For each team session at SEC Media Days, I will provide a quick and totally incomplete recap. Next up: Ole Miss‘ Hugh Freeze, WR Donte Moncrief, LB Mike Marry, and QB Bo Wallace.
I will admit that I am terrible at picking famous people out of a crowd, but Hugh Freeze is especially ordinary. Yet, once he started speaking, it became clear why Ole Miss has had so much success in recruiting: the man is just plain likable. Freeze is down to earth, funny, and aware of the challenges ahead of him.
In fact, he said that he’s very careful to warn those top recruits he’s been getting that winning in the SEC takes time:
“The expectations that are coming now with our program, I’m very careful. I told every group that I went to this spring, I tell our team quite often, that unrealistic expectations, they always produce frustration. I don’t care in what area of life that you’re in, if you have an unreal expectation and it does not come to pass, you get very frustrated.”
Those are some very wise words, and ones that Mark Stoops should heed. Freeze and Ole Miss are hopefully in the spot that Stoops and Kentucky will be in next year or the year after, and tempering recruits’ expectations while keeping enthusiasm high is a key part of that.
Random fact: Hugh Freeze coached a girls basketball team to four state championships. Really. A reporter felt the need to ask Hugh if that was true, like it was a typo in the Ole Miss media guide or something. Regardless, Freeze confirmed it with a bemused smile.
— Freeze also confirmed that he started wearing a visor as a high school coach because he wanted to be like Steve Spurrier. Even more, he says Spurrier actually likes that Freeze copies him, calling Freeze “Visor Guy.” Cue the Hugh Freeze/Steve Spurrier fanfics…
Linebacker Mike Marry definitely gets props for his colorful attire, with what may be the most talked about outfit of Media Days so far. And before you all go off on your “stop letting the girl talk about fashion” rants, I’ll have you know that at least six male reporters asked Mike about his outfit throughout the Q&A session, and Mike himself said that he chose to wore pink because “I think you gotta feel comfortable with what you’re wearing.” +1 for being comfortable in your masculinity.
In fact, Marry said he coordinated with teammate Donte Moncrief, who chose to embrace his inner hotty toddy in a seersucker suit and green bow tie. Ladies (and fashionable gentlemen), which look do you prefer?
It’s finally Steve Spurrier time. If you’ve got questions for the Ole Ball coach, weapon of mass destruction Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Shaw or Bruce Ellington, tweet them to me @MrsTylerKSR. I’ll also be posting news from there directly over the next three days.