Tuesday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Tuesday morning. …

Nick Saban was asked the Tyler Siskey question at his Monday presser. He said there was no change in Siskey’s assignment for the Ole Miss game.

This from the Tuscaloosa News:

Siskey was obviously a big topic for Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze in his regular Monday presser.

Freeze said after the game Saturday night that he took the shut out personally. Bo Wallace followed suit with that on Monday.

As you would imagine, the loss isn’t sitting well with players who had won five straight and had begun to distance themselves from the terrible past that preceded Freeze’s arrival.

This from Denzel Nkemdiche

Freeze switched his off-season message from “wilderness” to “journey.” Auburn is an important step in the journey, an opportunity for this team to show that it can get back on its feet and win games in the SEC.

Freeze talked at length about his friendship with new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn on Monday. More on that later this week. Here’s one take on that relationship from The Montgomery Advertiser. 

Elsewhere …

The carousel looks like it’s starting early this year. Lane Kiffin’s firing at USC was the first, but now it’s been followed up with UConn’s firing of Paul Pasqualoni, who started 0-4 with the Huskies. …

The denials are also beginning early this season. Washington’s Steve Sarkisian, formerly of the USC staff, says he has not interest in returning to LA. Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin were both mentioned as possible additions to Ed Orgeron’s staff when he was hired at Ole Miss.

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin to Southern Cal? Mr.SEC.com makes a case for it right here.

The Sporting News is on board with the Franklin to USC idea and says Pat Hayden’s search should focus on NFL prospects as well. Also from The Sporting News, Matt Hayes writes that the SEC has fallen back to the pack and become just another high-scoring league. …

Texas AD DeLoss Dodds will step down in August, according to reports. Dodds says he’s still ready to make tough decisions on coaches should a decision become necessary. Meanwhile, Texas coach Mack Brown has come under fire from one of the Longhorns’ most famous players … running back Earl Campbell.


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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