Before getting to this week's game between Georgia and the next football program to be dropped into the NCAA Tub of Leeches, Weekend Predictions Investments and Assorted Googled Obscure History References would like to remind you:
It was 64 years ago Friday when Richard Nixon gave his "Checkers" speech. For those of you who slept through U.S. history: Nixon, then only a shady vice presidential candidate who hadn't yet fully blossomed into a corrupt president, was accused of financial improprieties related to a trust fund allegedly set up to reimburse him for political expenses, and maybe Milkbones.
He denied wrongdoing in a speech but admitted receiving one gift: "Checkers," his dog. And damn't, "I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're gonna keep it."
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze should remember this strategy.
The NCAA has been investigating Mississippi for everything except impersonating a post-Civil War campus. Academic fraud, out-of-control boosters, players driving loaner cars, parents staying in free hotel rooms, embarrassing a nation when Laremy Tunsil looked like a 320-pound, Dorito-eating, gasmask-wearing, bong-sucking Spicoli on NFL draft night.
When the NCAA swings the sledgehammer, Freeze can respond, "Fine! But we're keeping the dog!"
Freeze has labeled the NCAA's investigation "a four-year colonoscopy."
Nice visual, particular this season. The Rebels have lost to Florida State and Alabama, and now play Georgia. Freshman Jacob Eason helped the Bulldogs pull out a win at Missouri. But if it was that hard at Missouri, what's the foreshadowing in Oxford?
Mississippi is playing with a headache. But not leg chains. Yet.
Chad Kelly vs. Georgia's defense: bad match-up. Bad timing. Bad game. Mississippi covers 7.
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