Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is not happy about Jim Harbaugh's comments
Jim Harbaugh called out just about everybody when he sounded off to Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg about the satellite camp ban.
He took shots at the ACC, SEC and NCAA. But with Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, he took a more personal shot. Harbaugh didn’t like the fact that Freeze said that “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go.”
Harbaugh’s response to Rosenberg was directly aimed at Freeze and his work ethic.
“You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time,” Harbaugh told Rosenberg. “That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.”
On Wednesday, Freeze defended himself against Harbaugh’s accusations.
“I think we work very hard. I don’t think working hard is an issue,” Freeze said Wednesday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show. “If you’re asking me if I want to add more nights away from my wife and kids, I do not. That window is closing for me to be a husband and a father, and the kids in our system need to see me in that role an awful lot. I’ve been very complimentary of coach Harbaugh and him thinking out of the box, but we’re probably not a kindred spirit in regards to making comments toward other coaches in a public forum like he has done.
“We’re not real kindred in that area.”
Harbaugh’s satellite camp tour last year made headlines because while legal, it was during the NCAA’s “quiet period” for recruiting. He got permission from the NCAA because he claimed that recruiting wouldn’t be discussed at the high schools he attended.
Freeze went into more detail about why Harbaugh’s opinion on satellite camps isn’t a universal one.
“Your view is skewed by your region, your circumstances, your conference, so that’s the truth of it,” Freeze said. “When I look at the totality, for us — I can’t speak for everyone else — I value the relationships I have with coaches in this profession, and the last thing that I would want to do is for us to try to set up camps in each other’s backyards.”
Freeze did say he was working camps with Oklahoma State and Missouri and he said that he saw the downside of the ruling for non-Power Five programs. He said that he reached out to Urban Meyer to see what could be done to help mid-major programs in light of the ruling.
But Freeze stood by his original reason why he opposed satellite camps.
“I will never apologize for wanting to be a good father,” Freeze said. “That is a priority for me.”