GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) Johnny McRight is one of the diehard Ole Miss football fans and he's got a seat front and center to hear coach Hugh Freeze speak on a Monday morning. This is the Rebel Road Trip: A normally joyous occasion when Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork take a weeklong tour to pump up the program's most ardent followers.
But this year, some of that joy has given way to uneasiness.
The Rebels are knee-deep in an NCAA investigation that threatens to stop all the momentum the program has gained over Freeze's first five years as coach. The NCAA has accused Ole Miss of 21 rules violations, including 15 in the category the governing body deems most serious.