Ole Miss Rebels: Amidst Female Escort Service Allegations, HC Hugh Freeze Resigns

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University of MS head football coach Hugh Freeze resigned from the position effective immediately on Thursday night.

"Coach Freeze had knowingly lied to the journalists and recruiting prospects by saying that the NCAA's investigation had little, if anything, to do with him or his coaching staff and was instead focused on alleged rules violations by Coach Nutt's staff". "As of yesterday, there appeared to be a concerning pattern".

"We initially attributed this call to a misdialed number". As part of our core values in running the athletics program, we have an obligation to do the right thing, so we proactively looked into the rest of his phone records. But he also carried shrouds of controversy, culminating with his resignation Thursday night after revelations of phone records that included calls to a number associated with a female escort service. ". There will be a lot of time to search for a permanent head coach". Freeze told Forde the call "might have been a misdial". His first paid position was as offensive line coach at Murray State from 2000-01, and after one season at Ole Miss under then-head coach David Cutcliffe, he went to Tennessee, where he was tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons under legendary former coach Phil Fulmer.

Ole Miss opens the season on September 2 against South Alabama, the team that opened 2016 by beating Mississippi State. In six seasons, he had a record of 39-25, with his worst record (5-7) coming last season.

"I've got no idea, to be honest", Freeze said.

While the MS native was a resounding success on the field during his tenure, winning almost 60 percent of his games and reaching a Sugar Bowl, off the field the program had become the subject of an NCAA investigation and Freeze's own personal conduct ultimately ended up costing him his job. It was Freeze's lawyer who turned over the relevant phone records to Ole Miss, which, given Nutt's own problems with public records in the past, is incredibly ironic.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach said that he spoke to Freeze about the allegations.

The Orlando Sentinel's Matt Murschel noted Ole Miss still has a hearing with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions before that situation is ultimately resolved. He will try to save a season that already had been scarred by a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA violations that Ole Miss said had nothing to do with Freeze being forced out.

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.

The embarrassing discovery comes as Ole Miss has been under a microscope of NCAA scrutiny for the previous year.

"Matt Luke will serve as the interim head coach for the 2017 season", Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said.

Cuevas, who was in Jackson this week at the annual clinic conducted by the Mississippi Association of Coaches, was as shocked as anyone when he heard that Freeze had stepped down.

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