Freeze talks player accountability

Over the course of discussing Nick Brassell earlier this week, Hugh Freeze and I discussed the accountability of players.

There are 10 accountability groups with two staff members assigned for each group. If one member of the group screws up, all in the group run … or perform whatever unpleasant task is assigned at an equally unpleasant hour.

So far three groups have had to complete the punishment work.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze (Daily Journal photo)

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze (Daily Journal photo)

“I’m sure they’re trying to hold (each other) pretty accountable. I know it’s happening. I wish it was more of a team that asserted itself as those types of leaders, but I think we have good leaders on the team to provide that,” Freeze said.

Earlier this week defensive back Quintavius Burdette sent out on Twitter a picture of what appeared to be a text conversation between himself and a football staff member with the staffer doing most of the talking working to make sure that Burdette on task with his class work and assignments.

The staff member was assistant AD for player development Corey Batoon.

The text conversation between Burdette and Batoon appeared to be during exam week.

Freeze said he feels “probably 10 percent” of his team requires constant watch and attention, “but we choose to do it with all of them.

“The general student does that on his own, but our part of accountability as coaches and leaders is to make sure we’re doing everything within our power to be on top of that stuff. Every day they get a text from coaches, just a motivational saying or a thought for the day. It’s not just us worrying about them missing class. We worry about their lives.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Rocky Raccoon

    Future is very bright in Oxford as long as Freeze is at the helm. He just gets it.

  • JB

    Coach Freeze has done very well – just bear with him and give him a chance to use this outstanding recruitment class that he has brought in.

  • BikiniBob

    this is amazing stuff. ole miss is going places under Hugh Freeze

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