SaturdayDownSouth- Soon after Ole Miss released its lengthy video Wednesday detailing the latest notice of allegations against the school from the NCAA, Neal McCready of Rebel Grove wrote an article discussing his thoughts on the latest revelations and what it could mean for the school and head coach Hugh Freeze moving forward.
The article lays out multiple scenarios for the Ole Miss program but also goes into some detail on the players allegedly involved in potential infractions with the football program in Oxford. Among them, according to this article, are Mississippi State players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones. Soon after the NCAA offered immunity for active players to speak out against Ole Miss, McCready claims Lewis ‘sung about his recruiting’ to the NCAA.
One of the more interesting segments of the article claims Ole Miss turned in a recorded conversation from the mother of Leo Lewis – presumably to use against Mississippi State.
Ole Miss, per multiple sources, possesses a recording, and has given the SEC a copy, of (Leo) Lewis’ mother asking Ole Miss for money and detailing incentives she received from other programs, including Mississippi State.
I'm not saying it's right that Ole Miss is grasping at ankles in hopes of pulling other programs down the rabbit hole of allegations they are about to drown under, buuuuut if you are going to bring company to your pity party than your in-state rival might as well be your plus-1, am-I-right? It's definitely a shiesty move to attempt to implicate a competitor of some run-of-the-mill recruiting violations when your own list of transgressions makes Art Briles feel a cleanliness that even a bleach bath couldn't provide him. Still - for the first time in a long time - Ole Miss was subtle in their shadiness, and that's certainly a step in the right direction if they ever want to be relevant again.
Honestly? I would have a much bigger problem with this if they reacted to getting busted by immediately squealing on Mississippi State, but that doesn't appear to be the case at all. Hugh Freeze just "accidentally" slipped a little cross-conference incrimination into the evidence he turned over as part of his compliance with the investigation. He totally had no idea that soundbite was even in there, or at least that's what the boosters that paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to turn Ole Miss into an SEC power are telling me. The guy who is about to have his name dragged through the mud for the next few months definitely didn't snitch on Mississippi State. It was just an honest mistake. Cross his heart and hope to not get his soon-to-be former employer a decade worth of sanctions without getting at least one enemy program a bowl ban!