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Coach Freeze, staff visit North Mississippi on Rebel Road Trip

Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Daily Corinthian

It was a strong 400-plus Hotty Toddy crowd at the Crossroads Arena Wednesday night as they welcomed The University of Mississippi staff with open arms.

The BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip hosted by the Tri-State Rebel Club visited Corinth for the fifth year in a row.

“There’s no question, when we make out the road trip schedule each year, Corinth is always on it,” said Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork. “It is without a doubt one of our best, largest and loudest stops we make each year on the Rebel Road Trip.”

The night included campus insight from Bjork and an update on women’s basketball from Coach Matt Insell.

Head football Coach Hugh Freeze then talked about the passion his team has for continued success on the field.

“Our game plan starts with recruiting -- to accomplish goals, people must surround themselves with the right people to help make it happen,” said Freeze. “I want to surround myself with people who want to win that big trophy. The Sugar Bowl is great, but I want to win that SEC championship, so we try to recruit the the people who want what we want and can help us get it done.”

Freeze said after recruitment, he teaches core values to the team, which includes attitude, mental toughness, faith, integrity and love.

“Attitude is how we act,” Freeze said. “At our university, we don’t believe we have to take a back seat to anyone. We really do believe we can compete with every team we step on that field with and we act like it.”

According to Freeze, mental toughness is being able to make decisions that reflect the core values. Faith, integrity and love are also important core value components, he said.

“I have this thought all the time -- what do I need to do to sustain the success that we’ve had (the last) four years. It haunts me pretty much every night, but it also drives me. And makes me want to get up the next day and do it again and do it better,” he said.

Freeze added he followed his dad into coaching.

“From the age of 10, I never saw myself doing anything but coaching, and I always tell my kids, find out what makes your heart beat faster than anything else in life and do it for the rest of your life," said the coach.

Rebel fans in attendance were also witness to the gifting of Freeze’s Sugar Bowl Championship ring as Balfour’s Greg Williams presented the golden, diamond encrusted piece of jewelry to the head football coach prior to the event.

Open to all Rebel fans, The Tri-State Rebel Club has no membership fees.

Ticket sales and other fundrasiering efforts for the club benefit a scholarship fund which helps local students attend The University of Mississippi.

The club has awarded more than $11,000 in scholarships, and on Wednesday night, they announced their two latest winners.

Kossuth High School's Andrew Ketchum and Booneville High School's John Haynes each received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Ole Miss on behalf of club members and local Rebel fans who support club events.

 


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