Freeze Caught With His…Er…Well, He Was Caught With Something Somewhere IT Shouldn’t Have Been!
So, if you’re not living under a rock, you know by now that Hugh Freeze, the honorable, religious, Bible Thumping Head Coach of Ole Miss has resigned. The reason: He violated the Moral Turpitude clause in his contract.
Looked up the Definition so we can all be clear:
Moral Turpitude. A phrase used in Criminal Law to describe conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals. Crimes involving moral turpitude have an inherent quality of baseness, vileness, or depravity with respect to a person's duty to another or to society in general.
So, uh, what exactly has Freeze been guilty of that would violate that clause? Apparently, after the Houston Nutt FOIA request for all phone records on the cell phone (the same one that Freeze was using!) that Nutt used at Ole Miss when he was coaching, the Mississippi administration did some digging on its own, figuring they better know exactly what they were handing Nutt and what could come back and bite them.
And they discovered that Freeze had a young female escort habit.
So, the man that all the Super Religious Boosters loved to have as their head coach has now been uncovered, so to speak. Not that I think you should kick a man when part of his private life has been discovered. That’s really not fair. You should be able to have a private life when the rest of your life is as public as a head coach’s.
However, you better be aware of the risk you’re taking. Hugh was apparently not a very good risk manager in that regard.
And if anyone is EVER in a dire situation and need strong negotiating leverage, Walter Morrison, Nutt’s Attorney, may be a name you WANT TO FILE IN YOUR HEAD SOMEWERE!!!
So what happens to the shit-show that is Ole Miss football now? NCAA Sanctions are a short period away. Practice starts in two weeks. And there’s not a coach in his right mind that would walk away from any job he may have currently to roll the dice on Mississippi right now.
Unless you’re named Les Miles and you’re looking for a gig. Les would be the perfect fit for Ole Miss and he could straighten that mess out.
It’ll be fun to see what happens.
The Spectacular Follow-Up
So while I’m convinced that Michigan could be really, REALLY good this season, Bill Connelly, who writes for SBNation, puts together previews on each team. Bill’s SP+ forecast has Michigan losing (by probability) three games this season, one of which I predicted, and two where I know Michigan will be in for a tough game, but I think they’re winnable.
Here’s the Link to Bill’s take on Michigan
See Bill’s S&P+ Chart below:
While I agree with Wisconsin (Madison is just a hard place to win) Michigan historically has owned PSU in Happy Valley. And again, as I stated in the PSS, I just don’t see Michigan losing 3-straight to the suckeyes with Harbaugh at the helm. Barring injuries and the fact that game is home, well, let’s just say I’m going to remain quietly optimistic on those two games.
And again, I can’t disagree with the fact that both the suckeyes and PSU bring back great teams, but things happen in college football that are always unpredictable.
With respect to other B1G Teams, if you need links, Bill has previewed Sparty, the Gophers, and PSU. I have not seen the suckeyes report come out yet.
More links if you can’t find the articles on SBNation:
An interesting factoid from the Iowa article? There’s only two coaches left coaching in CFB D1 that were hired before 2000. Can you name the other one?
Bill also sees the Gophers as having a lot of range as far as success goes under new Coach PJ Fleck. It could be a really fun year or a sort of long year for Gopher fans, but it should be interesting, regardless.