BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze is rebuilding the Rebels and is doing so in quick fashion.
In his first season as the Rebels head coach, Freeze led Ole Miss to a 7-6 record, leading his team past Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Ole Miss could become one of the surprise teams in the nation thanks to the return of 8 starters on offense, highlighted by quarterback Bo Wallace. He passed for 2,994 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2012. The defense returns all starters.
After signing one of the top recruiting classes in the nation in February, he's off to another good recruiting season with outstanding verbal commitments.
At Tuesday's SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama Freeze commented about questions surrounding his his recruiting process.
He said,"Our compliance office and our legal representation is representing every single thing that has been thrown at us. That gets very old but I do know this we're not perfect and if we have made any mistakes along the way it will be found and it will be reported. "
"I know the way we're doing things and I'm not concerned about anything that our coaches are out intentionally doing. I know they're not and I have great confidence in our process," Freeze added.
Ole Miss junior wide receiver Donte Moncrief has been named to the 2013 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List, announced by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation.
In 2012 Moncrief hauled in 66 catches for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Award will be presented on December 12, 2013.
Game times for two 2013 Southern Miss road football games, at Arkansas (Sept. 14) and UAB (Nov. 30), have been released.
The Golden Eagles travel to Fayetteville facing Arkansas at 11:21 a.m., and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Coach Todd Monken's team will play 10 times on television.
Southern Miss battles UAB on November 30 in Birmingham at Legion Field with a noon kickoff, closing out the regular season.
The Golden Eagles open the season Saturday, Aug. 31, at home against Texas State. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
2013 Southern Miss Football Schedule
Sat., Aug. 31 Texas State 6 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 7 at Nebraska (BTN) 5 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 14 at Arkansas (SEC Network) 11:21 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 28 at Boise State (ESPN Family) TBA
Sat., Oct. 5 FIU* (CSS) TBA
Sat., Oct. 19 at East Carolina* (FSN) TBA
Sat., Oct. 26 North Texas* (HC/FCS) 6 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 2 at Marshall* (CBS SN) 11:30 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 9 at Louisiana Tech* (CBS SN) 6 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 16 Florida Atlantic* (CSS) TBA
Sat., Nov. 23 Middle Tennessee* (CSS) TBA
Sat., Nov. 30 at UAB* 12 noon
* Conference USA game; All Game Times Central
Mississippi State opens the 2013 home slate in Starkville at 2:30 p.m. against Alcorn State on CSS.
The SEC announced that Mississippi State tackles Auburn on the road in Week 3 at 6 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN/ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Five of the Bulldogs' 12 games now have kickoff times set. Mississippi State kicks of the season at 2:30 p.m. in Houston on ABC/ESPN2 against Oklahoma State in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at Reliant Stadium. State will also play a pair of ESPN Thursday Night contests, hosting Kentucky on Oct. 24 and the Egg Bowl on Nov. 28. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. for both contests.
Head coach Dan Mullen, along with Tyler Russell, Benardrick McKinney and Kaleb Eulls, will be in Alabama Wednesday for Southeastern Conference Media Days.
2013 MISSISSIPPI STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 31 - vs. Oklahoma State (Reliant Stadium) - 2:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)
Sept. 7 - ALCORN STATE - 2:30 p.m. (CSS)
Sept. 14 - at Auburn - 6 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)
Sept. 21 - TROY - TBA
Oct. 5 - LSU - TBA
Oct. 12 - BOWLING GREEN - TBA
Oct. 24 - KENTUCKY - 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Nov. 2 - at South Carolina - TBA
Nov. 9 - at Texas A&M - TBA
Nov. 16 - ALABAMA - TBA
Nov. 23 - at Arkansas (L.R.) - TBA
Nov. 28 - OLE MISS - 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)