The unofficial kickoff to the 2017 college football season is here: SEC media days in Birmingham, Ala.
The week-long media circus has been going on since Monday at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Winfrey Hotel and the Ole Miss portion of the session did not disappoint. Hugh Freeze, flanked by Javon Patterson, Shea Patterson and Breeland Speaks, arrived in the Yellowhammer State to field questions and interviews with national and local media and were asked about everything from emojis to the ongoing NCAA investigation that just never seems to end.
Freeze and his three players seemed to handle themselves nicely during the frenzy that is known by most to be ridiculous and stupid. And it was even more so this year with the incredibly coincidental timing of Houston Nutt’s lawsuit against Ole Miss coming to light a mere 24-hours before the Rebs arrived. Despite the cloud hanging over the program, Freeze was adamant about only using coach speak and talking pigskin.
As for the other goings on, here are some of the highlights:
Speaks, the junior defensive lineman from Jackson, made his case for best dressed this year with a spectacular two-toned bow tie.
Freeze and Patterson took time out of their busy schedules to sign some autographs for fans before heading in for interviews. To be honest, they should be commended for finding the time to say hello to the fanatics that made the trip, what with all the cheatin’ they got going on.
There's literally a guy with an Ole Miss hat -- claims he's not an Ole Miss fan -- handing these to reporters at 10pm over at SEC Media Days pic.twitter.com/mmDCpGb173— Aslan Hodges (@AslanHodges) July 13, 2017
Speaking of fans who made the trip, this fella seems insane.
Hugh is not a fan of #distractions.
During an interview, Javon crowned every Starkville resident’s favorite Rebel, A.J. Brown, the king of Twitter.
Speaking of A.J., he was a big fan of QB1’s swag.
The Chef is looking sharp in this GIF. Shout out to the sophomore for rocking the tie clip. Respect.
And the young man’s sock game deserves some daps as well.
Shea Patterson must listen to the podcast. Followed our suit recommendation perfectly. pic.twitter.com/YEkbsSsQie— Chase Parham (@RivalsChase) July 13, 2017
Shea is a man of the people. And podcasts.
These players have on some very interesting suits in here....— Kentrell Lockett™ (@CLARK_KENTrell) July 13, 2017
Former Rebel great and current podcast host Kentrell Lockett was in attendance critiquing folks outfits.
Here is head coach Hugh Freeze in front of a live studio audience for his roast of SEC media days.
Freeze in opening statement says he will not answer NCAA questions, invites media to read #OleMiss response to NCAA.— Parrish Alford (@parrishalford) July 13, 2017
Hugh Freeze is filibustering. There's some philosophy, some theology, some football, but make no mistake, this is a filibuster.— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) July 13, 2017
Garth Blundin would be proud.
In case you missed Hugh Freeze's opening filibuster: pic.twitter.com/aQDLbg2Azi— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) July 13, 2017
And here is a live shot of Hugh talmbout busting filis.
Hugh Freeze will read from a cook book next— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) July 13, 2017
Hugh Freeze has been talking for about 13 minutes now and has yet to take a question ... Now talking the depth chart ... Pitch clock please!— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) July 13, 2017
Oxford native Eddie A is a fan of Hugh’s ‘bustin.
Freeze says OM will go for it on fourth down a little bit more, during an answer about the bowl ban, whatever that means ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) July 13, 2017
No filibusterin’ here, though, as Hugh admits that he will be a little more free and easy this year on offense.
Kind of ironic - Freeze says he can't control what people think of him from 'reading some article.' He is accused by Houston Nutt ...— Tommy Deas (@tommydeas) July 13, 2017
... of being part of a 'smear campaign' of (untrue) stories planted with media that shaped Nutt's legacy— Tommy Deas (@tommydeas) July 13, 2017
Tommy seems to be #madonline. Join the club.
Today, a colleague on another beat, upon my greeting, said, "You're an a**hole." I find Journalist No. 3 to be a more endearing monicker.— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) July 13, 2017
Seems like everyone was dodging bullets today.
This guy just asked Hugh Freeze about his return game. Nice shirt btw. What a joke. pic.twitter.com/SyllMQHBjr— Jared Stillman (@JaredStillman) July 13, 2017
Spirit Chuck. Salt of the daggum Earth.
You ever seen a guilty man be cross examined? #SECMD2017— SixPackSpeak (@sixpackspeak) July 13, 2017
Well, well, well.
“The timing was not certainly something I was fond of.”— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) July 13, 2017
Perhaps that was the point, Hugh.
This is probably putting it mildly.
Didn't like the timing of our story in January 2016, either. The way Ole Miss handled that is why there's a lawsuit today. https://t.co/WYlZqdbc2P— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) July 13, 2017
You vs the guy she told you not to worry about pic.twitter.com/VKqcf5ofqV— Bryan (@bryan_CTP) July 13, 2017
Lots of folks seemed to tune in today, so there’s that.
Wow, jump the gun much, SEC Network?!
He's really going to go the distance isn't he? pic.twitter.com/Lz5hZripVm— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 13, 2017
Wan Dolken, checking in.
Hugh Filibuster— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 13, 2017
Hoo boy, when does the Netflix stand-up special come out?!
Respect the game. The man came with a plan today. Not coming up for oxygen. Not sure he's breathing. https://t.co/sWog86f48E— Mississippi Gridiron (@MSGRIDIRON) July 13, 2017
Freeze is given dap by Twitter’s resident poll king for homers.
He could crap and I swear they would eat it.— MSU GIRL (@maddie1012) July 13, 2017
Ah, yes, a poop joke. The irony is amazing.
All 3 players representing Ole Miss @ SEC Media Days (QB Shea Patterson, OL Javon Patterson, DL Breeland Speaks) are former @RivalsCamp MVPs— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) July 13, 2017
DISCLAIMER: every SB Nation post has to include at least one mention of crootin’.
Here's Hugh Freeze earlier and some of what he had to say about the Houston Nutt lawsuit pic.twitter.com/JzZO8R32r4— Antonio Morales (@AntonioCMorales) July 13, 2017
Bucky had some thoughts on the Hootie Dale situation.
#Rebels coach Hugh Freeze with an elite spin on being named in a lawsuit: "It provides us with a growing season."— Graham Hall (@GrahamHall_) July 13, 2017
And in typical Freeze fashion, he puts together a fantastic spin to maintain a positive outlook.
Stingray Nutt Guarantee!! Lol pic.twitter.com/jBc47I9PSq— Steven Stingray Ray (@Stevenray28) July 13, 2017
Speaking of Houston Nutt ...
Breeland Speaks seems all in. And according to our very own Michael Borkey, he appears all in physically as well.
Houston Nutt just ended Hugh Freeze's Ole Miss coaching career. This lawsuit is absolutely devastating: https://t.co/wbyqH7j5gw— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 12, 2017
Bold prediction from the internet tough guy. Little does he know, Hugh is going to prison anyways.
The fellas got some nice keepsakes for being asked to travel to Birmingham and answer the same six questions 857 different ways for several hours. Well done, everyone.
If Hugh Freeze had a staff as big as Saban he could cover the cheating up more effectively #SECMD2017— Mark Allen (@mbgolf1974) July 13, 2017
Now there’s an idea.
A wild Michigan Man® appears, full of awful taeks.
In the end, it’s all part of the plan.