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|Freeze to speak at banquet|
The Miss-Lou Chapter of the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame banquet continues to land big-name speakers.
Speaking at the 32nd banquet on February 28, 2012 at the Natchez Eola Hotel will be Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze. And while Ole Miss fans are sure to be thrilled to see their new head coach, Freeze is equally excited to speak to them.
"This is something that I really enjoy doing," Freeze said. "I simply enjoy talking about life at banquets, churches and various places."
Former Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt spoke at the event four years ago, and Nutt's replacement understands the value of getting to know the people who root for his team. In fact, if he had more time, it's something that he would like to do a lot more.
"It's priceless," Freeze said. "I try to make it to as many places as I can, so I can get out and meet Ole Miss people."
Though coaching in the SEC is a shared desire by multiple college football coaches, Freeze will inherit a club in Ole Miss that's 6-18 in the past two seasons. And they also just so happen to play in the toughest division in football, the SEC West.
But Freeze knew what he was getting into when he accepted the position, and he's ready to lead his men out of the shadows of LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and most importantly, in-state rival Mississippi State.
"It's been very transparent," Freeze said. "We're in the wilderness, and we've got to work our way out of it."
The Rebels haven't had any help this offseason in getting out of that wilderness. One of Ole Miss' most athletic players, Nick Brassell, was ruled academically ineligible for the season, and the Rebels are losing a quality player that could play both ways.
But now, that's in the past, and Freeze is all about looking in the present.
"It's all about attitude, Freeze said. "It's about how we're going to handle ourself daily. Not worrying about tomorrow or yesterday, it's all about today."
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