Ole Miss coaches had to fake reactions for TV cameras on National Signing Day

Ole Miss coaches reactions

National Signing Day has become bigger and bigger as the media evolves to serve the recruiting needs of dedicated college football fans. FOX Sports, CBS Sports, and Yahoo! Sports all go all-out on National Signing Day with various shows and coverage. ESPN has taken matters to an entirely new level and treat National Signing Day like it’s the NFL Draft.

ESPNU schedules TV announcements for top recruits, and they have cameras in the “war room” to monitor the reactions of coaches expecting to receive a signed letter of intent from players. Ole Miss was the big winner on National Signing Day this year. They pulled in what many felt was the top recruiting class in the country and were featured prominently throughout the day Wednesday on ESPNU. Their coaches were shown celebrating each time a recruit chose to sign with them.

But did you realize that the reactions from the coaches shown on TV were actually staged?

Out of respect to the coaches, many recruits notify schools of their decision before they make their televised announcement. Such was the case for Ole Miss, which received signed letters of intent from some recruits in advance.

Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples had an outstanding article that explains how Ole Miss assembled the top class in the country. In the article, he mentions that Ole Miss received a faxed letter of intent from OL Laremy Tunsil at 9:00 a.m. ET Wednesday — the first moment players could send in their signed letters. Tunsil’s announcement wasn’t until 30 minutes later on TV, which means that although the Ole Miss coaches were elated, their reactions were not of genuine surprise.

Here’s how it looked on TV:

Around The Web

  • mwwhughes

    Not fake at all! Seeing a top recruit announce his commitment on national TV must be emotional for these coaches, especially after all of the work they had put in.

  • http://twitter.com/KrisWatson22 Kristopher Watson

    That’s the best fake board room photo since Obama and his cabinet celebrated the “killing” of Osama Bin Laden. 

  • http://twitter.com/Racalto_SK Jim Racalto

    Who cares either way?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I know it’s not a huge deal, but when something is portrayed to viewers as if it’s real or live, I think it’s important or interesting for people to know when it isn’t.

  • Chester Drawers

    Can anyone tell me the last time that Ole Miss has been relevant for anything?  It might be interesting to find out what kind of money as been transfered into the accounts of their families…..just wondering…

  • patrick rigaud

    of course nothing good can come out of mississippi , they had to fabricated it , it’s all stage.

  • patrick rigaud

    ole miss where is that third nation state is located, is it part of U.S.A

  • GMoney67

    Goddammit! Can’t we have ONE website where we can go WITHOUT having to hear some jerk spouting off about their politics! Dammit!

  • http://twitter.com/storageseo Storage SEO

    Elvis came out of Mississippi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Peterson/100003695745056 Jim Peterson

     Ole Miss is where you go if you live in Ms or the other SEC schools don’t want you. The doners really pulled out the checkbooks this year!


    **** Who was the idiot that wrote this article ??

  • http://twitter.com/macspc12 Mac Baker

    Go suck an egg Patrick! Your comment is childish at best! Hotty Toddy OLE MISS!

  • http://twitter.com/macspc12 Mac Baker

    Your arrogant and cowardly at the same time making that kind of open ended statement!

  • http://twitter.com/macspc12 Mac Baker

    Jim I don’t know what college football team you are a supporter of but regardless your comment is “CHILDISH” and your an arrogant coward to post what you did! I went to OLE MISS and I am from Mississippi! So don’t come back with some lame response because I called you out for making such a “RIDICULOUS” comment!

  • http://twitter.com/macspc12 Mac Baker

    Chester let the chips fall when the 2013 College Football season starts and is over! Then come back and run your mouth about OLE MISS! Your assumption that
    OLE MISS being a non-relevant team that would have to actually pay the families off to get the talented players that they did is “ARROGANT,FALSE and COWARDLY”! Your a hater so it made you feel good to come here and post your ridiculous comment! 

  • http://twitter.com/macspc12 Mac Baker

    What a stupid article to try and undermine an amazing feat that OLE MISS/COACH FREEZE and the rest of the coaching staff pulled in for the 2013 Football Recruiting class!

  • peoplearecrazy

    Yet he still crushed Romney

  • Michael Jacobs

    i’ve been an Ole Miss fan for many yrs & have never seen such a great class of recruits like what we singed Wed, shows how we are headed back to being a contender in the SEC West div & shows what kind of a coach & recruiter we have in coach Freeze1! To all the idiots & isay IDIOTS who posted all those negative comments about our coaches acting out their jubilation about national signing day you people really showed your class & ignorance!!!!!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T7ULKTA7BKXMOFZ34HVB3VP6C4 MitchellJ

    You are a hack posing as a journalist. I write better than you too.