This isn’t exactly news, since it’s been in the works for a few months now, but Ole Miss and Louisville will represent the SEC and ACC, respectively, in the annual Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic over Labor Day weekend of 2021. This will be the first football meeting between these two teams. The 2018 participants — always culled from the SEC and ACC — were of course Alabama and FSU, with the former annihilating the latter, 24-7. Maybe “annihilate” isn’t the right word. We don’t care.
Anyway, that’s happening. What’s further happening is the coupling of two teams attached to respective coaches with decidedly questionable private life decision-making abilities. Louisville head man Bobby Petrino of course earned an ignominious departure from Arkansas after crashing his motorcycle with a 25-year old former volleyball player aboard. That terminated his employment then and there, and he’s since returned to football and made Louisville into a legitimate contender in the ACC.
Ole Miss’ situation is slightly different, if only in degree. Ole Miss’ situation involves one Hugh Freeze — Brother Hugh — and his use of a university-issued cell phone that made a series of calls to Tampa and Houston based escort services throughout 2016. These calls invariably coincided with recruiting visits to those respective locales. And so Freeze resigned in disgrace mere weeks before the 2017 college football season started.
As our friend Bunkie Perkins pointed out on Twitter, this Atlanta matchup thus brings together two programs — one with a current coach, the other with a former coach out in the weeds — with high-profile college football sex scandals attached to them, and only one may be left standing when the dust settles. We brainstormed some ideas for what to call this thing on Twitter with the appropriate amount of innuendo. Scroll through and have some laughs. It’s the bye-week, after all.