It’s a wrap.
Drama was not at a minimum on the final media day here in Hoover, Ala. Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss contingent took center stage to answer tough questions regarding the swirling rumors and NCAA allegations that have been put forth on their Athletic Department and football team.
“Integrity is when an issue arrives, you own it and take responsibility for it, said Freeze in regard to the current Ole Miss situation.
Hugh Freeze made it clear that his players will continue to be motivated, although the Rebels face a bowl ban this season that was placed by the NCAA. “They still get 12 opportunities to play in the greatest conference in America, said Freeze, who sounded a bit robotic during the entirety of the day.
Freeze entered media days yet again having to field questions about a scandal that surrounds his program, but he wasn’t shy to say that this one was self-created. This time the topic was about Houston Nutt, and the lawsuit he placed just yesterday on his predecessors for “defamation of character.” Freeze didn’t speak much about the suit, but did say he thought the timing was “unfortunate.”
On a less dramatic note, Gus Malzahn sounded very pleased with his football teams depth and experience heading into 2017. “This season we have one of the more experienced teams coming back in our league,” commented Malzahn.
Malzahn was proud of the way Auburn, who got off to a rough start, rebounded to finish the season in strong fashion in 2016. “I was real proud of our team,” he said.
Even though everybody expects it, Malzahn wouldn’t call Jarrett Stidham his starting quarterback, just yet. He even went on to praise last years starter in Sean White and his offseason preparation. “I’m very excited about Sean White. When Sean White is healthy, he plays at an extremely high level,” said Malzahn.
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