HOOVER, Alabama — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he always tells his players, “Unrealistic expectations always produce frustration.”
His players representing the Rebels at SEC Media Days on Tuesday seemed to stick resolutely to that message.
“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,” Freeze said.
Ole Miss finished the 2012 season 7-6, including a season-ending win against rival Mississippi State and a BBVA Compass Bowl win against Pittsburgh.
“We were very fortunate in Year 1,” Freeze said. “I would not be quite truthful to stand here and tell you we didn’t have some fortune go our way. We started the same five offensive linemen every single game. That doesn’t happen usually in these days and times at any level.”
Freeze made a splash on the recruiting trail, signing a consensus top-five class in February. But he cautioned that those players would take time to contribute.
“We have made strides,” Freeze said. “But, again, those young men we’ve recruited to help us with our depth issues, they’re 18-year-old kids. How quick they’ll adjust to this game and this league, you really don’t know.”
On social media:
Ole Miss LB Mike Marry named prime suspect in Craig Sager closet heist. pic.twitter.com/jGboD4uDOk
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) July 16, 2013
Hugh Freeze started wearing a visor when he coached at Briarcrest because Steve Spurrier did. Now Spurrier calls him his "visor guy."
— David Cobb (@DavidWCobb) July 16, 2013
You know what my first question was? "Do you wear a visor because of Steve Spurrier?" I said "Yes I do" pic.twitter.com/66ITJaLSMn
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) July 16, 2013
Hugh Freeze dismisses complaints that up-tempo offenses are dangerous. "I don't buy into that philosophy at all."
— Phillip Marshall (@PMARSHONAU) July 16, 2013
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace on Marshall Henderson: "Marshall's a good kid. He doesn't mean any harm by anything he does."
— Evan Woodbery (@TennesseeBeat) July 16, 2013
Bo Wallace asked about Marshall Henderson: "I like watching Marshall play basketball. I'll leave it at that."
— David Brandt (@davidbrandtAP) July 16, 2013