Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze resigns; calls to escort service uncovered

Jul 23, 2017, 00:47
Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze resigns; calls to escort service uncovered

This included beating Alabama, twice and bringing the Rebels to two New Year's Six bowls - a stunning end to a once-promising tenure. "As of yesterday, there appeared to be a concerning pattern", Bjork explained. The school then looked into the rest of his phone records and found more problems.

The phone call to the escort service was brought up by Thomas Mars, the attorney of former Rebels football coach Houston Nutt, in an email to Lee Tyner, the university's general counsel, referencing a "phone call Coach Freeze made that would be highly embarrassing for all of you and extremely hard to explain".

"He would have been fired for cause - for violating the moral turpitude clause in his contract - had he not resigned", a source familiar with the situation told us. "The conduct was just not something we could continue with as our head coach".

The resignation comes after the school discovered a phone call to an escort service coming from his school-issued cell phone, with reports saying is was no one time thing. An internet search shows the number linked to a site that offers various escort services. Freeze has said it was a misdial.

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Luke had served as a co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Ole Miss since 2012, Freeze's first year with the school.

However he said, "Ole Miss is so much more than football or athletics of course that's the front door and a much loved part of the University but there's so much more".

Bjork said that Freeze was "very transparent, open, honest and admitted the conduct". The Rebels are in the middle of an NCAA rules infractions case that includes 21 charges of academic, booster, and recruiting misconduct. However, the school kept digging through the records and must have found additional troubling information.

Freeze also faces a firestorm on social media, ridiculed for his religious beliefs following the allegations. Soon after, Tech and Ole Miss became his top choices.

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The former coach, who went 39-25 in six seasons at MS, frequently discusses his faith in public and uses his Twitter account to promote Christianity.

This is long gone for coach Freeze.

MS then implemented a self-imposed one-year bowl ban for the 2017 season after being notified of eight new alleged NCAA rules violations in addition to the 13 pre-existing allegations.

Naturally, social media has come alive in response to the announcement, and it has been a mixed bag for Freeze. The Rebels hold a 3-2 advantage over the past five seasons after winning the past three meetings, and three of the five games have been decided by three or less points. The Rebels had the fourth best recruiting class in 2016.

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