On the manipulation thing... Hughes really pissed me off when he pulled Joe aside on the first episode and 'led him on' so to speak, making him think, "oh no, I better tell Matt (Serra) so he picks me first." Hughes even said later that he had no intention to pick him, but he acted so genuine, as if he really wanted him on his team. It showed me how natural he is at manipulation, which tells me he's been doing it his whole life. Hence the jock persona.
Some will say that this is just strategy and it's a part of the game. That may be so, but Hughes totally blew his "wholesome christian nice-guy" image (which I didn't believe in the first place) by playing Joe like a pawn and then laughing about it behind his back. I look forward to seeing their boys fight, but I'll be happy when both Matts are done with the show.