Report: Former Ole Miss players seeking eligibility are using texts, DMs to prove Hugh Freeze deceived them
The immediate eligibility of six former Ole Miss players in 2018 may rest in the hands of texts and direct messages.
According to a report from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, half a dozen Ole Miss players that have already announced their departure from the program are appealing the NCAA’s standard transfer policy — which forces players to sit out a season when transferring from one FBS program to another — and using texts and direct messages to help their case.
The players’ attorney alleges the former Ole Miss players possess evidence against former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze to strengthen their case. Among the claims made by the former Rebel players is the allegation that Freeze directly misled them during their recruitment — much like Freeze did to various media outlets leading up to 2016’s National Signing Day.
To support their claims, the former Ole Miss players have provided electronic interactions with attorney Thomas Mars. Mars is the same attorney that Houston Nutt hired in his lawsuit against Ole Miss and Freeze. It was from this lawsuit that the original calls Freeze made to an escort service were discovered — which led to his firing at Ole Miss.
The players that have hired Mars to assist in their appeal: Shea Patterson, Trey Nixon, Deontay Anderson, Jarrion Street, Jack DeFoor, and Van Jefferson.
Dodd’s CBS article contains images allegedly depicting a conversation between Freeze and Nixon as well as one between Patterson, allegedly using Freeze’s rationale, to ease Nixon’s concerns regarding Ole Miss.