Hugh Freeze Resigns, Matt Luke Named Interim Head Coach


MS football coach Hugh Freeze has resigned after university officials started investigating a call made to an escort service.

During a joint press conference after the news broke, Ole Miss Chancellor Jeff Vitter and Athletic Director Ross Bjork both acknowledged their disappointment in Freeze and that they had to hold him accountable for his actions after what they found to be a "concerning pattern" of behavior in his personal life. "As of yesterday, there appeared to be a concerning pattern". The school then looked into the rest of his phone records and found more problems.

According to Bjork, had Freeze not resigned, the university would have "exercised the termination clause in the contract for moral turpitude".

"He has taken responsibility and is accountable to his actions", Bjork said.

The calls were brought to the attention of the Ole Miss brass after one of Nutt's lawyers, Thomas Mars, filed a public records request for Freeze's phone records over a six-day period that included January 21, 2016, the day Freeze rang the escort service number. In response, Freeze said the allegations were not true and that the call was "a wrong number".

Players, such as former wide receiver Donte Moncrief, took to Twitter defending Freeze and encouraging the Ole Miss Rebels.

"It's sad", Sean Patterson Sr. told Rebels247, now the sister site of the Ole Miss Spirit.

Freeze, 47, had a 39-25 record in five seasons at MS, including a 5-7 record in 2016.

He also stated Freeze, whom he met with Wednesday night and again Thursday afternoon, admitted to the conduct and agreed to resign.

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The program was already dealing with the NCAA investigation that charged the Rebels with 21 violations.

It won't be easy to find a great hire for Ole Miss given all the trouble the school is in.

The Ole Miss program was under a lot of stress even before Freeze's resignation.

"Right now I'm just laying low", Scott said to ESPN.

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.

Shea Patterson was the nation's consensus top-rated quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class. Scandals are just part of the landscape nowadays, and Hugh Freeze was just the latest example of what it can do to a program, or career in his case.

While Ole Miss may avoid speaking on Freeze seeking escorts in the future, it's likely that more will come out from Wolken and others.

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. His tenure at Ole Miss has ended, and rightfully so.

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