Hugh Freeze Interview Notebook

HOOVER, Ala.– Ole Miss Head coach Hugh Freeze notebook

-Freeze thanked the media for the job we do in publicizing the conference.

-Freeze said he’s much more comfortable in year two than in year one.

-Freeze had very little knowledge of the conference last year at Media Days, much more now

-First thing he bragged about Ole Miss is his team’s academic progress, 920 APR to 944 in one year is significant progress.

-Freeze said he was very fortunate in year one, chalks it up to good fortune.

-Freeze said even though he recruited well last season, there are still depth issues.

-Freeze says his task in year two was to maintain enthusiasm and energy in everyone around the program.

-Freeze is anxiously awaiting the fall.

-Says the schedule is out of his control, it was determined before he arrived at Ole Miss.

-Freeze says the game in Nashville against Vanderbilt will be tough because of the job James Franklin has done there.

-Freeze says he’s not worried about rules changing as long as Steve Shaw is at the helm. It’ll be consistent week to week.

-Freeze won four state championships as a high school girl’s basketball coach.

-Says the key to winning is accountability, and having a core message that the players know and follow.

-Freeze thinks closing the season well helped very much on the recruiting trail, specifically, Robert Nkemdiche wanted to see that they could finish strong.

-Freeze says he wears a visor because Steve Spurrier first wore one. Said he wanted to be like Spurrier in high school.

-Freeze says QB Bo Wallace is confident that he’s the starter. Says he’s motivated now.

-Freeze says the SEC is a very different league to call plays in because the defenses are so multiple.

-Freeze says he’ll keep his own defense very multiple and with the return of D.T. Shackelford, his offense can run more of a two back system and be very multiple as well.


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