the results will wind up costing coach Hugh Freeze his job. One of those sources said he believes Freeze “is on the hot seat as much as any coach in the country.”
Another coach pointed out that skepticism — and maybe jealousy, to some extent — is perhaps causing coaches to wish for doom in Oxford more than it will actually come. But even those close to the program seem to be bracing for NCAA impact.
At their most optimistic, people inside the football building are hopeful that, like the Miami case, the hovering cloud and perpetual fear wind up being worse than the punishment itself.
“With the NCAA, you just never know,” one industry source said. “Impossible to predict.”
The NCAA investigation involving Ole Miss began because of possible recruiting violations that occurred before last season. However, the investigation intensified after former Rebels offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil said he accepted money from coaches during his time in college.
You can’t say life is boring for Freeze these days. Recently, he completed a staff overhaul after Ole Miss’ disappointing 5-7 campaign, which was the Rebels’ first losing season in Freeze’s five years with the program.
Are dark clouds gathering above Oxford? We’ll see.