A big takeaway from all this, is that Ole Miss seems intent on protecting Hugh Freeze. They acknowledge that a lot of bad things happened, but don’t want Freeze held responsible.
I understand that Ole Miss doesn’t want to part with a coach who brought them their first real success since Eli Manning, but is Hugh really worth it? With the future of your program on the line, is this the hill you want to die on?
Why is Ole Miss so intent on protecting Hugh Freeze? You gonna go to battle over a couple Bama upsets?
— Jake Mitchell (@TheJakeMitchell) June 6, 2017
I don’t think I would go to war with the NCAA over a Peach Bowl loss and a Sugar Bowl win. When you take into account the kind of roster he was gifted, it could be argued that Hugh has underachieved. Should a team that includes Robert NKemdiche, Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell, etc., lose seven games in two seasons?
Even with injuries, going 5-7 last year was inexcusable. The worst thing that can happen to a coach took place in 2016, when a 38-17 loss to Vanderbilt and a 55-20 loss in the Egg Bowl showed just how much that team had quit. You would assume a 5-7 season, after a few mediocre ones and a few above average ones, would the the death knell for an SEC coach that had been “pulling in” great recruiting classes, headlined by what Saturday Down South called the best recruiting class in the last decade.
Despite all that, considering Ole Miss talks about their wins over Alabama with more reverence than the Tide talk about their national titles, I guess they are more than satisfied.