Ryan Aplin will cause Hugh Freeze to change his offensive signals again before the 2014 season.
The former Arkansas State QB is leaving Ole Miss as an intern and heading to Auburn as a graduate assistant under Gus Malzahn. Aplin played for both coaches at Arkansas State.
It’s the second time this year Freeze has changed the play calls. Freeze changed every call and formation this spring following last year’s incident with former Rebels’ staffer (and current Alabama assistant) Tyler Siskey.
Rebels’ fans accused Siskey of stealing the offensive signs and relaying them to the coaching staff during Alabama’s 25-0 shutout. Ole Miss fans took it personally. You can read Twitter mentions here.
Freeze and his staff spent much time changing calls, signs and signals during spring practice. He talked to the media about changing the signs in April, and Freeze said he could see himself messing up a call.
“The hardest thing is for me really, and for whoever is doing the flip charts and the signals,” Freeze said this past spring. “It easily could be that they have to decipher my old stuff and make it right. I told them that if I’ve been saying, ‘Rambo,’ for seven, eight years now and that’s a menu in my mind and all of a sudden it’s not Rambo anymore — I could see myself messing that up.”
Is it wrong if former coaches steal signs? Nope. In fact, it’s part of the game. It’s the game within the game, and it’s the coaches’ fault should another assistant steal signs and signals.
Coaches should err on the side of caution and keep signals fresh, and Ole Miss’ offense returns plenty of veterans, which should help ease the transition and communication.
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