We’re about three hours from the start of Camp Wilderness. The Rebels’ first practice will begin at 9:45 and is open to the public.
I will be learning a new Ole Miss coach for the fourth time. It’s always starting over for the media too. All coaches bring something different in terms of how they work with us.
Being different is always high up in the consciousness of new coaches. All have something about their personality or their approach that makes them different from the coach that came before them — assuming the coaching change was brought about by losing, not because a successful coach left for another job.
Hugh Freeze is about discipline and offense, two things that were a struggle for Houston Nutt in his last two seasons.
Ed Orgeron knew one of the buttons he needed to push was emotion. Former AD Pete Boone wanted to see more fire from the head coach than David Cutcliffe was showing. Orgeron pushed that fire and emotion button right away. He would run from one drill to another at practice and was eager to be seen doing it.
I remember in his opening game with the Rebels at Memphis Orgeron made it a point to be the first one out of the tunnel as the players ran on to the field for stretch and warm-ups.
Freeze has highlighted his differences with attention to academics and discipline in the off-season.
The atmosphere at practice is different than in the past with music — all different kinds — blaring during the workouts. It’s not quiet on game day, Freeze says, so players should expect to focus through some type of distraction. The music helps keep them loose too.
As for the other notable difference, offense remains a work in progress with a quarterback yet to be named.