Hugh Freeze knew the questions were coming when he went to SEC Media Days last week. Those questions, of course, had to do with the ongoing NCAA investigation into the Ole Miss football program.
On this episode, Parrish is joined by guest co-host Brad Locke, and they examine how Freeze handled himself in front of the assembled media in Hoover (2:17). He used a 16-minute filibuster to eat up much of his allotted time in the main ballroom, and he got out ahead of questions related directly to the investigation by referring reporters to an earlier statement. Reporters still addressed the issue around the edges and in general terms, but it all went about as well as Freeze could have hoped.
Part of the NCAA drama includes a lawsuit filed by former coach Houston Nutt (7:17), who has claimed that Ole Miss damaged his chances of landing another coaching job by placing inordinate blame on him and his staff for violations.
As for on-the-field matters, Parrish and Brad discuss the media’s season predictions (10:50). The Bulldogs and Rebels were picked to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Western Division.
Also, Parrish looks at the plight of former Ole Miss basketball star Justin Reed, who has been diagnosed with a rare cancer of the spine (15:24). A GoFundMe page has been set up to help offset Reed’s medical expenses.