Friday afternoon, just as recruits were pulling onto campus for the Rebels' mega-recruiting weekend, news broke that Ole Miss has been formally issued some 30 allegations by the NCAA, the long-awaited result of a three-year investigation. Not the best timing if you're Hugh Freeze.
Still, don't expect this to have any major fallout on National Signing Day. The coaching staff, knowing this was coming, had already been cutting recruiting visits in order to mitigate eventual punishment and, according to our sources, have been very up front with recruits about the investigation. All that to say, this didn't come as a surprise for any of the parties involved.
Top QB recruit Shea Patterson, who's already on campus as an early enrollee, doesn't sound too worried.
Don't hate them..respect their jealousy #herewecome— Shea Patterson (@SheaPatterson_1) January 30, 2016
Neither do these current Rebel players...
They hate us cause they ain't us— Sean Rawlings (@RAWL50) January 29, 2016
You sound like "they"... https://t.co/Is8rXI7QWZ— Sean Rawlings (@RAWL50) January 29, 2016
If it seems like I'm salty about this, It's because I am. pic.twitter.com/igtbQr6aGo— Jared Duke (@jareduke) January 29, 2016
For the haters. You can't stop nothing that's God given. So goodluck with that #DabOnThemFolks— Herbert Moore (@__LandShark99) January 29, 2016
But I'm done. Everyone don't be entertained by the non-sense. #Hottytoddy— Herbert Moore (@__LandShark99) January 29, 2016
... or these former players.
Lions don't concern themselves with the opinion of sheep. Carry on with you day and don't forget #WAOM can't nobody stop that— C (@24Hour_Ent) January 30, 2016
The recruiting world couldn't stop us with the ,"they're racist down there"!! So, now it's, "they got to be cheating"...#ButGod— Terrence O. Metcalf (@Metcalf79) January 30, 2016
The Hate is Real.— deuce mcallister (@dmcallister26) January 29, 2016
Keep chopping wood https://t.co/PKMKqZOzmX