Hugh Freeze tweeted a resounding message to rumor mongerers on Friday. Put simply: put up, or shut up.
A stellar recruiting class is on its way to joining the Ole Miss Rebels, with the crown jewel of consensus No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche expected to announce his commitment to Freeze’s team on National Signing Day.
Unfounded speculation has been tossed around that this elite signing class has come from nefarious means. Fueling rumors that a team coming off its first winning campaign in three years was a social media image five star recruit Laquan Treadwell posted earlier this week.
Freeze’s tweet was very direct.
If you have facts about a violation, send it to [email protected] If not, please do not slander these young men or insult their family
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) February 1, 2013
Accusations of NCAA violations are one of those common topics among fans that were typically relegated to barstool chatter. The proliferation of social media and various other platforms to put these thoughts into print gives a certain validity to such rumors; a dangerous proposition when enacted without foresight.
Freeze isn’t the first SEC coach to get candid on Twitter. New Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema was perhaps too free with his use of the social media platform, his feed devolving into tweetarrhea (think verbal diarrhea meets Twitter).