Report: Hugh Freeze's departure from Ole Miss linked to calls made during recruiting trips
The Hugh Freeze saga continues.
The Wall Street Journal released a story on Wednesday linking Freeze’s departure from Ole Miss to several recruiting trips that coincided with phone calls linked to escort services.
Ole Miss officials cited a “pattern of misconduct” leading to the removal of Freeze as the head football coach. However, as the Wall Street Journal points out, school officials “had previously declined to characterize the alleged misconduct.”
Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork has now given a response to questions from the Journal about Freeze’s travel.
“When we say pattern, we are describing other phone numbers that when you Google them pull up similar type websites, services, however you would describe them,” Bjork said. “We took action swiftly.”
Bjork also added this comment:
The alleged behavior “did not meet our expectations,” Bjork said. “He could not be our coach.”
Among other items in the report, the Wall Street Journal notes that it used flight records to find that Freeze was in the same city as an escort service.
Calls over the course of several years often matched up with travel logs showing Freeze’s use of the school plane, especially during peak recruiting times.