Ranking Mullen and Freeze Nationally

Ranking Mullen and Freeze Nationally

Athlon recently ran a story where they ranked all the coaches in college football. Dan Mullen came in at 23 and Hugh Freeze came in at 30. Notably, Mullen finished 1 spot above Les Miles and Hugh Freeze finished 1 spot above Mike Leach. Below are the breakdowns for both Mullen and Freeze but the rankings in their entirety can be read here.
23. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
Overall Record at Mississippi State: 29-22 (2009-present, 5 years)

Each BCS conference seems to have one coach that cannot be judged strictly on his record. Mullen fits that profile for the SEC, as he is coming off his fifth year in Starkville and has a 29-22 overall record. Although Mullen’s overall record isn’t overly impressive, Mississippi State is arguably one of the toughest jobs in the SEC. The Bulldogs have played in three consecutive bowl games under Mullen and are coming off a 4-4 conference record in the always loaded SEC. Mullen is 3-1 against rival Ole Miss and has won seven or more games in each of the last three seasons. Prior to taking the top spot at Mississippi State, Mullen worked as an assistant under Urban Meyer at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. There’s no question Mullen needs to consistently beat some of the top teams in the SEC West to climb higher in the coach rankings. However, it’s not easy to win the division right now, especially as Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M could all be top-15 teams in 2013. If Mullen was at one of the top jobs in the conference – Florida, Alabama, LSU or Georgia – he would easily win at a higher level.

30. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss
Record at Ole Miss: 7-6 (2012-present)
Record at Arkansas State: 10-2 (2011)
Record at Lambuth: 20-5 (2008-09)
Overall Record: 37-13 (4 years)

After a successful debut in Oxford, a case could be made Freeze should be ranked higher on this list. The Mississippi native inherited an Ole Miss team that went 2-10 in the year prior to his arrival and guided the Rebels to a 7-6 finish with a victory over Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl. After finishing 2011 as the SEC’s worst team, Ole Miss was one of college football’s top 40 teams last year. Success and improvement hasn’t just been limited to one stop for Freeze, as Lambuth was 20-5 from 2008-09 under his watch, and Arkansas State went 4-8 prior to his arrival, only to win 10 games in Freeze’s only season in Jonesboro. Freeze is bringing in a top-five recruiting class to Oxford, and the program is clearly headed in the right direction. The Mississippi native has never been a head coach at one stop long enough to show he can sustain success for five or more seasons. However, considering his recruiting haul and track record so far, there’s little to doubt Freeze will continue to climb on this list in the coming years.

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Ole Miss Schedule: Game by Game Confidence Ranking

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at Vandy 49%- This game is truly a coin flip and the only reason I gave Vandy 1 extra % is because its at home. It’s funny how huge this game is and how much it affects the rest of the season. A win could bump the remaining percentages by 10% but a loss could drop them by 10%.

vs Southeast Missouri 99%- There will be a party in the grove this day. The Redhawks don’t have a chance.

at Texas 40%- The Longhorns will probably be favored but I think the Rebs have a pretty good shot here. If Ole Miss can fix their defensive performance from the meeting last year in Oxford, an upset would not shock me.

at Bama 15%- This is a very long shot. I’ve already seen 2 OM bloggers ( hottytoddy.com & Seph something on Bleacher Report) pick the Rebs. First off, going to T-Town and knocking off The Crimson Tide is almost impossible. Second, the Rebs don’t beat Bama. All time record is 50-8-2 and Ole Miss has won 3 times in the last 30 years.

at Auburn 45%- This one looks a bit controversial on the surface. Look deeper. Ole Miss comes off a slug fest at Bama and Auburn comes off a bye week. Auburn will be much improved from last year. I give Auburn the slight edge because of home field and the extra week to prepare.

vs Texas A&M 37%- This is a game that the Rebs should have won last year and A&M played a terrible game but turnovers saved them. This game should be a shoot out. Ole Miss comes off 2 straight really tough road trips and gets rewarded with Manziel in Oxford. Somehow this is Pete Boone’s fault.

vs LSU 40%- I’ve picked LSU 2nd in the west so I have to have them winning here. Doesn’t mean I feel good about it. LSU lost a lot and make no mistake, this is a very winnable game. Traditionally Ole Miss plays LSU very tough. The main reason I have LSU favored is scheduling. This is the tail end of murders row.

vs Idaho 99%- Finally a break from the insanity. This one will be a massacre. Big win for Rebs.

vs Arkansas 90%- The Hogs should be much improved but they simply do not have the offensive firepower to compete with Ole Miss. Look for a wide margin of victory in Oxford.

vs Troy 90%- The Trojans have a really nifty spread offense (11th nationally in total offense) and have been known to give SEC schools trouble. That said, they won’t win in Oxford.

vs Missouri 66.6%- I don’t think Mizzou is capable of going and getting a tough SEC road win. They’re decent on offense and average on defense. That’s not a good recipe facing Hugh Freeze’s offense. The thing I don’t get is the 2 bloggers I mentioned in the Bama description have the Rebs losing this one. How do you beat Bama on the road but lose to Mizzou at home? Rebs roll over the Tigers in Oxford.

at Mississippi State 30%-This will be the main one Rebel fans will disagree with me on and that’s fine. I think Freeze ignited the rivalry fire and MSU plays inspired ball. Traditionally in this series, the home team wins.

Quick Analysis – First thing is whoever made this schedule should be strung up. The first 7 are ridiculous. Auburn, LSU, & A&M are all winnable games but being sandwiched in that stretch like they are makes them collectively more difficult. The schedule ends much better so the first 7 will tell the tale. I can’t say enough about how big Vandy is. Win that one and they take off. Lose that one and the next 6 games are depressing. Solely based on my %’s I think Ole Miss has 5 wins in the bank. Texas, Auburn, A&M, and LSU are all close to being swing games. Split those and the Rebs are golden. Drop all 4 and it gets dicey. I think Ole Miss definitely gets 5 wins. They will probably find a way to get 6 and return to a bowl. 7 is doable but 8 is pushing it. 5-7 wins is their sweet spot with 8 being a possibility. Anything more or less than that and I’d be surprised.

Caution: Tweet at Freeze (updated)

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Yesterday I ran a story concerning a fans account of what happened when he tweeted negative things to Hugh Freeze. Apparently, I kicked a hornet’s nest as well. After the post had been up for about 6 hours I received an email from Ole Miss Associate Athletic Director Kyle Campbell concerning some parts of the post he classified as “inaccuracies”. First off, let me state that I’m not posting this as a bash Mr. Campbell rebuttal. He contacted me in a professional manner and cleared up at least 1 thing to me and I will go on to address his concerns item by item in this update. I cannot post the email since it is confidential and contains privy information so yall just have to trust me. I am shocked that I heard from Mr. Campbell considering my blog was only 4 days old and barely at 1k views. Nonetheless, let me clarify his concerns.

Concern #1– He took issue with part of my post that said, “NCAA had come down on Freeze when he was recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss.” He went on to explain that there were only 2 minor secondary violations involving Coach Freeze during his time as recruiting coordinator. First off, those statements were taken off of an email that I obtained which are bolded and I state that those are not my words. Nowhere did I address or publicize the 2 secondary violations in my post. I’ll be completely honest. Secondary violations can be given out for almost anything. I do not care that he got them nor do I think that implies anything about the character or recruiting strategy of Hugh Freeze.

Concern #2– He took issue with another excerpt out of the email, which again are not my words, containing the phrase “Freeze’s lawyer”. Mr. Campbell was emphatic that neither Freeze’s lawyer nor anyone representing Ole Miss contacted any fan regarding anything on twitter. My language in the end of the post states “if” that happened and did not present this email as fact. I take Mr. Campbell as an honest man and I 100% believe what he told me to be true.

My take on his concerns- I respect Kyle Campbell and appreciate his email to clear the air regarding my post. I think everyone should believe what he said and take this update into consideration when referring back to the original post. In my opinion his biggest issue was the title but anyone would know after reading the post that the title was meant to generate interest and was not an implication that Hugh Freeze is suing people. His second concern did clear up something but it opens up and entirely new, chilling can of worms.

I’ll be honest with yall. I’m a bit uneasy writing this but it I feel like it needs to be documented since I am now on the radar. When I took Kyle Campbell’s words as truth I almost had a sinking feeling when I realized what it meant. The gentlemen in the original post had 2 different family members contacted by someone who WAS NOT an official legal representative of Ole Miss. We all know how powerful many of the big boosters at Ole Miss are. This means there are people who are taking it open themselves to impersonate Ole Miss officials and legally threaten MSU fans because of their post on social media and the internet. There is nothing more frightening than rich, powerful men threatening you from the veil of darkness.

The even more terrifying thing is that this is not the first time this has happened and it’s turning into a trend. On January 2, 2013 MSU internet persona Coach34 posted a chilling private message he received. Let me state that I’m not condoning all of Coach34’s thoughts or post. He has made a name for himself on message boards ruffing feathers, which I think he enjoys, but no one deserves to be threatened like this:

“I have no personal problem with you, so take what I am about to tell you, and do what you choose with it. If you don’t stop some of the stuff you are saying regarding Ole Miss, there are some people that are ready to ruin you. They have info on you and (my wife). They have info about your time @ Coffeeville and Grenada. They have info about your current job, who that company does business with, etc. Im on a private board that allows me to be privy to this stuff. Again, I hope you take this info and do something productive with it. They have also gotten info from teachers, coaches, and students you had @ . Again, Im telling you these are folks that can ruin you. Don’t let your internet persona get the best of you, man. It’s not a road you want to go down. it’s going to get ugly for you. No one cared until they perceived you were flat lying and trying to get more involved with that stuff. Again, I hope you take me at my word on this. I would hate to see their lives ruined over trivial stuff.”

It doesn’t stop there either. Make It Rain Sports radio host Jake Wimberly whose show is on Bulldog Sports Radio and Rebel Sports radio made some comments on twitter regarding Hugh Freeze. Anyone that knows Jake knows he wasn’t being serious. After his comments were responded to by Hugh Freeze on twitter Jake was harassed on multiple websites including people posting pictures of his wife. It gets worse. He received death threats. You read that right, death threats. These threats culminated in multiple individuals daring him to come to Oxford for the Egg Bowl.

Bottom line is that sports and emotions in the south get intertwined together and fans often lose sight that it is a game. Regardless if you cannot stand another blogger, tweeter, or message board poster, they do not deserve to be threatened. At the end of the day people are people. They have mothers, fathers, sister, brothers, wives, and children. There is no room for threatening people’s careers, families, and making death threats. Even if we root for different teams, we are much more alike than different.

Caution: Tweet at Freeze, Get Sued

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A record recruiting class in the books had Ole Miss fans buzzing but they were not the only ones. No better evidence of that than Coach Hugh Freeze’s at mentions on twitter. He was berated by one fan after another with accusations aplenty. Apparently, some of those tweets were the equivalent of kicking a hornet’s nest.

This caption was an email received by an MSU site administrator detailing what happens when you tweet at Freeze.

“Last week my buddy couldn’t believe the recruiting class of Ole Miss. So he started doing some research and found the document where the NCAA had come down on Freeze when he was recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss. He tweeted it at Freeze and several Ole Miss fans attacked him. Then he found the article about Robert Nkemdiche’s dad possibly getting a job at UMC and tweeted it at Freeze. Again Ole Miss fans attacked him.

On Sunday his mother received a call at her home from someone wanting to speak with him about something on twitter. The same number called his grandfather asking to speak with him about something on twitter. It was the same number so he called it and it was Freeze’s attorney. Freeze’s attorney demanded he take those tweets down or he will be sued. My buddy is actually a lawyer and knows all the legal ramifications and pretty much told Freeze’s attorney to F off.

So the next day Freeze responds to his tweets and asked him to come visit Oxford and take a tour of campus. He turns down the offer and Makes another anti-Freeze tweet later in the day. By yesterday morning his twitter was blocked. It appears Freeze or his attorney contacted Twitter about my buddy and got him blocked.”

I want to clear at least one thing up. The account in question was that of @SfanD1 who I followed as well. He was not blocked. He was banned and his whole account was deleted. I do not know him personally but I can confirm that his account no longer exists.

Personally, I don’t tweet opposing coaches smack talk but if you do, I don’t really care. My take on this is pretty simple. It’s pretty dang hilarious for a couple of reasons. First reason is that I have never seen another coach who takes the time to argue petty things with opposing fans and even a parody account of himself as Hugh Freeze does. It cracks me up. The second part is if he got so angry over tweets that he actually had his lawyer threaten someone with a lawsuit, that just takes the cake. I really don’t have an issue with the guy losing his account. I don’t condone trolling.  Anyone can report an abusive account and twitter makes that call.

The last thing I want to address is the tort threats.  I see Ole Miss fans on twitter and their message boards constantly stating, “Cant something be done legally!! We need to sue these people!!” I’ve got news for the people in this group. That is so delusional it is unreal and you really need to come to grips with yourself and reality. If you have been on social media during the terms of the last 2 Presidents of the United States of America, you should understand that things people say about others in charge is insane. The only thing that separates logic from insanity is if he’s “your guy” or not. If you think what people have said about the last 2 presidents is ok but what is said about Hugh Freeze is not, I’m sorry but you need help. In our society it has become apparent that there are no sacred cows or men “too holy” for online ridicule, Hugh Freeze included.

Please read the update. Link below

https://3rdand57.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/caution-tweet-at-freeze-updated/

Who is Incarcerated Bob?

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Who really thought all the drama associated with national signing day would actually stop on February 6th? Ole Miss went on to sign the best class in school history and also the best class in history by a “non-traditional power”.  The spoil of victory also brings in the shadow of doubt and the accusations of naysayers. One name that has had twitter, message boards, and Facebook in an uproar is Incarcerated Bob. He has been mercilessly antagonizing Coach Hugh Freeze and all of rebel nation via twitter. Before we go any further, who in the world is Incarcerated Bob?

After taking some time and scouring the net, the best information I could find on Bob was a piece written by Robert Silverman who is a big time blogger who has also done work with ESPN.  He got his name and his first bit of fame as a regular caller on the Boomer and Carton radio show, on WFAN 660 in New York. He received his nickname by the show’s host due to a prison stint he earned by getting into an altercation with a Patriots fan during the 2008 Super Bowl.  Since his return and higher profile, Incarcerated Bob has made his name and living doing 2 things: picking winners and breaking stories.

If you follow his twitter account @IncarceratedBob , it doesn’t take long to see he is constantly talking gambling and making picks in every sport. Let’s take a short look at the big stories that Incarcerated Bob has broken:

-Darrelle Revis ending his holdout

-Peyton Manning signing with the Broncos

-Tim Tebow going to the Jets

-The finalizing of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks

-The reason for the KG/Melo scrap, “Your wife taste like honey nut cheerios” scandal

Let’s take a look at some of his tweets aimed at Ole Miss that are causing discussion across the magnolia state:

-@incarceratedbob: @CoachHughFreeze Hi Coach #IBN here, how was dinner tonight… good? Almost as good as what i have cooking up here in NY #Doubtit #SMU

-@incarceratedbob:My stuff will probably be like USC was, maybe 2 years no bowl games but when other stuff comes out it can get scary for Ole Miss

-@incarceratedbob: @JonWallace20 Manti Teo story was known by Deadspin probably 3-4 weeks before made public, when time is right i will BLOW UP OLE MISS #BOOM

-@incarceratedbob: Oh u wondering why i haven’t blown up #Ole #Miss yet.. 1st off no incentive yet (I gamble) #Thinkonit +new WEBSITE coming ahh make sense now

I could go on because Bob has been on quite the tear of late but I won’t.  He claims to have paperwork of a vehicle for Nkemdiche that was paid for by an Ole Miss booster and has signatures of booth the relative and the booster. He also claims that he has been threatened to be sued by someone associated with Ole Miss I presume. For reference, he was threatened a lawsuit by the NBA and that didn’t stop so I don’t think he will back down now.

It will be interesting to see if this guy does in fact have anything and is not another Danny Sheridan “bagman in 2 weeks” scam.  My personal opinion is that I don’t believe he has a smoking gun. The only thing that even makes me question myself is his motive. What is it? I cannot figure out what interest a handicapper in New York has in an Atlanta prospect who signed with Ole Miss. It’s a very curios situation. Sheridan’s motives were transparent. A hatred for his school’s rival led to a smear campaign against them. There are a million alleged scandals, true or not, Incarcerated Bob could have chosen to promote himself. The question myself and many Mississippians wonder is why did he chose this one?

http://theclassical.org/articles/sex-lies-and-honey-nut-cheerios-a-conversation-with-incarcerated-bob