When Ole Miss (3-1, 1-1) players run their mouths, bad things followed. Before last week’s game, Quarterback Bo Wallace said the Rebels’ offense would score some points on Alabama. Well, he ended up scoring once – only, the points went to the Crimson Tide, as he was stopped for a safety in the fourth quarter of Bama’s 25-0 win.
Despite the game week proclamations, the high-flying Rebels offense we saw in the first three games didn’t make it to Tuscaloosa. They proved true the underlying worst fears of Ole Miss fans – that as soon as you buy in, the Rebels will let you down, big.
Apparently, however, Ole Miss players are still running their mouths. Though, this week, they’re not talking about football. But the resulting aftermath is far worse than a shutout loss to the No. 1 team in college football.
If you’re unaware, here is how the Daily Mississippian, the student paper at Ole Miss, described the situation:
“Many members of an audience of mostly Ole Miss students, including an estimated 20 Ole Miss football players, openly disrespected and disrupted the Ole Miss theater department’s production of ‘The Laramie Project’ Tuesday night at the Meek Auditorium.
“Cast members of the play, which is about an openly gay male who was murdered in Laramie County in Wyoming, said members of the audience became so disruptive at times that they struggled completing the play.
“According to the play’s director and theater faculty member Rory Ledbetter, some audience members used derogatory slurs like ‘f–’ and heckled both cast members and the characters they were portraying for their body types and sexual orientations. Ledbetter said the audience’s reactions included ‘borderline hate speech.’”
What to look for in Week 6: A team-wide gag order and something, anything – great, terrible or otherwise – to happen on the field that will deter people’s thoughts from what is going on off the field in Oxford. No one envies Hugh Freeze’s position right now. It will only get worse should the Rebels lose to Auburn.