I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm going to defend Hugh Freeze to an extent. Normally I would hope that every SEC coach and program gets what Ole Miss is getting and more, but Ohio State's situation with the Tat thing is fresh in my mind.
Freeze and Tressel have some things in common: men of faith (Hugh wears it more on his sleeve), great recruiters, and have a nice man persona. Things happen in a program: head coaches make errors of judgment, assistant coaches violate NCAA rules (usually secondary ones), players do all kinds of dumb shit, and you have parent/step-parent, booster, and agent issues. Some of that the head coach has control over, much of it he doesn't - and yet he is ultimately responsible for what happens in the areas where he has limited or no control. It's a tough deal when that happens. For me, I hold the coach responsible for how he reacts to finding out about issues, more so than for things that he had no control over. We are in an age where everyone seems to want to put a program's problems into the worst light, ascribe the worst of motives to them, and hang anything and everything around the head coach's neck - and all of these people have internet connections and places to post this venom. The negativity can be overwhelming, and very unfair.
In Ole Miss' case the primary evidence of cheating, corruption, etc. is that Freeze has recruited at a level that Ole Miss is not supposed to recruit at. The problem is that this isn't evidence. It's a result that people ascribe cheating and corruption to as a cause of it - and no one seems willing to wait for an objective analysis and report of what the evidence really is. You get some secondary violations, a few primary violations, investigations get going, and while you are trying to get that resolved, your star LT shows up at the draft in pictures showing him inhaling pot with a gas mask on and claiming he was paid $300 by a coach - which creates another thing that has to be investigated. In the meantime, the media and social media are piling on the negativity. If the facts and evidence end up being way more benign than the uninformed criticism, well, everyone just moves on, but the narrative of corruption lives on because people like it when "they" are the victim of it.
Buckeyes should know better. We had some guys trade their stuff for tattoos - an awful example of depravity. Lol. Our coach lied about his knowledge of it. That was his big sin, and he paid dearly for it. The media and the haters descended on Columbus creating a huge amount of smoke. For a while, I thought the Tat 5 may have been involved with the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. It was hard to see how big the fire actually was. Once you have national media and the NCAA on campus giving you an anal inspection, they will usually find some crap - and they did with the job issue involving a few players. But that was it. Way more smoke than there was fire. Not a corrupt program gone amok. More a few players getting some extra benefits, a coach not being forthright about his knowledge of it, and a few players getting paid too much for the work actually done. Not exactly the Watergate Scandal.
So, I would suggest that we look at Ole Miss in that light. If the actual evidence shows that Freeze is corrupt and cheating than I will call him a corrupt cheater. Until then, I'll wait and see.