For Hugh Freeze, the wildnerness theme continued at SEC Media Days. I don't doubt it's an accurate assessment of the current state of the Rebels, but I do wonder if players hearing the wilderness thing time and again might not begin to believe that winning is beyond their reach.
Freeze says no, that in-house the message focuses not on the wildnerness but on getting out of the wilderness.
It seems concerning that Freeze estimates that only 60 percent have "bought in" at this point. Mike Marry says buying in just takes longer for some. That seems to run counter to Charles Sawyer's take. He says unity on the team has gone from basically non-existent to a cup that runneth over.
Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette asked Donte Moncrief just how deep into the wilderness he felt the program was. "How far are you from a highway? Can you hear cars?"
Maybe Freeze and his staff can successfully seperate the message. Too many times hearing how the program is lost in the wilderness could lead to players giving up on the present.
Also, from today's print edition, our Ole Miss notebook from Media Days in which Freeze responded to Steve Spurrier's desire to add the Rebels to his schedule.