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BOZICH | Friday Follies -- Hugh Freeze; O.J. Simpson; Big Ten basketball

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Were you a fan of former Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze? (AP Photo) Were you a fan of former Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze? (AP Photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's too early for weekly college football predictions, although I'm certain some of you have your opening week picks finished.

I can always talk baseball, but I'll limit myself to the news that former Louisville ace Brendan McKay hit his first professional home run Thursday and is scheduled to make his pro pitching debut Sunday.

Let's try something new: Friday's Follies.

Three quick takes on items that have percolated in the news this week:

The resignation of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze; O. J. Simpson winning parole in Nevada; and whispers about the 2017-18 Big Ten basketball schedule.


Never met Hugh Freeze. Never saw one of his Ole Miss teams play in person. Never heard him talk at SEC Media Days. Never followed him on Twitter.

I'd better not forget this part:

I never believed in the way Freeze lifted the Rebels from SEC football flyweight to SEC semi-heavyweight with a couple of twists of his visor.

We're talking about a program that beat Alabama twice in the last three seasons. We're talking about a program that went to the Peach Bowl in 2014 and Sugar Bowl in 2015. We're talking about program that put together four straight winning seasons for the first time since 2003.

(David Cutcliffe did that in 2003, but Ole Miss eventually tired of Cutcliffe's quiet but persistent success, success he has duplicated without creating issues at Duke.)

This is what never passed the smell test -- that 2013 Ole Miss recruiting class, the one that ranked 7th nationally headlined by five-star recruits from Illinois (Laquon Treadwell), Georgia (Robert Nkemdiche) and Florida (Laremy Tunsil).

Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida State getting three, five-star commitments from out of state prospects.


Ole Miss?

Sorry, I don't believe in Spiderman, the Tooth Fairy or Ole Miss as a college football recruiting juggernaut.

Hugh Freeze is going, going, gone. His boss, former Western Kentucky athletic director Ross Bjork, said Freeze resigned (without pay) before he would have been fired for "moral turpitude" issues in his personal life.

Moral turpitude?

Repugnant has competition as something I didn’t anticipate being injected in the college sports dialogue.


O.J. Simpson served his time in a Nevada prison and earned parole Thursday. That's all I have to say about Simpson. He exceeded his 15 minutes of fame (and infamy) long, long ago.

The time and emotion I invest in that story are better reserved for the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, who've been without their mother, sister, daughter, son and brother for more than two decades.

I introduced myself to Goldman's father, Fred, at a department store in Scottsdale, Arizona, about a decade ago. He worked in the men's department at Nordstrom. I told him I admired the way that he persistently fought for his murdered son.

Maybe one day authorities will catch the killer.


Yes, I'm Old School, hopelessly Old School.

I'm fine with starting the college basketball season Dec. 1 (the way it used to be). I could live with freshman ineligibility (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says it didn't hurt him). The Big Ten was a better place when it was actually 10 teams (hit the road Penn State, Nebraska, Rutgers and Maryland).

I was reminded of how little I care for the new conference arrangement Thursday when a few Big Ten scheduling tidbits circulated.

With an 18-game league schedule, Big Ten teams play five teams twice, four only on the road and four only at home.

Indiana's double plays are reportedly Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State.

But not Purdue.

Purdue's double plays are Michigan, Minnesota, Rutgers, Wisconsin and a team to be determined.

But not Indiana.

The best rivalry in the Big Ten is a single play so the Cornhuskers, Nittany Lions, Scarlet Knights and Terps can be worked into the schedule.

Makes as much sense as playing the Big Ten Tournament a week early in Madison Square Garden.

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