Rebels Receive Historic Publicity On NSD

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Last Wednesday was not only National Signing Day but also National Ole Miss Day. With a recruiting class ranked as high as No. 2 nationally, the Rebels were the talk of the sports world, and the exposure our university experienced is still being felt. Quantifying the value of that publicity is extremely subjective, and while we are still trying to determine a figure we feel is accurate, we are certain that it was a multimillion dollar day for the Red and Blue.

ESPNU's daylong NSD coverage highlighted Ole Miss probably more than any other school. ESPN also picked up the U's coverage periodically, resulting in Coach Hugh Freeze conducting two live interviews on the morning Sportscenter. Freeze also did on-camera TV interviews with Fox News, CBS Sports Network, FSN and CSS. For radio, we received approximately 30 interview requests on and around signing day, half of which were national radio shows. Among those that we were able to find time to accommodate, Freeze appeared on Mike & Mike In the Morning, the Jim Rome Show, the Dan Patrick Show and SVP & Russillo.

The print media clips continue to roll in, and we have documented at least 50 different articles so far. Among the more interesting recounts of the Rebels' historic day came from Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples, who spent two days as a fly on the wall of the IPF war room. Check out his article along with other highlights of the media coverage of National Ole Miss Day below.

From an internal media standpoint, earned 770,000 page impressions on NSD, which was tops among the 150-plus schools on the College Network, followed by Alabama, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Michigan. Our Signing Day Central was a huge hit, and credit goes to Joey Jones, Darrias Thomas, Ken Edwards, Dan Pellegrino, Micah Ginn and so many others from our media relations and creative departments. As Coach Freeze has said, this is the "new norm" so let's do it all over again next year.

Radio: SVP & Russillo

Radio: Mike & Mike In the Morning

Radio: Jim Rome

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Ole Miss the surprise of Signing Day

CBSSPORTS.COM: Meat market comes full circle for Freeze, elated Ole Miss

CLARION-LEDGER: Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze amazes by signing greatest recruiting class in school history

CLARION-LEDGER: Signing Day: Long-range plan produces recruiting bonanza for Ole Miss

COMMERCIAL APPEAL: Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has rest of SEC in a tizzy

DAILY JOURNAL: Ole Miss signing class makes national waves

ESPN.COM: Hugh Freeze: We're doing right

SI.COM: How Ole Miss landed its historic recruiting class

USA TODAY: No titles needed for Ole Miss to win the recruiting season

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    Hunter Comstock said:

    Strange things happen to Ole Miss football teams in games played on Halloween. I don't know if I can bear to watch this one or not.

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    Hunter Comstock said:

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    Rhonda said:

    Coach Freeze is a genuine coach and our players and fans adore him!!

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    Gary Vaughn said:

    It's great to be a Rebel fan. Coach Freeze
    Has brought back the excitement
    Competitiveness we all so desire. The
    fan base and even our doubters are
    Paying attention. Even the whole country
    Sport tLk shows ect. Are taking notice.
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    Tom said:

    I am not and never have been an Ole Miss fan. I am however a Coach Freeze fan. I like what he represents in today's world of big time sports and what he stands for in leading young men of today into a more responsible role. He is everything that Ole Miss has never had. I am on his band wagon winning or losing.

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