Count Hugh Freeze among those saying the Ole Miss-Mississippi State rivalry has reached a breaking point.
Freeze, a Mississippi native who is entering his fifth season as Ole Miss’ head coach this fall, was quote retweeting Clarion-Ledger sports editor and columnist Hugh Kellenberger, who wrote a column Saturday citing several reasons how the rivalry has become too hateful. Kellenberger said the hate comes largely as a result of the recent success in the past few seasons from both programs, which Freeze said the fans should be spending time celebrating.
Ole Miss, which is currently on its most successful run in a decade, has gone 34-18 since Freeze took over the program in 2012, which includes a Sugar Bowl win this past January.
Mississippi State, likewise, also is on one of its better runs in recent memory, with six straight winning seasons under coach Dan Mullen, who took over the program in 2009. In 2014, the Bulldogs were the top-ranked team in the nation for several weeks.
In the Egg Bowl, Ole Miss and Mississippi State’s annual rivalry game, the Rebels have won two straight and three out of the last four, though the Bulldogs went on a three-game winning streak in the series as recently as 2009-11.
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