Here is Hugh Freeze’s response to the question about someone from the South end zone stands addressing him as he walked into the tunnel after the Texas A&M game:
“I was asked about that after the game and didn’t handle it very well after the game, because I was really shocked after the game we’d just witnessed that that was a part of it. I didn’t address it.
There were a lot of factors to that. I don’t think it’s typical of me. We’d just had a gut-wrenching loss. We had a kid going to the hospital that wasn’t moving. We had six kids that were injured and not in the game.
There are certain experiences in life that you’d rather your wife and daughter not have to experience. That was one of those.
Probably, wish I could have kept more composure and still had a conversation with him. At that moment in time … I will defend our program, I will defend our kids, I will defend my family. If I offended anyone I’m certainly sorry. I don’t think I was disrespectful to anyone. I just got my point across that …
Let me say this too. The greatest thing about Ole Miss, the greatest thing about Ole Miss … is family. That is our selling point, and it is working. Every time a recruit comes on this campus with their family we have a chance to get them, because the strongest thing we have is family. And when we are a family, you know what, I have disagreements with my brother, I have disagreements with my sister, I have disagreements with my daughters and my wife at times. There’s a way I try to go about those things. The greatest thing though about family is you can have a disagreement and move past it. There’s no question in my mind that everyone in the Ole Miss family wants us to get to a certain spot … to a certain place, and we are on the way. I know everyone’s expectations were different coming into the year.
I preached all summer that we’re still thin at places, the schedule is brutal. Right now we could be staring 1-5 in the face with the teams we’ve played. We also could be 5-1 right now, but we’re 3-3. The expectation level when it’s different and it doesn’t happen, some get frustrated. When you have a game of 80-something plays, they may agree with our calls for 75 of them. They may disagree with five. That’s OK. I don’t mind that. I get that. Sometimes I agree with them that it was not the right thing.
But if we really all want to get to where we want to go, the way to go about it is not a public demeaning of a player or a program or our staff. Hey, email me. I’ll try my best to respond to it. If we all want to get to that place, that does not help us move forward. We are moving forward, and our kids know that. I said all summer, when the expectations aren’t met, frustration will set in. All of us were frustrated.
That deal, I don’t think there was as much to it as some media would like to make. They’re looking for a story. I will defend our program. I will defend our kids. I will defend my family. I wish I had been more composed. I apologize that I wasn’t at that time. I will try not to allow that to happen again. That’s not the first time I’ve been yelled at. I have nothing against whoever the individual was and would love to talk to them. Because we we’re family. That’s what we are. And we’ll move forward.”