OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze says he has talked with defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche about a blurry photo circulating the internet that shows a person holding a bong.
Freeze would not confirm if it was Nkemdiche in the photo or if he had done anything illegal, though the coach did say the picture was taken in August.
The Mustangs of East High School are ranked second among Class 5A football powers by the Asssociated Press. Whitehaven High School’s Tigers are ranked third among the Class 6A elite. The two forces clash on Friday (Oct. 17th) at Whitehaven.
Coach Marcus Wimberly and the Mustangs (6-1, 3-1) will travel to Whitehaven (6-0, 3-0) for the big game, which is set to kick off at 7 p.m.
Here are the Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee's six Division I non-financial aid classifications and in the combined Division II financial aid classification as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. It reflects first-place votes in parentheses, records through October 13, and total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:
Possibilities: With the Rebels having a matchup against No. 3 Alabama the week after hosting Memphis, it’s quite possible that Ole Miss could overlook the Tigers –a nearly three-touchdown underdog. Much of Tiger Nation is hoping to catch the Rebels sleeping and get out of Oxford with a victory on the road.
Assumption: Although Rebels coach Huge Freeze has backpedaled on his comments about the Ole Miss game being the “Super Bowl” to the U of M football team, it’s safe to assume the Tigers will use those comments to fuel their fire. If the Tigers can come in with a chip on their shoulders, it may be the necessary ingredient to cook up an upset.
Signifying, joning, jiving, talking smack, playing the dozens and trash talking are all types of verbal war games in which a majority of us African-American males growing up in urban environs were engaged…regularly.
Strategically, the key is to point out and exploit any real or perceived weakness, deficiency or shortcoming of the other person. Tactically, the key is to make it as sharp, cutting and as funny as possible. This verbal jousting used to be limited to community venues like: street corners, playgrounds, barbershops, gyms, etc. But now, broadcast, social and print media have given this ghetto bravado digital platforms for instant distribution to huge global audiences.