Ole Miss responds to Notice of Allegations

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?

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.

Seahawks sign Austin Davis…

….and not Colin Kaepernick. Now, I’m not losing any sleep over this, but Colin is far better than Davis. He also fits the Seahawks system, again, far better than Davis.

At the same time, Davis was almost certainly cheaper than Kaepernick, and also has much less baggage. It’s baggage that I’ve talked about a ton on radio, but haven’t here. To make it brief, I’ll just lay out the timeline and what my general opinion of each event was.

1. Wearing a Dolphins hat on Instagram while a member of the 49ers: Pretty simple, thought it was immature.
2. The Anthem protest: Didn’t agree, but I understood it. Defended his right to do it while many called for his suspension.
3. Pledging his first million to charity: Loved this move. Dude put his money where his mouth was. The protest still didn’t make a ton of sense, but all least he’s doing some good.
4. Socks depicting cops as pigs: This came out after the anthem protests, but was from a few years before. Thought it was extremely immature, and pretty disrespectful.
5. Fidel Castro t-shirt: Obviously, dumb as fuck.
6. Defending his Fidel Castro shirt to the face of a Cuban-American reporter who fled Cuba: Even dumber. This one completely baffled me. As people celebrated Castro’s death in the streets of Miami, Colin Kaepernick tried to tell a person that witnessed his reign firsthand, that Castro wasn’t all bad because of “literacy rates”.
7. Announcing he would no longer protest the Anthem: What had changed? Did he accomplish anything? This made the original protests feel a lot more hollow.

I’m sure I left out some stuff. Essentially, I’m hot and cold on this guy. Does some good, says some stupid.

At the end of the day, however, that’s a pretty long list of public controversies (excluding the million to charity), especially for a guy that is looking for a backup quarterback job.

And whether you want to argue the merits of each incident, he knew they would be controversial, and he knew they would bring a ton of attention. He chose to become a distraction at a time when he knew he had become a lower-tier passer, one who was by no means guaranteed a spot on an NFL roster. All while having a skill set that fit a small number of offenses in the league.

Do I wish he had a job? Of course. You never want someone to be out of a job. But this isn’t a great disservice. This is a case of a marginal quarterback being left out because he is a distraction.

But hey, try baseball. Seems to be working out for Tebow.

Draymond Green calls Kelly Olynyk ‘dirty’

 

Man, this one is rich. This is coming from the guy that, as we all know, was suspended during the NBA Finals last year for repeatedly kicking opposing players in the groin. That may not equate to ripping a guy’s shoulder out of it’s socket, but any guy will tell you it’s closer than you think.

Is Kelly Olynyk dirty? Yes. Is Draymond Green right there with him in the top five? Yes. And ironically, both really fucked up the Finals last year.

Woody Barrett leaving Auburn

Woody Barrett deciding to transfer from Auburn is something that, quite frankly, most people saw coming. With the addition of Jarrett Stidham during the offseason, Barrett’s wait to see the field was extended by at least two years. The emergence of Malik Lewis pretty much sealed this up. Lewis will be going into his prime year when the quarterback battle opens back up, and Auburn coaches seem to love the shiny, new toy.

Sports fans, and more so college football fans, will be quick to throw out words like ‘quitter’, ‘disloyal’, and ‘soft’.Β  Barrett is simply a guy who didn’t like his current career situation, so he found a better one. Barrett’s not a “quitter” for this decision, he’s a football player with four years to put together an NFL portfolio. I wouldn’t want to waste most, if not all, of that time sitting on the bench for a coach with a spotty record of developing quarterbacks in the first place.

Barrett isn’t ‘disloyal’ for leaving, just like Auburn wasn’t ‘disloyal’ for signing another QB after him. Loyalty goes both ways, but both sides should understand that college football is a business. Barrett has to do what’s best for him, and Auburn has to do the same. If Auburn had specifically told Barrett, ‘you’re our guy and we won’t recruit another one until you’re gone’, this would be different. They didn’t.